Students in Texas public schools should not read books that contain sexism or racism because it could make them feel bad?
Armed with a list of about 850 books apparently found by suspects, Conservative State Representative (R-Fort Worth) Matt Krause wants to hold an unknown number of public schools in the state accountable: are those books on their shelves, who can read them and how much The money these regions spent to put them in their libraries?
In a letter dated October 25, 2021 to Texas Education Agency Deputy Commissioner Lilly Lukes, Krause also wants to know about any other books in unnamed school districts that address topics such as:
“Human sexual activity, sexually transmitted diseases, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), sexually explicit imagery, or graphic presentations of illegal sexual behavior, or that contain material that may make students feel discomfort, guilt, distress, or any other form of psychological distress because of their race or gender or convey that the student, by virtue of his or her race or gender, is inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously.”
This comes after Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law a “critical race theory” law on September 1 that says teachers do not have to discuss current events and, if they do, have to present both sides – which of course leads to eternity Earlier this month the director of curriculum and instruction for the school district in South Lake, Texas, told teachers that because of House 3979 if they discuss the Holocaust, they should bring up the “other side.”
Krause, who described himself as a “loyal conservative fighter” running for attorney general against incumbent Ken Paxton, was previously known for his “Lemonade Freedom Day” bill that made children’s lemonade (or Kool Aid) legal and exempt from state health. and licensing laws.
Now, apparently, he’s trying to protect kids even more by making sure they don’t have to read about people who do bad things to others because of sexism or racism. He seems to think that they shouldn’t think about these things. Where he got his reading list from is anyone’s guess.
As expected enough, the Texas Teachers Association, on behalf of its members, was not happy with Krause’s request, or his November 12 deadline for handing the information to him. As stated in his press release:
“Rep. Krause’s letter asking school administrators to provide him with lists of books on certain topics on their textbook shelves is annoying and politically offensive in the classroom. Nothing in state law, not even in HB3979 or SB3, gives the legislature the authority to conduct this kind of witch hunt.”
This is a clear attack on diversity and an attempt to score political points at the expense of our children’s education. What will Rep. Krause suggest next? Burning books that he and a handful of parents find objectionable? “
Oh, and just to be clear, Krause doesn’t do this as part of the House Education Committee. He does so in his role as chair of the Texas House of Representatives Committee of Public Inquiry.
Last year, Texas defied land law and essentially banned abortion in the state, deciding that legislators, not women, should control women’s bodies even in cases of rape and incest. He imposed unreasonable voting restrictions that were put in place to suppress minority voting. I have mapped out a statewide redistricting to further suppress this vote and ensure that Republicans stay in power.
With cold weather approaching, we face the real possibility of another energy crash like the one that happened last February when 210 people died. The Texas legislature and Gov. Abbott vowed to make sure that never happens again, essentially doing nothing about crafting legislation where loopholes abound. In an effort to protect his far-right wing, Abbott has issued executive orders saying that no government or company can require its employees — or in the case of school districts: students — to wear masks to protect against COVID-19. Fortunately there are more than a few organizations that ignore this directive.
Our only surprise is that Ray Bradbury Fahrenheit 451 It’s not on the list of books Krause wants to root for. But we are not surprised by all of this Margaret Atwood The Handmaid’s Tale In the form of a graphic novel about a dystopian society in the future.
Lately, we seem to be walking toward dystopiana in Texas, with the potential for our hands to be warmed by burning books as the power grid collapses again. Yes indeed, winter is coming.