U.S. history has always been full of rainbows and happiness, or at least that's what Senate Bill 3 wants to teach our youth.

Governor Abbott's special session includes the review of Senate Bill 3, which seeks to remove important currently required Texas History lessons on civil rights.

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Authored by State Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, Senate Bill 3 works to add extra protections against the potential teachings of Critical Race Theory, by simply whitewashing history. I mean obviously racism and injustice can't occur if you just deny racism ever had an impact on our society, right?

Currently H.B.  3979 states that Texas educators will cover curriculum such as:

  • historical documents related to the civic accomplishments of marginalized populations;
  • 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;
  • the history and importance of the civil rights movement.

Certainly all very important topics, right?

Well, on Friday, July 16, the Texas Senate voted on SB 3 and passed the bill to the next stage.

The problem here?

More than two dozen teaching requirements from H.B. 3979 would be dropped. To be more specific, important works of history on racism, segregation, and civil rights would be removed. Most noticeably is the removal of the teachings on the KKK and the history of white supremacy and “the ways in which it is morally wrong.”

Other important issued and works from Susan B. Anthony, Cesar Chavez, and Martin Luther King Jr., including his “I Have a Dream" speech and “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” would not be covered as well.


The legislation is now awaiting review in the House, but because Democrats broke quorum by flying to D.C. the bill cannot be voted on. History is safe...for now.

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