It's on us to enforce it. And we will.
A small cookie biz in Lufkin, Tx created a rainbow cookie to celebrate #pride. The local backlash was immediate. Orders cancelled, hateful messages, and more. The owner thought this might be the end of her biz. She posted how heavy her heart was. Today, this. #Texas pic.twitter.com/SlAGd1k90E— Joel Montfort 🌊 (@jmontforttx) June 5, 2021
When a batch of rainbow cookies led to a canceled order, people opened their wallets to support the East Texas bakery.https://t.co/K57jm5cdnY— Texas Monthly (@TexasMonthly) June 9, 2021
(More PRIDE at the end. Criminal justice and women's rights posts along with racial, healthcare, and other inequality-related social justice items follow.)
Congress isn't going to help, and certainly if you were still under the impression that the Texas Legislature or any of our elected leaders, Republican or Democrat, were capable of making the changes we so desperately need ... you can stop thinking that now.
Greg Abbott and his fellow Neanderthals under the Pink Dome want your children to learn the most whitewashed version of Texas history they can paint.
Texans went into more detail than most rebel states to explain their reasons for seceding from the United States. It was to keep their slaves.— Jon Spaihts (@jonspaihts) June 7, 2021
If you want Texas to be the best state in the nation, you need to have the courage to look honestly at your history. pic.twitter.com/n5LltTHE6E
The version of Texas history taught in school is often anglicized and sanitized. In this three-part series, we examine how one textbook falls short.https://t.co/8j7jwUtawO— Texas Monthly (@TexasMonthly) June 8, 2021
Yes, it's true: the Constitution of the Republic of Texas enshrined slavery, banned the manumission of those enslaved, and barred Black people and Native Americans from citizenship. One could not work any harder to make the 1619 Project's argument for them. Congratulations, gentlemen; I look forward to this law's fate in the courts.
Let's be sure that we don't let our old Democratic friends off the hook here, either.
You might be familiar with J.R. Behrman, his writing having appeared in these pages a few times under the nom de plume "Open Source Dem". During my days as an active Harris County Democrat, I served with him on the Harris County Ballot Board, verifying signatures on mailed ballots, and he served SD-13 on the SDEC for a period of time about ten years ago. We also worked together on the Progressive Populist Caucus beginning in 2006, with David Van Os' run for Texas AG against Abbott, alongside Stan Merriman and others. My defection to the Texas Greens made our friendship one of many casualties, but I knew John to be an antagonist to the establishment (read: neoliberals) and while he voiced discomfort working with Black people and women in quiet conversation then -- an acknowledgement I found self-effacing at the time he made it -- here, in his dotage, he has let his worst instincts get the better of him.
Behrman is a sample of a certain generation of white man who simply cannot overcome their ingrained biases, no matter how hard he may try. I'd like to feel sorry for him, but as a Rice-educated economist, he's very much smart enough to have known better and done better. Enjoy your retirement from politics, John.
Moving on ...
Paul Fell, Artizans Syndicate pic.twitter.com/1fUiHkdlMb— Editorial & Political Cartoons (@EandPCartoons) June 6, 2021
As cities and counties across the state try to take down their Confederate memorials, the Texas Historical Commission keeps making their job harder. https://t.co/3T6GoXtzt0— Texas Observer (@TexasObserver) June 9, 2021
In Texas, a struggle to memorialize a brutal lynching as resistance grows to teaching historical racism https://t.co/7G5td8Vulo— RWLatstetter (@latstetter) June 3, 2021
The 80th Anniversary of the Murder of Bob White And Racial Justice In Polk County https://t.co/HI4Z69tit3— Shell_Seas (@LivingBlueTX) June 3, 2021
Woolworth Building, site of San Antonio sit-ins, celebrates 100 years https://t.co/naYJMq8JoA— Laredo Morning Times (@lmtnews) June 2, 2021
Women will fight back against the encroachment of their liberties. And they will fight on behalf of others when threatened.
"I cannot give up this platform to promote complacency and peace when there is a war on my body and a war on my rights," she told her class. https://t.co/Ho95rhrnO3— ABC13 Houston (@abc13houston) June 3, 2021
D Magazine was first to report on Lake Highlands HS valedictorian Paxton Smith and her amazing pro-reproductive rights graduation speech. In addition to all the other harm they have done, the Lege would rather fund dubious anti-choice programs than Medicaid.
#1 recommendation to help address maternal mortality was 12 months continuous coverage for Medicaid moms.— Bill Kelly (@billkellytexas) June 8, 2021
It was cut in half for costs.
But we have $100m laying around for this?!
No metrics. No public hearings. No testimony. Just $100m and go sit down. #txlege https://t.co/RvNgNSRiAV
New blog post from Cover Texas Now: progress on health coverage, the #txlege failure on #MedicaidExpansion, and how you can fight for Medicaid expansion by the June 28th deadline. https://t.co/PaQa81YdlJ— CTD (@TxDisabilities) June 7, 2021
In terms of police behaving badly over the past couple of weeks, the news has been heavy and lousy.
CW: VIOLENCE— Reveal (@reveal) June 9, 2021
The @BexarCoSheriff's deputy was told the asylum-seeking boy spoke Spanish. The boy didn’t resist arrest or touch anyone.
The deputy tased him for 35 seconds.
(This video was produced by @adrianaheldiz.) pic.twitter.com/kNOhwf432n
“The lawsuit alleges that … their superiors used this as an opportunity to exploit these women, like telling them how to dress and then saying, 'Oh, well, this is all undercover, but you have to let me kiss you and grope you.'" https://t.co/lFNekzltFR— Texas Standard (@TexasStandard) June 1, 2021
This scandal follows the one last month of the the deputy constable in the same precinct (Pct. 1, led by chief constable Alan Rosen, Democrat) who killed himself after a standoff with police in which he confessed to sexually abusing several minors.
Houston cops -- and their friends -- have been having a really bad month. Poor them.
A Texas woman was sentenced to 40 months in prison for making false 911 calls that her neighbors were drug dealers, sparking a drug raid that killed 2 people.— AJ+ (@ajplus) June 9, 2021
2 officers face murder charges, 1 of whom allegedly bought heroin to frame the couple and then lied to obtain a warrant. pic.twitter.com/ncQbQDmu4f
28 months ago, narcotics officers stormed into a home in south Houston and killed Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicholas. Today, the woman whose false 911 calls led police to their door was sentenced to 40 months in prison.https://t.co/8unAxaXd5t— St. John Barned-Smith ⚔️ (@stjbs) June 8, 2021
Facts have never influenced Abbott and the Lege, however.
Spoiler from the quiz but can’t be said enough: “Places that increased their police budgets were just about as likely to see a rise in murder as places that decreased them.” #txlege https://t.co/Da57bqgftC— Jolie McCullough (@jsmccullou) June 2, 2021
New research looking at data from millions of stops made by police in Texas in 2020 found that officers search Latino people more than any other racial or ethnic group. | via @keranews https://t.co/atPRV2SS8E— KUT Austin (@KUT) June 3, 2021
NEW LAW: #Texas governor @GregAbbott_TX signs bills to ‘back the blue,’ increase criminal penalties for protesters. It also restricts cities’ abilities to reduce police budgets. https://t.co/dwNaba47ou #TXlege pic.twitter.com/MNedHalU5L— Lane Luckie (@LaneLuckie) June 2, 2021
To say that Austin's city government and Travis County in particular has taken a turn to the right is becoming an understatement.
MUST READ book from @Grits4Breakfast for why a new Travis County women's jail is a bad idea 👇— TFDP (@FairDefense) June 9, 2021
1/ "We don't need it. The jail is less than half full. New construction is not needed & is fiscally irresponsible. Nobody builds jails when they don't need to!" https://t.co/rpWrCm4Ycg
And to conclude this CJ update, some news from the courtroom and the penal system.
Using dubious evidence, Texas condemned Clinton Young to death. The prosecutor in the case served simultaneously as his accuser as well as a clerk for the judge who condemned him. Not kidding. https://t.co/CLZCtdoWid— David Menschel (@davidminpdx) June 8, 2021
Threatening Texas with legal action: Biden administration to pursue court action if Texas @GovAbbott doesn’t rescind order shutting down federally funded shelters housing migrant kids who cross U.S.-Mexico #border without their parents. #txlege #migrants https://t.co/0XM0aAVW5X— John Gravois (@Grav1) June 8, 2021
Texas’s prison system from the end of the Civil War to the 1980s used perhaps one of the clearest continuances of slavery, the prison plantation system. https://t.co/QaWdUTsfVd— The Real News (@TheRealNews) June 3, 2021
Protests and anniversaries:
A year ago today, the Dallas Police Department and Texas State Troopers kettled, ambushed, tear-gassed, detained and traumatized some 700 Dallas police brutality protesters on the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. https://t.co/oR5H7Y93HE pic.twitter.com/Xv3NVBjVBd— Central Track (@Central_Track) June 1, 2021
New for @TexasObserver: Palestinian activists in Texas mobilized huge crowds last month at protests. But when it comes to convincing lawmakers to support the cause, it might be an uphill battle.— Amal Ahmed (@amalahmed214) June 4, 2021
The Slocum Massacre in Anderson County in 1910, predated the Tulsa Wall Street massacre by over a decade. It resulted in at least 8 African American deaths & the loss of property by those families, Pretty sure we don’t teach that in Texas history #txlege https://t.co/pfLLZvHMvD— Retro Snacking (@Retrosnacking) June 2, 2021
Wrapping it up with some more Pride.
Few publications covered Black trans communities like @TransGriot.— Texas Observer (@TexasObserver) May 31, 2021
Following the death of award-winning trans activist Monica Roberts, @capaciousmood writes about how the people she empowered grieve and begin to chart a new era. https://t.co/W25vpqUyN8
.@dallasnews: The baseball calendar in June is populated annually by game promotions to celebrate pride month and welcome the LGBTQ portion of an MLB team’s fan base. The Rangers are the only team that doesn’t have a pride game promotion of any kind. https://t.co/0ZBgqD2icD— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) June 1, 2021
In celebration of Pride Month, here's a throwback to our story on the Texas Gay Rodeo Association. The nonprofit organization was founded in 1985 and has donated nearly $3 million to charity, mostly to nonprofits that support people with HIV/AIDS.https://t.co/quDImEhaVG— Texas Observer (@TexasObserver) June 2, 2021
Some updates on everything I've already blogged about this week coming tomorrow.