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Texas Has Gone Too Far

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The American people should be quite upset about what the Texas State School Board recently approved for its Social Studies Program. This new approval will affect their history books and have a great affect on how and what is taught. Unfortunately this ramification could extend way beyond Texas and have an effect on most of the country. What was just passed is a bigoted way to keep the truth from being exposed about what happened to the African-America People of Color and the slave trade of which the United States participated.

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The real history and the ugly truth of what happened to the African-American People of Color, the slave trade and slavery in this country has never been told in the history books of this country, and the African-American People of Color have never been given a formal apology by this government, which is something that I point out in my book "Born In The Wrong Country."

Texas now wants to use the Bible and Biblical teaching in the school system; I understand this because the Bibles that are in circulation now and used in this country were written by the White man. Look at the King James Version of The Holy Bible, and ask yourself what does that infer? When something is named after someone like King James, one must not be naive to think that he didn't have any say about what went into The Holy Bible. King James was a White man with immense power as most kings had, and what he said was law. One would have to be completely naive to think that just because his name was on the Holy Bible, that he was a devout Christian who was filled with love and respect of all people of the world. Let's face facts and look at the various slave issues of the Bible.

What the Texas school board is trying to do is to circumvent the power that is emerging with the African-American People of Color and the Hispanic population of this country.,2933,165395,00.html Now is not the time to allow Texas to interfere with the real history of this country from being told.

Before trying to rewrite something to the conservative aspect of the Republican Party, Texas and America need to come clean and tell the truth about the real history of the American people who didn't come in by way of Ellis Island, but who were brought in chains through what is now called the Middle Passage and other passages. Trying to change the name of the Slave Trade to the Atlantic Triangular Trade is a farce.

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The action taken by the Texas School Board is upsetting; it should upset the entire country, especially those who claim to be fighting against bigotry and stupidity.

Dare the Texas School Board print what this country's slavery and slave trade did to this nation, and do they have the gumption to put into print how many people of the African-American ancestry were maimed, killed and murdered during this slave trade and slavery; do they dare tell of what they continued doing while continuing to rape African-Americans long after slavery was abolished? These actions are only part of the vast racist behavior which still plagues this country. When are Texas and the United States of America going to finally have the audacity to tell the truth rather than show their arrogance and ineptitude?

Beside Texas becoming a minority, what other reason is there for changing the way history is being taught? Is Texas afraid of the real truth being exposed in the Social Studies and History classrooms? Texas and the other states of the United States of America should be working with African-American scholars and historians to create a history book, which would be accurate to the American Indians and the slaves, which were forced to work as slaves for an insidious nation.

It is said that Texas buys more school books than any state in the United States except California. With that being said, I wonder how long has this process been going on, and can that be one of the reasons that Black History is so scarce to non-existent in the American History Books? If basically every state is going to be influenced by Texas, then every state should have a say or not adhere to the Texas format. One case of bigotry and stupidity doesn't mean that all states have to comply with the same racist, prejudicial system of telling their own story; it has been done for far too long. Texas has definitely gone too far, and I'd ask this country how long do the American People want to remain ignorant?

Stupidity irks me because it means that one wants to remain ignorant; racism and prejudice anger me because I see what they've done and continue doing to this country. Arrogance is the epitome of stupidity because it doesn't care, and that is why the mistakes of an arrogant person or nation become so dangerous. Our previous presidential administration, which lasted from 2000-2008 proved to be a deadly example in body count and economic stability of this country. When soldiers are still being killed, when our people are still unemployed, and when so many in this country still don't have enough to eat is lesson that should have taught us to stay away from the right winged politics of this country.

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