Alinsky Rule 5 Post 36:
The website mystatesman.com seldom makes it to the Drudge Report, but it did on July 29, 2018 with this link to an article entitled “City report on Confederate monuments raises idea of renaming Austin.”
Here’s an excerpt from that article:
“Known as both the ‘father of Texas’ and the namesake of the state’s capital, Stephen F. Austin carved out the early outlines of Texas among his many accomplishments.
He also opposed an attempt by Mexico to ban slavery in the province of Tejas and said if slaves were freed, they would turn into ‘vagabonds, a nuisance and a menace.’
For that reason, the city of Austin’s Equity Office suggested renaming the city in a report about existing Confederate monuments that was published this week.”
“The Equity Office’s report concludes, ‘It is essential to acknowledge that societal values are fluid, and they can be and are different today compared to when our city made decisions to name and/or place these Confederate symbols in our community.’
‘It is also important to acknowledge that nearly all monuments to the Confederacy and its leaders were erected without a true democratic process. People of color often had no voice and no opportunity to raise concerns about the city’s decision to honor Confederate leaders.’”
With the deceased Stephen F. Austin now in the crosshairs of the Orwellian social-justice warriors in Austin, Texas, it’s only a matter of time until calls come from the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University to change the letterhead on all stationary, and diplomas. Then there’s Austin College – a private school in Sherman, Texas. That’s gotta change, too.
Austin is the State Capitol of Texas. So, once it has a new name, a ripple effect will spread across the Lone Star State. Perhaps there’s the new name for Austin: Lone Star, Texas.
But that will only begin the work of the Austin’s Lone Star’s Equity Office. The opportunities to spread equity, far beyond allusions to the Confederacy, in the Lone Star City and State will abound. Here’s just a few.
A few other Lone Star Cities needing a new name
- San Antonio: Named after the feast day of St. Anthony of Padua. That’s clearly an afront to religious diversity.
- Arlington: Named after General Robert E. Lee’s Arlington House in Virginia. Shameful naming.
- Corpus Christi: Spanish explorer Alonso Alvarez de Pineda named it after a Roman Catholic feast day – it means “body of Christ.” See #1.
- Lubbock: Thomas Saltus Lubbock was a soldier in the Texas Revolution and served as a Texas Ranger – they were particularly brutal against some of the native American indigenous peoples – and he supported the Confederacy.
- Brownsville: Named after Major Jacob Brown, a soldier in the Mexican-American War, and the commander at Fort Texas where he died in a Mexican attack there.
- Odessa: Likely named after a Russian railroad worker who saw in the area a resemblance to the land around Odessa, Ukraine, but who was born long before Donald Trump – so there’s no Russian collusion there.
- Tyler: Named after the 10th POTUS, John Tyler, who – and this seals the deal on changing the name of Tyler, Texas – when his father died in 1813 he inherited the family plantation and 13 slaves.
About 10% of Texas Counties are named after Confederate historical figures
Mathew D. Ector, Confederate General
Major Robert L. Foard
Peter W. Gray, Houston District, Confederate House of Representatives
Tom Green, Brigadier General
John B. Gregg, Brigadier General
John Hemphill, Representative of Texas in the Congress of the Confederate States of America until his death
John Bell Hood, Lt. Gen.
Jefferson Davis, President CSA
Middleton T. Johnson, Colonel
Robert E. Lee, General CSA
Thomas Saltus Lubbock, Terry’s Texas Rangers
William Beck Ochiltree, Colonel, 18th Texas Infantry
Williamson Simpson Oldham, Pioneer Texas Lawyer and Confederate Senator
Horace Randall, Brigadier General
George R. Reeves, Colonel
William R. Scurry, General
Dr. James Harper Starr, Confederate agent for the postal service west of the Mississippi River
Alexander H. Stevens, Vice President, CSA
Thomas J. (Stonewall) Jackson, Lieutenant General
John S. Sutton, Colonel
Alexander Watkins Terrell, Brigadier General, “Terrell’s Texas Cavalry Regiment”
Benjamin Franklin Terry, Terry’s Texas Rangers
John C. and William E. Upton, Confederate Generals
Named to commemorate a battle which involved Texas Confederate Forces (the Sibley Expedition) who fought at Val Verde, near Fort Craig, New Mexico, on February 19, 1862
Clinton M. Winkler, Colonel
Overton C. Young, Colonel, Twelfth Texas Infantry, CSA
They those counties need new names. Now, focusing back on Austin…
Austin’s inequity in housing
Here’s a sample of the inequity of housing in Austin Lone Star, Texas
For Sale: $15,000,000
For Sale: $25,000
Austin’s inequity in Public Schools
A list of the worst schools in Texas notes these 20 in the Austin I.S.D.
- Brooke Elementary
- Burnet Middle School
- Cunningham Elementary
- Dobie Middle School
- Eastside Memorial at the Johnston
- Garcia Young Men’s Leadership Academy
- Houston Elementary
- LBJ High School
- Martin Middle School
- Mendez Middle School
- Norman Elementary
- Oak Springs Elementary
- Pecan Springs Elementary
- Pickle Elementary
- Ridgetop Elementary
- Rodriguez Elementary
- Sadler Means Young Women’s Leadership Academy
- Travis High School
- Webb Middle School
- Widen Elementary
Lastly, inequity abounds in neighborhood safety in Austin.
Conclusion: All aspects of life in Austin Lone Star, Texas considered, the City’s Equity Office has its work cut out for it.
Perhaps starting with the vast inequity in citizens’ incomes.