Joe Straus: Let’s remove a plaque in the Texas Capitol that lies about Confederate history

Joe Straus: Let's remove a plaque in the Texas Capitol that lies about Confederate history

Joe Straus, Contributor

It has been a year since a horrific tragedy in Charlottesville, Va., caused a loss of life and painfully reminded us that bigotry still exists and needs to be confronted.

It was bigotry also, and a backlash to the civil rights movement, that motivated state officials to hang a demonstrably false and incendiary plaque in our state Capitol during the late 1950s. We’ve made a lot of progress on civil rights since then. But amazingly, this plaque remains, because there is simply no political will among the state’s top elected officials to remove it.

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