During a hearing of the Texas House Culture, Recreation, and Tourism Committee on Tuesday, April 2, at the State Capitol, State Rep. Jarvis Johnson (D-Houston RER18) made the disgraceful declaration that the battle of the Alamo was for Texans to have slaves.
“…And, it was a battle for the independence of Texas,” said Johnson to a packed committee hearing room. “The independence for Texans to own slaves.”
The committee was hearing HB1836 being laid out. Authored and being championed by State Rep. Kyle Biedermann ((R-Fredericksburg RER91), HB1836 addresses the issue of the proposed moving of the Alamo cenotaph. Johnson’s comments were at the conclusion of hours of testimony on the bill with the majority of the testimony easily weighted toward those in favor of the bill, and Rep. Biedermann’s closing of bill layout. HB1836 would put a halt to any action involving the cenotaph for two years.
During the hearing, attendees said Johnson showed very little interest in the testimony, constantly paid more attention to his mobile phone, and demonstrated the body language of anguish which is visible in the RERvideo. At one point during Biedermann’s closing in which he is quoting from a letter penned by Col. William Travis and his voice is cracking under the influence of emotion, Johnson throws his face into his hands with a whence.
Attendees reported to RER that Johnson’s comments caused such injury that there were those in the committee room that shed tears, immediately.
At the beginning of his comments, Johnson “played” the audience by suggesting that he could be a possible supporter of the bill. But, it quickly turned into a cruel, race-baiting tirade as Johnson charged that the names of slaves were being omitted from the cenotaph.
Johnson challenged Biedermann to name any slaves that were at the Alamo, but left off of the cenotaph. Yet, Johnson couldn’t name any, himself.
This is Johnson’s second term as a state representative. He filled the seat of longtime Houston rep Sylvester Turner that successfully ran for mayor of Houston in 2015.
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