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A Republican’s Latest Threat to Education and Historical Truth

Representative Terri Leo-Wilson introduces an education bill to promote a narrow and racist worldview.

Terri Leo-Wilson’s HB1804 is a piece of legislation aimed at banning the teaching of significant historical events like the Civil Rights Era, anti-Vietnam protests, and the French Revolution in Texas schools. The bill is dangerous and only the latest racist attempt to solidify white supremacy in the state’s education system.

This bill comes on the heels of Governor Ron DeSantis’ latest stunt in Florida banning Black history from being taught in AP History classes.

Education is a fundamental right that shapes the future of a society and its citizens. The ability to learn, understand, and critically analyze history is essential to a well-rounded education. So why are Republicans pushing us toward a white supremacist dystopian future? A recent poll found that 73% of Trump voters believe discrimination against whites has become as big a problem as discrimination against blacks and other minorities..

When you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression.

Leo-Wilson’s bill has precise language makes it clear what history is being targeted. Key historical events, including the Civil Rights Era, anti-Vietnam protests, and the French Revolution, would be prohibited from the classroom.

This bill is not only an attack on education but an attempt to promote a revisionist history that downplays the systemic racism and inequalities that still exist in society today.

The Civil Rights Era was a pivotal moment in American history, characterized by acts of bravery and sacrifice as individuals fought for their rights and dignity. Anti-Vietnam protests, on the other hand, were a demonstration of the power of peaceful protest and dissent. The French Revolution, in turn, was a seminal event that marked the beginning of modern democracy and set the stage for the eventual toppling of monarchies across Europe. To ban the teaching of these events is to erase important moments of progress and change in world history.

It’s the Lost Cause all over again.

This is an obvious attempt to promote a one-sided view of history that suits the Republican Party’s interests and ideology.

By censoring the teaching of these events, the Republicans are rewriting history to align with their political views and solidifying white supremacy in Texas schools. This is unacceptable and flies in the face of free and open principles at the heart of education.

We must resist this latest assault on education and ensure that future generations have access to the complete and factual history of the world. By teaching our children the full and complex story of humanity, we empower them to understand the world around them and make informed decisions about the future.

We have to call out this bill for what is.

A thinly-veiled attempt to promote a narrow and racist worldview.

Leo-Wilson’s bill is a regressive step in the fight for education and historical truth. It must be opposed and defeated. By standing up for education and preserving the right to learn, understand, and critically analyze history, we can ensure that future generations are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to build a more just and equitable society.

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