Dallas School Board Designates Founding Fathers As Having "Confederate Links"

"Just if we saw Confederacy named in it, we then highlighted it" says a school board spokesperson while describing a list which contained Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, and Sam Houston.

The Dallas Independent School District is in damage control mode after an internal school board list was obtained by local press which shows schools under consideration for name changes due to possible "connections with slavery or the Confederacy." News of the list, obtained by the Dallas Morning News early this week, caused outrage for the fact that it includes Texas revolutionaries and founders such as Sam Houston, James Bowie and William Travis, as well as Dallas pioneers James Gaston and William Brown Miller. It further names other early American figures who very obviously lived long before the existence of the Confederacy such as U.S. presidents Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and, inexplicably, Ben Franklin.

Battle of the Alamo: Even the Texas revolutionary defenders of the iconic Alamo were on a list of "controversial" historical figures which Dallas ISD needed to "research" for review of whether school names could stay.

Of course, William Travis and Jim Bowie both died at the Alamo in 1836 while the Confederacy didn't come into existence until 1861. Sam Houston too lived most of his entire life before the civil war and was perhaps the greatest Native American rights supporter of the time, and was adopted as an "honorary Cherokee" by the tribe, having also married a Cherokee woman. Ben Franklin, one of the American founding fathers named on the Dallas ISD list, was a vocal abolitionist. It is stunning and extremely worrisome that school board trustees would be both so historically illiterate and politically correct that they would put such names on the list in the first place.

Dallas school board member Dustin Marshall confirmed the list via social media. It's amazing that even founding fathers like Ben Franklin - an early vocal abolitionist - or Declaration of Independence author Thomas Jefferson should have to be debated. 

But Dallas ISD is currently attempting to backtrack and spin the narrative now that the leaked list is receiving so much push back from Texans. There's likely some level of embarrassment which motivated the new stance as well. A subsequent Dallas Morning News update explained, "Instead of more research, the district is focusing on a narrow set of parameters to only rethink schools named after Confederate generals, said chief of school leadership Stephanie Elizalde." The board now claims that while the original list was merely for "research" purposes, it is only four schools that are being seriously considered to undergo a name change: Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, Albert Sidney Johnston and William L. Cabell elementary schools.

Disturbingly, it appears that "research" into Confederate links is being conducted by a mere one person staff, this according to language used by board spokesperson Stephanie Elizalde. She was quoted further in The Dallas Morning News:

The additional names were never part of any specific renaming plan. Instead, Elizalde said, the list was originally so broad because she wanted to do "due diligence" on the names of the district's 226 campuses.


"The more I researched, the more I was going to find," she said.

The more detailed explanation of her methodology is strange considering many of the names that actually made the school board's list:

This was just a very quick review of looking at the biographies of the individuals, and if there was any association with Confederacy — not making a judgment for or against — just if we saw Confederacy named in it, we then highlighted it. We are now in the process of doing a second [look].

Yet that doesn't explain how authors of America's founding documents and Texas revolutionary came to be "highlighted", unless the Dallas school board's knowledge of history is really that appalling (a real possibility it seems). 

Rod Dreher, writing for The American Conservative, summarized the sad state of Dallas ISD with the following:

Imagine the impoverishment of the minds who believe the most significant thing to know about Jefferson, Madison, and Franklin, is that they were in some way tainted by slavery. Imagine the ignorance of school leaders who are going to investigate whether William Travis and Jim Bowie — both of whom died in 1836 at the Alamo — could have been involved with the Confederacy, which came into existence in 1861...


It’s disgusting, this iconoclasm. In 2015, 40 percent of DISD’s schools received a failing grade from the state. To be fair, over 90 percent of DISD’s students come from low income homes, meaning that the school system has tremendous barriers to overcome in educating them. Still, the fact that the DISD trustees are even considering a cosmetic, p.c. gesture like this is a farce.

As we've asked many times before: who will the PC mob come for next? If there's talk of purging history - even Texas history in Texas schools - then clearly it can and likely will happen anywhere. Will there perhaps be a future time when Texans themselves will no longer "Remember the Alamo!"...?


TBT or not TBT greenskeeper carl Thu, 09/21/2017 - 16:51 Permalink

Greater DFW not= DISD schools, not politically.    Long ago productive Americans left Dallas for the suburbs, and made damned sure highways and toll roads and locally controlled schools were built to accommodate their flight to safe and sane, clean, family friendly ways of living.    Some called that "white flight" to be sure to racialize things.   Lately they call what has happened now "black flight", as latino cultures people's take over what were already bad schools making them horrific.   

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Escrava Isaura TBT or not TBT Thu, 09/21/2017 - 17:27 Permalink

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Conservatives just can’t help themselves, can you? First, isn’t the core of you believe that the locals should run their localities? Liberals are not taking down those statues, the local and state governments are. Second, you missing the core “message” here, as usual, which is: Conservatives want to bring the Union “The United States” down because you’re angry. You would do anything in your power to crash the US economy and government agencies that are helping Americans in need, wouldn’t you? However, isn’t fighting and dismembering the union a treason? Traitors of the Constitution?   

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Blankenstein SilverRhino Thu, 09/21/2017 - 22:53 Permalink

Hopefully there aren't any Latino gangs there... "A pregnant woman was among four people shot to death Friday night in Brighton Park, in the latest bloodshed stemming from an ongoing gang war in the Southwest Side neighborhood, officials said." The slain men were thought to be members of the Satan’s Disciples street gang, with the assault rifle gunfire possibly carried out by Latin Saints members in retaliation for a Thursday night shooting in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, Lopez said. http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/police-4-people-shot-dead-in-brighton-…

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TBT or not TBT greenskeeper carl Thu, 09/21/2017 - 17:05 Permalink

For one thing, immigrants from CA probably hardly ever enroll any kids in DISD schools, which have been shit for decades and ever declining.  And for the other thing, the suburban districts ringing the cities around DFW, and the enclave of Higland Park, are hanging in there.   Dallas proper is corrupt and stupid, which is why the suburbanites left them to their games.  

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Demologos NoDebt Thu, 09/21/2017 - 20:03 Permalink

Well, Jim Bowie did kill some Mexicans in the battle. I'm pretty sure the character played by Richard Widmark fired the cannon as the Mexicans breached the gate.

And wasn't the battle over the illegal annexation of a portion of Mexico by the Americans? Not too different from Putin stealing Crimea from Ukraine, is it? I call for harsh sanctions against the United States until they give Texas back to Mexico. And Mexico should mass troops and tanks on the US border to show they mean business!

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chubbar Demologos Thu, 09/21/2017 - 21:06 Permalink

Putin didn't "annex" Crimea, they voted by over 95% to join Russia, in what even the UN called fair elections. That's known as self determination, which is a long way from what happened to Mexico.If it wasn't for the dogged determination of the media to demonize Putin, they wouldn't keep lying about the facts of that election.

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GracchusBrothers Demologos Fri, 09/22/2017 - 02:14 Permalink

Speaking of movies, there's a farcical comedy from '69 called "Viva Max!" starring the great Peter Ustinov, with John Astin, Jonathan Winters, Pamela Tiffin, Keenan Wynn, Harry Morgan and Kenneth Mars.It's about a General who takes a bus with his small unit of the Mexican Army to San Antonio where he captures the Alamo in the name of Mexico.

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Grumbleduke NoDebt Fri, 09/22/2017 - 00:07 Permalink

Beeldenstorm in Dutch, roughly translatable to "statue storm", or Bildersturm in German ("image/statue storm"), also the Iconoclastic Fury, is a term used for outbreaks of destruction of religious images that occurred in Europe in the 16th century.During these spates of iconoclasm, Catholic art and many forms of church fittings and decoration were destroyed in unofficial or mob actions by nominally Calvinist Protestant crowds as part of the Protestant Reformation. Most of the destruction was of art in churches and public places. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beeldenstorm Similarities in behavior can be observed: Taliban blowing up Buddha statues, Muslims destroying Alexandria library, Mongols the one in Baghdad, now idiot americans. It's soooo "progressive".

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