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    Texas Boards of Education publish separate racist history textbooks.

    History textbooks used in Texas were edited to support a racist antebellum political agenda.

    The following is a classic example. Others are cited in the article cited.

    Source: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/01/12/us/texas-vs-california-history-textbooks.html


    California notes the suburban dream of the 1950s was inaccessible to many African-Americans.

    McGraw-Hill, “United States History Since 1877,” Texas, P. 436

    Texas does not.

    California and Texas textbooks sometimes offer different explanations for white backlash to black advancement after the Civil War, from Reconstruction to housing discrimination in the 20th century.

    Southern whites resisted Reconstruction, according to a McGraw-Hill textbook, because they “did not want African-Americans to have more rights.” But the Texas edition offers an additional reason: Reforms cost money, and that meant higher taxes.

    Whole paragraphs on redlining and restrictive deeds appear only in the California editions of textbooks, partly as a result of different state standards. Texas’ social studies guidelines do not mention housing discrimination at all.

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    I think those of conscience agree with you 200% on this.

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    When two or more causes exist for some trend in society, which one gets emphasized?

    White flight to suburbs would not have been possible without the "car culture" of highways, supermarkets, and malls. Some posit that was the root cause, others to the discomfort of having black families move into a neighborhood, racism.

    The Civil War was about a clash of cultures and a way of life, and it was also about slavery. But was slavery some secondary issue? A look at the documents of the founding fathers of the CSA shows that it was an issue of primary importance.

    What was the real cost to southern society for implementing racist policies and rolling back Reconstruction advances? Reducing the issue to one of fiscal conservatism is laughable. That line of thought prepares the ground for another historical view, that the slow economic rise of the south coincided with establishment of Jim Crow (which I agree with, economic growth was flat under Reconstruction and the era which the south elected black legislators).

    But what was the root causes of economic growth in south, racist agendas, or other factors?

    One topic also absent and downplayed in the Teks curricula is the racial dimension to the interactions with Mexicans Americans. Not sure how the California edition handles it.

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    Just one among many examples of how government indoctrinates and manipulates the masses with a particular ideology via the public educational system.
    "I was the CIA director. We lied, we cheated, we stole, it was like... we had entire training courses. It reminds you of the glory of the American experiment." - Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State (source).

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    Quote Originally Posted by simplicio View Post
    When two or more causes exist for some trend in society, which one gets emphasized?

    White flight to suburbs would not have been possible without the "car culture" of highways, supermarkets, and malls. Some posit that was the root cause, others to the discomfort of having black families move into a neighborhood, racism.

    The Civil War was about a clash of cultures and a way of life, and it was also about slavery. But was slavery some secondary issue? A look at the documents of the founding fathers of the CSA shows that it was an issue of primary importance.

    What was the real cost to southern society for implementing racist policies and rolling back Reconstruction advances? Reducing the issue to one of fiscal conservatism is laughable. That line of thought prepares the ground for another historical view, that the slow economic rise of the south coincided with establishment of Jim Crow (which I agree with, economic growth was flat under Reconstruction and the era which the south elected black legislators).

    But what was the root causes of economic growth in south, racist agendas, or other factors?

    One topic also absent and downplayed in the Teks curricula is the racial dimension to the interactions with Mexicans Americans. Not sure how the California edition handles it.
    First point, yes the economy was flat after the Civil War during the Reconstruction period, because the railroads, industry and commerce of the South was destroyed, but penal servitude (prison slavery) provided much of the labor to rebuild the South. In part, because a large portion of male labor force was killed or wounded during the war. Fred slaves were rounded up in large numbers and convicted of trumped up. or minor offences, and convicted for up to life sentences as penal servitude labor.

    Source: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/10/origin-prison-slavery-shane-bauer-american-prison-excerpt.html


    The Origins of Prison Slavery
    How Southern whites found replacements for their emancipated slaves in the prison system.
    By SHANE BAUER

    OCT 02, 20188:00 AM


    The Stories of “Segregation Academies,” as Told by the White Students Who Attended Them When Did the Right Become Unable to Deal With the Complexity of American History?
    Being Right About Reagan’s Racism Was Bad for Jimmy Carter

    In August, an organization called the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee announced that prisoners in at least 17 states had pledged to stage a strike to protest prison conditions. It is unclear how many inmates actually took part in the 19-day strike, but organizers said “thousands“ refused to work, staged sit-ins, and turned away meals to demand “an immediate end to prison slavery.” Nationwide, inmates’ labor is essential to running prisons. They cook, clean, do laundry, cut hair, and fulfill numerous administrative tasks for cents on the dollar, if anything, in hourly pay. Prisoners have been used to package Starbucks coffee and make lingerie. In California, inmates volunteer to fight the state’s wildfires for just $1 an hour plus $2 per day.

    The link between prison labor and slavery is not merely rhetorical. At the end of the Civil War, the 13th amendment abolished slavery “except as a punishment for a crime.” This opened the door for more than a century of forced labor that was in many ways identical to, and in some ways worse than, slavery. The following is an excerpt from my new book, American Prison: A Reporter’s Undercover Journey Into the Business of Punishment. The book details my time working undercover as a prison guard in a for-profit prison in Louisiana. It also traces the ways in which our prison system evolved out of the attempt of Southern businessmen to keep slavery alive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shunyadragon View Post
    First point, yes the economy was flat after the Civil War during the Reconstruction period, because the railroads, industry and commerce of the South was destroyed, but penal servitude (prison slavery) provided much of the labor to rebuild the South. In part, because a large portion of male labor force was killed or wounded during the war. Fred slaves were rounded up in large numbers and convicted of trumped up. or minor offences, and convicted for up to life sentences as penal servitude labor.

    Source: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/10/origin-prison-slavery-shane-bauer-american-prison-excerpt.html


    The Origins of Prison Slavery
    How Southern whites found replacements for their emancipated slaves in the prison system.
    By SHANE BAUER

    OCT 02, 20188:00 AM


    The Stories of “Segregation Academies,” as Told by the White Students Who Attended Them When Did the Right Become Unable to Deal With the Complexity of American History?
    Being Right About ReaganÂ’s Racism Was Bad for Jimmy Carter

    In August, an organization called the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee announced that prisoners in at least 17 states had pledged to stage a strike to protest prison conditions. It is unclear how many inmates actually took part in the 19-day strike, but organizers said “thousands“ refused to work, staged sit-ins, and turned away meals to demand “an immediate end to prison slavery.” Nationwide, inmates’ labor is essential to running prisons. They cook, clean, do laundry, cut hair, and fulfill numerous administrative tasks for cents on the dollar, if anything, in hourly pay. Prisoners have been used to package Starbucks coffee and make lingerie. In California, inmates volunteer to fight the state’s wildfires for just $1 an hour plus $2 per day.

    The link between prison labor and slavery is not merely rhetorical. At the end of the Civil War, the 13th amendment abolished slavery “except as a punishment for a crime.” This opened the door for more than a century of forced labor that was in many ways identical to, and in some ways worse than, slavery. The following is an excerpt from my new book, American Prison: A Reporter’s Undercover Journey Into the Business of Punishment. The book details my time working undercover as a prison guard in a for-profit prison in Louisiana. It also traces the ways in which our prison system evolved out of the attempt of Southern businessmen to keep slavery alive.

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    My point was what root causes get distilled down to some minimum, where something gets truncated. So the prison labor system was influenced by racism, yet took on a life of its own in that the economic advantages of using prison slave labor was still perpetuated because so many came to have an economic stake in its existence.

    A poster brought up the costs of integration (an argument which surprised me), but the reaction to federal interference and violation of subsidiarity (the natural ad appropriate of leaving decisions at the lowest levels, local control) was establishing integration academies across the south. Establishing the parallel and segregated system was not cheap.

    And yes, I am Catholic, and recognize that in some cases the parochial school was used as a foil to integration. But that was not common to the parochial school system.

    A truncated history is not accurate, and when it is truncated, one has to wonder at the motivation or reasons the altered picture is preferred.

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    The movie Giant came out in the fifties, and the studio worried that the reaction to the movie in Texas would Hurt its commercial success. Surprisingly to many, the reaction in Texas was positive. For those not familiar with the film, it deals with racism and intermarriage within a powerful Texas oil family.

    Are Americans too fragile to confront the past, to examine the high as well as the low points? I don't think so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simplicio View Post
    The movie Giant came out in the fifties, and the studio worried that the reaction to the movie in Texas would Hurt its commercial success. Surprisingly to many, the reaction in Texas was positive. For those not familiar with the film, it deals with racism and intermarriage within a powerful Texas oil family.

    Are Americans too fragile to confront the past, to examine the high as well as the low points? I don't think so.
    What you cited here does not represent the main issues of our racist history excluded from the Texas history that they excluded from the text books. What is your explanation of the exclusion and dishonest statements made in the edits of the Texas textbooks?
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