There are many things that I love about the great state of Texas. Living in Louisiana, you learn to enjoy every minute you spend in a state where the roads aren’t full of potholes and the bridges aren’t falling apart.
Every time I head over to Houston, I make it a point to stop at Buc-ee’s in Baytown for gas, a brisket sandwich, or just the opportunity to use the cleanest gas station bathrooms I have ever seen. Seriously, these are bathrooms that are cleaned religiously and you could probably eat off the floors – they’re that clean.
Even as Texas becomes more liberal and more diverse, there still exists a very vocal and very active group of right-wing conservatives who hold a tremendous amount of political clout. They control the state government, send representatives to Congress like Ted Cruz or Louie Gohmert, and even propose putting inaccurate and racist information in public school textbooks.
A prime example of this is language in a proposed textbook painting Mexicans as lazy in comparison to white settlers.
The coalition pointed to a specific passage in the proposed textbook as an obvious example of the book’s flaws. Immediately after noting that Mexicans were stereotyped as being “lazy,” the authors “reinforce that stereotype in a discussion of relations between workers and American industrialists in Mexico in the late 1800s,” the coalition said. The group quoted from page 248 of the textbook:
“Industrialists were very driven, competitive men who were always on the clock and continually concerned about efficiency. They were used to their workers putting in a full day’s work, quietly and obediently, and respecting rules, authority, and property. In contrast, Mexican laborers were not reared to put in a full day’s work so vigorously. There was a cultural attitude of ‘mañana,’ or ‘tomorrow,’ when it came to high-gear production.”
The Texas State Board of Education is reviewing the proposed book and will consider public comments and feedback in September. (Source)
Currently, 52 percent of Texas students are Hispanics. Can you imagine the outcry from Texas conservatives if a textbook was proposed that described white settlers as invaders who stole land from a sovereign nation? Or how about if a textbook spoke honestly about the Civil War and slavery in the state’s history?
Of course there would be outrage, even if the truth was spoken. Yet, conservatives are willing to further isolate and vilify the very people who they need to keep political control? This is so short-sighted and ridiculous, it could have only been brought to you by Texas conservatives.
It has been zero days since Texas was not a national embarrassment.