I’m starting to pity Texans

It’s easy to hate the demented fucks they keep electing, but then the citizens of the state have to live under the inanity they produce. Maybe some day they’ll figure it out, but until then, they get to suffer the consequences of their actions.

So now they’ve got conservative ‘educators’ who specialize in double-think.

A group of Texas educators have proposed to the Texas State Board of Education that slavery should be taught as “involuntary relocation” during second grade social studies instruction.

The group of nine educators, including a professor at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, is one of many such groups advising the state education board to make curriculum change requests. This summer, the board will consider updates to social studies instruction a year after lawmakers passed a law to keep topics that make students “feel discomfort” out of Texas classrooms.

Uh-oh. If the goal is to not “feel discomfort”, there goes math. You know, one of the things we need to do in education is stretch brains a little bit, which does cause some stress. Hiding the reality of slavery behind euphemisms is not education.


  1. submoron says

    “involuntary relocation”. I see, like “special military operation”.

  2. Louis says

    Wait…isn’t it usually our “anti-woke” chums who complain about linguistic creep and bowdlerisation as Political Correctness Gorn Mad (TM), woke-scold grammar Nazi-ing etc? Well, given our expertise in such wanton verbal evils, natch, I am kindly offering them some other suggestions.

    “Melanin related coordination transferral”

    “Intercontinental non-consensual pseudo-tourism”

    “Ethnic heritage derived repatriation-based unenthusiastic work programme”

    “Development opportunities”

    Okay that last one is a real thing said in real companies. But I’d argue still sufficiently euphemistic to work.


  3. R. L. Foster says

    The Texas secession declaration of Feb. 2, 1861 references the words slave, slavery, or slave-holding 21 times. If you substitute ‘involuntary relocation’ for those words the document makes no sense. For instance, if one changes the phrase ‘maintaining and protecting the institution known as negro slavery’ to ‘maintaining and protecting the institution known as involuntary relocation’ you’ve got nonsense.

  4. birgerjohansson says

    German schools have no problem informing kids about the coyntry’s “uncomfortable ” past, but today’s Germans have no emotional investment in praising the people of the Third Reich.
    GOPlicans are nationalists, in the ugliest meaning of the word. America never did anything wrong. They are like today’s Japanese leaders who deny the war crimes of WWII. Or the Russian leaders.

  5. raven says

    That involuntary relocation was followed by involuntary labor, involuntary breeding, involuntary place of residence, and sometimes involuntary ceasing of life for those who didn’t like the involuntary feature of the life style.

    …topics that make students “feel discomfort” out of Texas classrooms.

    This is meaningless.
    I find the whole current GOP government of Texas discomforting and reprehensible.
    I find most religion in general but especially the fundie xian perversion of xianity to be discomfort.
    The attempt to hide the reality of slavery in Texas is also discomforting.
    Creationism is discomforting.

  6. charley says

    Argue at their level. How would your high school football team do if their PT never made them uncomfortable? The brain is like a muscle.

  7. robro says

    “Involuntary relocation” goes right along with the Texas GOP platform to “dictate the ways in which the events at the Alamo are remembered”. We wouldn’t want Travis, John Wayne…I mean Davy Crockett, and Jim Bowie to be seen in any way other than as brave heroes willing to sacrifice their lives for Texas independence. Certainly not land speculators scheming to sell land to the slave owners…ahem, “involuntary relocation” owners.

  8. says

    I know there are many good people in Texas, and it was a long time ago that I visited that place, but I haven’t forgotten all the people who came up to me my third day there saying, “how y’all like Texas, helluva lot better than Oregon, ain’t it?”
    Well, no.
    Texas is brown, has no bottle bill (hence bottles & cans lying by the side of every road) and is lousy with fire ants. Smoking pot was still a felony in the 1980’s. I suppose I could find some pity for Texans somewhere…maybe in an old box in the attic here. Yeah, here’s some. Ooh, seems to have ossified a bit…

  9. lanir says

    Aren’t these the same people who don’t even want to make sure all children in school get fed?

    It’s never really about the children. Whenever right wing bozos bring children into the mix it’s because they think it’s a magic word. They treat it like an automatic gotcha for anyone who argues against them (it’s not and hasn’t been for a long time). And they use it as a switch to turn off the brains of their base (which… still seems to largely work, unfortunately).

  10. wzrd1 says

    It’s a two pronged attack, let it run, they’ll extend that teaching to another involuntary relocation, one that the Nazis engaged in, while their new “education” program expands to teach that nobody died in the gas chambers, as cyanide is good for you or something equally idiotic.

  11. Ridana says

    Ok, so they tell these second graders about “involuntary relocation,” then have to spend the rest of the class explaining what the hell those words mean and how to read and spell them for the tests.

  12. whheydt says

    Re: feralboy @ #10…
    Ah, yes…fire ants. In the 1980s I worked for a company that brought to market a product to control fire ants. The basic research was done with Federal money, so it was made under license. It was a fire ant juvenile hormone coated onto corn meal.

    The problem was…nobody would buy it. The state of Texas wasn’t willing to spend any money to buy it and spray state land, so the adjacent landowners weren’t willing to buy it the spray their land because they’d just get re-infested from the state lands. Net result, nobody would do a damned thing to control the ants.

    Fire ants are actually a very real problem. They can kill livestock and the nests are hard enough to break farm equipment, such as plows.

    The same company had a bacillus thuringensis toxin insecticide. It was tough to get it to stick to plants in order to be effective, but the big problem (as one of the company researchers told me) is that farmers wanted to spray their field, put the equipment away, walk to the fence and listen to the bugs falling dead off the plants. BT toxin didn’t work that fast.

  13. csilvestri says

    Well, you get what someone votes for. With all of the ways Republicans restrict voting in Texas and states like it, it might not be you.

  14. Melkor says

    According to multiple progressive friends living in Texas, thanks to the gerrymandering Texas isn’t \a state, it’s a hostage situation.