A brief history of racism in #Southlake@Carrollisd 🧵 #flashbackfriday#texashistory#HB3979
"By the 1860s, there were lots of things around here for settlers to fight- illness, insects, hardship, Comanche Indians, and starting in 1861, the Yankees." (Images of America: Southlake by Connie Cooley and the Southlake Historical Society)
Oct 15, 2021 • 4 tweets • 3 min read
For the past decade - and especially in recent years - I've said just about all I can about Southlake. @CarrollISD's actions speak for themselves. Some have asked why I keep fighting. And, on days like this, it is beyond exhausting. @Carrollisd Do I think @CarrollISD leadership will somehow develop moral fortitude overnight and fight HB 3979? Absolutely not. If there's one thing I learned during my time in the district, it's that White Supremacy and bigotry run deep there. And power and wealth usually prevail.
Oct 15, 2021 • 8 tweets • 6 min read
#FBF 🧵: Found my old "Letter to the Editor" submission which was published (heavily edited) in the now defunct Southlake Times. Dated September 8, 2009. #flashbackfriday@Carrollisd#Southlake@Carrollisd I wrote this piece after learning @Carrollisd would not allow teachers to show @BarackObama's address to students during class. Parents had to remove them from school if they wanted their children to watch it.
Oct 15, 2021 • 8 tweets • 3 min read
So many thoughts, not enough coffee yet 💆🏻♀️ He's apologizing for this incident making the news-not that they've been scaring teachers & gaslighting the community. The fact that they are going to continue implementing HB3979 & not fight it is the real problem. (Among many others)
If they actually "understood" (cared) about historical facts in books- they would not have allowed the school board to reprimand @farah_dragons in the first place. They chose the district's path in that terrifying moment. This was an inevitable conclusion.
Sep 21, 2021 • 4 tweets • 3 min read
Exploiting an adoptee's trauma for entertainment is no better than adopted parents using their children's stories for personal gain. When we say listen to #adopteevoices, we mean directly from the source. #BoycottBlueBayou
In 1874, J.L. Chow opened Chow Chow Laundry at 904 Elm Street. He was the first person of Asian descent to be listed in the city directories. By 1891, 41/49 laundries in Dallas were Chinese-owned.
Fueled by decades of bigotry, a propaganda campaign was initiated against Chinese laundries by White competitors.
The Dallas Daily Times Herald ran an editorial in 1894: Danger in Inferior Laundries: Dallas Customers Cannot Be Too Careful Where They Send Their Soiled Clothing.
May 11, 2021 • 17 tweets • 7 min read
John Dolford "Bob" Jones was the son of a White man named Leazer Alvis Jones and Elizabeth, a Black woman enslaved by Leazer. When he was a child, he helped runaway slaves escape by hiding them in a cave.
Following the Civil War, Bob was granted freedom by his father and eventually became one of the largest landowners in the Tarrant-Denton county area, with somewhere between 1,000-2,000 acres to his name.
That land was located in the city known today as Southlake, my hometown.
May 3, 2021 • 5 tweets • 3 min read
My hometown of Southlake, Texas doubled down on racism and White supremacy in their local election. I am livid and terrified, but mostly heartbroken that everything we experienced as students of color in @Carrollisd continues to have been in vain.
I wanted to believe something good could come from our pain. The hours I spent in a dark closet cutting my ankles to cope with the racial slurs my @Carrollisd classmates hurled against me. Instead, I witnessed parents claiming Christian values embrace harmful ideologies.
Nov 17, 2020 • 18 tweets • 6 min read
My prepared remarks for the #Southlake@Carrollisd school board meeting tonight: (a thread)
@Carrollisd I won’t waste my brief time sharing all of the painful memories I experienced as a young person of color in this school district.