This idea of moving out of the state of Texas is something I have been writing for years, literally. If you are raising children in Texas, entrusting them to the public school system there and giving active or tacit consent to the toxic mix of religion and politics that characterizes Texas, it is time to move out.
That is to say, it is time to move out if you haven’t moved already. I am a person who actually likes to have the opportunity to say, “I told you so,” and I have that bittersweet pleasure now. This past week there was a kerfuffle in a class on the campus of–where else–Texas State University. A group of white students walked out of instructor J. Ron McGee when he began to discuss the African ancestry of all human beings as it is believed in the Out of Africa theory.
I am sure that the idea of being descended from Africans, even at a remove of millennia, was repugnant to the white students who got their education and their attitudes from growing up in Texas. I am not going to change my opinion, either. In an America where “one drop of black blood’ makes you African-American, or as the law used to say, a Negro, why shouldn’t there be a concentration of bigotry in Texas? This is the same state where Rafael Cruz, Jr., changed his name to Ted Cruz. Don’t ask him about it, though. He would never admit that it makes him sound whiter.
At this time, there is no information available about consequences, if any, for Professor McGee. If there are consequences or reprisals later on, that is just another note in the chord. The song is still the same: if you live in Texas and Texas is educating your children, you can expect white children in Texas to display this racist attitude even in their cultural anthropology class. It is very likely, but I send props to the white students who didn’t lose it over ten centuries.
And if you want to send your children to schools outside of Texas, watch your educational news. Incidents like this make it likely that the entire state of Texas will lose its accreditation with the associations of schools and colleges that accredit schools. That means that a high-school graduate from Texas may not be eligible to enroll in the college of their choice. How will you feel if you made that happen?
I was the editor of an accreditation self-study for Guam’s Oceanview High School, for which they earned high marks and full accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. However, some years ago the Univrsity of Guam lost its accreditation because of political interference with its Board of Regents. So it can happen, and I know what I am talking about in this article.
Bottom line: if you live in Texas, move out. Read the entire story here: http://www.rawstory.com/2016/10/angry-white-texas-students-storm-out-of-class-after-teacher-says-humans-emerged-from-africa/