Texas Republicans have made it official (boldface mine):
In a new political low in Texas, the Republican-dominated state Senate has passed a bill to eliminate a requirement that public schools teach that the Ku Klux Klan and its white supremacist campaign of terror are “morally wrong.”
The cut is among some two dozen curriculum requirements dropped from the new measure, along with studying Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, the works of United Farm Workers leader Cesar Chavez, Susan B. Anthony’s writings about the women’s suffragist movement, and Native American history.
Critics say the state is promoting an “anti-civics” education.
Senate Bill 3 — passed last Friday 18-4 — drops most mentions of people of color and women from the state’s required curriculum.
That includes eliminating a requirement that students be taught the “history of white supremacy, including but not limited to the institution of slavery, the eugenics movement, and the Ku Klux Klan, and the ways in which it is morally wrong.”
Lest you think this is hyperbole, here is some of the language that would be cut from the state curriculum:
(7) the history of white supremacy, including but not limited to the institution of slavery, the eugenics movement, and the Ku Klux Klan, and the ways in which it is morally wrong;
Maybe they like eugenics? They could have edited this (shouldn’t have, but could have), but they just eliminated it entirely. Are we now both-sidesing the Ku Klux Klan? Or white supremacy? At this point, why not HITLER!!11!!? (probably shouldn’t give them any ideas…).
As I write often on this crappy blog, if you want to see what makes Republicans tick, follow the state and local level officials. It’s very revealing.
Never thought I would see a political party openly defend the Klan–which is what Texas Republicans have done.