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Texas Boards of Education publish separate racist history textbooks.

Discussion in 'North American Politics' started by shunyadragon, Jan 14, 2020.

  1. shunyadragon

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    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.


    Two States. Eight Textbooks. Two American Stories.

    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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  2. fantome profane

    fantome profane Keep safe, and keep your neighbours safe.
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    And people wonder why your country is so divided.
     
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    Its one country. That's why we are having this conversation. The differences are an eddie of the original problem of the poor versus the wealthy, which all countries still have. USA is supposed to be a place where these differences are minimized, and so we're supposed to be holding the banner of equality.
     
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    Computerized printing allows for customized textbooks. Who knows, in a generation the South might think that they won the Civil War.
     
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    Kangaroo Feathers Yea, it is written in the Book of Cyril...

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    I look forward to the resident Texan traitor/loser enthusiast stopping by for his apologetic take.
     
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    Twilight Hue The gentle embrace of twilight has become my guide

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    What matters is an accurate elaboration of real history and what actually went on. That makes a good history book.

    Tell it the way it was.
     
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    That seems like an over-simplistic overview of the article. It covers examples of both states textbooks deviating from the default text in different ways for different reasons and in both cases it boils down to laws and regulations specifically implemented in both states and the opinions of the review boards appointed by the state governments of the day.

    I think the simple approach to the question would be do you want a singular curriculum enforced across the entire country or do you accept curricula being determined at a state level (which will obviously require variations in textbooks). I’d suggest that is a separate question to ones about what should and shouldn’t be included in the curriculum, since that would need to be answer regardless of whether the decisions are being made at the state or national levels.
     
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    But that often sheds the country in general or the south in particular in a bad light. Some would rather omit or revise history than own up to it because they value their pride over objective truth.
     
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    That's because republicans have long relied on an uninformed/misinformed electorate to get into office, and thus lower the quality of education when they can get their hands on it.
     
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    What stood out so much to me was omitting the word slaves and substituting immigrating labor.
     
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    I know that all too well. Crying shame too.

    When I went to the reservation for instance I discovered a lot of things the history books omit and it's a crying shame students get the revised alternative version.

    I think I learned more out of school than in school on the subject overall.
     
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    Twilight Hue The gentle embrace of twilight has become my guide

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    I can't stand sanitized PC terminology or the people that use it in that regard. Grr..

    Kind of an eye opener when you put the pieces on the table side by side and notice the literary drift. You start seeing the whole picture.
     
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    Sickening.

    Then, the right has been 'making its own reality' for some time.
     
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    A lot of them already do.
     
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    Seems like two sides of the same coin only telling the side it wants to. For example flight from cities can due to racism and multiculturalism for some people. It can be due to crime for others. Seems like both books cut out reasons for a move.
     
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    You can never really accept any one single source on such highly contentious matters. Every single sector of academia is biased politically one way or another and it affects how they write about the happenings -- what they omit and include.

    Lots of things get omitted by the mostly left academics -- like how most of the slaves were sold by black people in trade to whites. However, the white man is the bad-y in the story now, etc. Race wasn't the real factor here -- it was trade... The black tribes in Africa had people as goods, so that's what they traded with. There was never a "white takeover and roundup" either... Colonialism (in Africa) didn't start until Europeans started looking for oil and resources... Slavery was basically over for America by this time and the Civil war was already over. So, by the time the Colonial powers are conquering Africa slavery is basically over here anyway. But, our books pretend they're concurrent. :D
     
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    No, you cannot depend on only one source on such highly contentious matters, but it also unethical and immoral to try and rewrite history to justify a racist Southern agenda. One big fact your ignoring is slavery did not end with the end of the Civil War.

    What was refer to in this edited text are undeniable historical facts of widespread racism in America, based on a racist and religious agenda. If there are more facts that need to be addressed bring them up and we will discuss them
     
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    Actually no, the specific facts edited and omitted by the Texas editors of the textbooks are facts of American history and not opinions.

    If you have any specific facts in question that need to addressed concerning the original text, be specific. The original text in the history book was compiled by historians, and not opinions. A history to certain extent I lived through and witnessed.
     
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    Unfortunately they are using a strategy where they are "honest" by only printing facts. What they are trying to do is called "lying by omission".
     
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