To the Editor:

Central Texans are grappling with several contentious issues, such as how best to halt illegal migration across our border with Mexico. But one dispute is needlessly dividing people: the hoopla over critical race theory.

Writing as a former social studies, civics, and American and Texas government teacher (including two years in Rogers, 1976-1978), I can attest that history and civics instructors are well aware that inculcating our students with patriotism, love of country, and Texas pride is part of the job. But instilling an appreciation for American ideals and accomplishments does not mean whitewashing our country’s darker chapters as it moves towards that “perfect union” our Founding Fathers envisioned.

No Texas history teacher relishes noting, for example, that the Father of Texas, Stephen F. Austin, openly advocated for the extermination of the Karankawas and defended slavery as integral to Texas’s economic development. Recalling the numerous ways Sam Houston sought to ensure harmonious relations between settlers and Native Americans, and strove to protect and promote indigenous people, including Texas’s Alabama-Coushatta tribe, is considerably more enjoyable. But it is incumbent upon school administrators, teachers, and parents to level with our students about the traumas such as dispossession, discrimination, slavery, and segregation that non-Anglo Americans have endured while stressing that folks from throughout the world still seek to come to America as the land of opportunity and equality.

Our young Texans are not naive. They can handle hard truths.

George Aldridge

Belton

(5) comments

Alvin

Did you not comprehend my message that 'Now to dealing with @dailymajor who marches to his own drum beat, or @don76550 , yes we are 'dealing with 'different attitudes and cultural norms', but why can't we live in this century under the same guiding principles as was present in 1786.

Think about it for it would make a lot of sense if we could and run those who 'march to their own drum beat, you need to change your attitude or as I have said earlier, leave this country'. You are pulling for the Socialist regime in that what just happened in the city of Killeen, Texas, it is not the fault of the citizen, but that of management. When you can't even control the pulling of samples and the testing of those samples and direct where the need of additional chlorine is needed and it continues to the point that it is necessary to issue a 'Boil Water' notice and it continues for 10 consecutive days, and then it is necessary for increased chlorine injection for another 30 consecutive days, and it will end up necessitating the dumping of millions of gallons of water to the ground so that this dumping of water will not be to the city's account, but it will be to the citizens account for we all know that this city can do no harm. This is evidenced by the lack of city council, city mayor, city manager announcements that 'this city was at fault in the mismanagement of it's duties to perform even the simplest of tasks, but do to the mismanagement, that task resulted in the gravest of consequences that resulted in the issuance of a biol eater notice that lasted for 10 nonconsecutive days with the followup of an additional 30 days of increased chlorine that not only affected Killeen, Texas but the additional city's involved with the WCID-1.

Now did you understand the consequences of this action? I hope so for if you did, then you understood the1st writing.

Alvin

To Mr. George Aldridge: I must say that I agree with you, but for the most part, it isn't white washing of Texas History to say that: 'No Texas history teacher relishes noting, for example, that the Father of Texas, Stephen F. Austin, openly advocated for the extermination of the Karankawas and defended slavery as integral to Texas’s economic development'. But to say that: 'Theodore Roosevelt's ideas on immigrants and being an American in 1907.

'In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, that he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate any such man because of creed, birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated on in every facet his becoming an American... There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have but room for one flag, an American flag... We have room but for one language here and that is the English language.. And we room for but one sole loyalty and that is loyalty to the American people.'

And that, add:

'We must especially be aware of that small group of selfish men who clip the wings of the American Eagle in order to feather their own nests'.

These are all words of wisdom of Roosevelt, and for us to remember, Roosevelt was a Democrat, but not today's Democrat party, so a word to the wise, don't follow in the path of today's Democrat party.

For it follows that the writer's of the Constitution and the Bill of Right's must have similar feelings when founding this Nation for they wrote the perfect document. But I feel 'they had help in inspiring to write this perfect document because they prayed each and every before the start of each and every session.

So I feel it was not a spur of the moment kind of document preparation, but an inspired one, one that only comes along through divine inspiration. For no other country has lasted this long.

But we are 'loosing our touch' in that this country is on the down hill slide with all of the corruption we are now living in the most destruction point in our History. We are now struggling with 'Critical Race Theory, we are now struggling with the race card, and we are struggling with immigration, and these are items that have came about just in the last 60 years or so. So why is it that we did not have these issues before but we sure have them now and I feel it is played out in the words of Roosevelt back in 1907 when he said, and I will repeat these words:

Copy: 'In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, that he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate any such man because of creed, birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated on in every facet his becoming an American... There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have but room for one flag, an American flag... We have room but for one language here and that is the English language.. And we room for but one sole loyalty and that is loyalty to the American people.' End of copy.

Yes it is true that in the first place, this country goes by the name of The United States of America', so that is the country the immigrant is coming to so the immigrant should be willing and longing to come to this country and by this act, assimilate to this country and in doing so become a member of the country that goes by the name of 'America'.

If he is a free man or woman then no disparity shall become of him because of creed, birthplace, or origin as he shall be free. So if a man who proclaims himself to be an 'American', but something else also then he, or she, is not an 'American' at all. So to say that we are 'American' means that we hold homage to but one Flag, the 'American' Flag. That is the basis of an immigrant who desires to make this home and it worked pretty well until after WWII, the Korean war or conflict and it started deteriorating first with the Blacks seeking to be recognized for what they were, Americans in every stretch of the word. But with that, in the 1960's, teachers wanted to have freedom to teach the curriculum that thought was a better way to teach, but what the parent did not know was 'the teachers for the most part sought to teach a form of 'Socialism' and which was not to the parents alignment. They started teaching a new math curriculum, they stopped teaching script in schools, and for many years, when our students graduated, they couldn't even make change or do a math problem without a keyboard or a calculator.

So do you see what was envisioned by our forefathers as they sought a make this a better country in which they could raise their family's in. And it worked from 1619 to the 1950's and then things started to crumble.

Was we 'enlightened'? I tend to think not for we raised our glasses not to God, but to mankind as we tended to think of ourselves as the creator of all that we possessed, because 'We made these things that were creature comforts. And so we started our downhill slide into oblivion for it was not ours take, but God's to give. But we didn't think of it that way and still don't for 'God is the creator of all things'.

So we sit here in our man made creation and we are slowly sinking into mire that we have created for ourselves for this is not a Republican or Democrat ideology but a Constitutional ideology that 'All Men are Created Equal'. But the idea that 'All men are Created Equal does not mean superiority, but equal in all manor of things.

We have got to stop putting labels on things like African American, Spanish American, or heritage as we, as 'Americans' only have one culture, one heritage and that is to an 'American' for if you are not an American the you are not an American at all, so let's start thinking of ourselves as Americans and be proud of who and what you are and as only one language, the English language, for we are Americans and proud of it for if you ae not then you should depart this country for a better place in which to live.

Now to dealing with @dailymajor who marches to his own drum beat, or @don76550 , yes we are 'dealing with 'different attitudes and cultural norms', but why can't we live in this century under the same guiding principles as was present in 1786.

Think about it for it would make a lot of sense if we could and run those who 'march to their own drum beat, you need to change your attitude or as I have said earlier, leave this country.

dailymajor

Alvin,... length, grammar, comprehension,composition

dailymajor

George, I am so glad you are such a "woke" person. I'm sure all of the supposed facts that you allude to are absolutely correct ?..Let's be real and correct. Maybe we should give all the lands back that we took from Mexico, Spain, and.. England? What right did we have thinking that we wanted to create a new nation ? While we are at it, let's give all the islands back that we took because of "the Great White Fleet"? We might, especially because of all the atrocities that we committed against the Indians....sorry, I meant the Native Americans..,give all of their lands back that we took from them.. ..Just think of all the terrible things we did and all the people we killed creating this nation that now is without doubt the greatest nation in the history of the world. ....Since you are so "woke", maybe you ought to put away all the pictures of your ancestors, youir parents, grandparents,.. since they probably used some words and had some attitudes that you would surely not approve of.. The least you might do is to make your present family aware of how your past family members were so bad because of the way they were and the way they lived...In today's world we want to make sure we pick and choose what we criticize and put down, don't we. Amazing that we tear down all of these "racist" statues, but have never mentioned the Lincoln Memorial, since, of course, he was the great Emancipator.. He freed the slaves for his own reasons, but, in truth, he was very much a racist, ..thinking that blacks should be sent to Africa, even checking out that possibility.....and believing that they would never really be a part of American society. Isn't that correct, George?....If you want to concentrate on the negative, go ahead..... Just include everything and everybody..

don76550

You are speaking of a different time with different attitudes and cultural norms.

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