The statue, which was set up in 1963, was removed by city of Dallas workers.
Officials claim the decision was brought about by an excerpt from a book that will soon be published detailing the law enforcement agency’s history. There is a particular emphasis on police brutality and racism in the book.
Cult of Glory: The Bold and Brutal History of the Texas Rangers, authored by Doug J. Swanson, is set for release on June 9. Swanson spent most of his life in Texas, where he worked for The Dallas Morning News for 34 years before he became a writing professor at the University of Pittsburgh.
Chris Perry, a Love Feld spokesman, said on June 3, 2020 that he and other airport officials had read a section of the book that recently appeared in D magazine.
The article concerned both city and Love Field officials due to its depictions of police brutality and racism by the Rangers throughout their history.
Swanson’s book comes during a time when protests have kicked off across the nation following the May 25 death of George Floyd, who was allegedly murdered by a police officer who placed his knee on Floyd’s neck and ended up suffocating him.
Perry said that the statue will go into storage for now. However, the city’s Office of Arts and Culture, which handles public art in Dallas, will ultimately determine the statue’s fate. Perry also revealed that the arts commission and the mayor’s office might have a say on what must be done with the statue.
Tristan Hallman, a spokesman for Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson, said on June 4 that “the mayor was not informed by the city manager’s office” of the decision to take down the statue and “was not aware of the controversy surrounding the statue. He believes it’s something that the City Council will probably want to weigh in on.”
Jennifer Scripps, director of the Office of Arts and Culture, recognized “that there is going to be work ahead on re-evaluating this piece” as one of the premier monuments of public art in Dallas.
Texas artist Waldine Amanda Tauch sculpted the 12-foot-tall bronze statue.
When he was contacted, Swanson stated, “I’m not for silencing or abolishing pieces of history. I am for explaining them and giving them context. In this case, this statue has a very rich and problematic backstory.”
He said it portrays Captain Jay Banks, who was “the Ranger in charge when then-Texas Gov. Allan Shivers sent the Rangers to block integration of a high school in Mansfield and a community college in Texarkana in 1957,” despite court rulings that should have barred Shivers from maintaining pro-segregation policies.
“Banks became sort of the face for that,” Swanson commented, “because there’s a famous picture of him leaning against a tree in front of Mansfield high school while a black figure hangs in effigy above the school, with Banks making no effort to take it down. And Banks sided with the mobs who were there to keep the black kids out. So, he was the face of that and of a statue that welcomes people to Dallas.”
The Left is not playing games. Their political correctness is on a whole different level and they’re ready to destroy American history.
Confederate monuments are only the beginning. Once the iconoclastic Left knocks the down “racist” confederate monuments, they’ll be going after every other American historical figure who doesn’t alive with their worldview.
Conservatives must wake up to this.
Southern Baptist Convention Reverses Course on Name Change After BLP Reporting
They say they’re not changing their name.
The Southern Baptist Convention has sought to dispel reporting from Big League Politics on the organization’s planned name change, arguing that the institution isn’t formally changing its name.
To correct multiple inaccurate reports, “We Are Great Commission Baptists” is the 2021 Annual Meeting THEME.
The GCB descriptor was approved in 2012 for churches to use if it would be helpful in their local context.
The Southern Baptist Convention remains our official name.
— SBC Executive Committee (@SBCExecComm) September 17, 2020
But a close look at the American Christian church’s plans relating to its name reveal that it’s played with the idea far more seriously than they’re making it seem.
Reports of a name change first emerged in a Washington Post article published on Tuesday. SBC President JD Greear told the Post that “hundreds of churches” affiliated with the denomination had “committed” to using the phrase “Great Commission Baptist” as an alternative to the denomination’s longtime moniker. The change would come as Greear touts his support of the Black Lives Matter, although he’s been careful in pointing out he doesn’t support any formal organization related to the movement. Greear also is renaming the church he personally pastors with the term.
The SBC’s 2021 convention will also organize under the motto of “We Are Great Commission Baptists.” Sounds a lot like a name change, even if the SBC’s leadership is steadfastly maintaining it isn’t.
The name ‘Great Commission Baptist’ is theologically sound in the Christian religion, but it’s somewhat questionable that the organization’s leader appears to be emphasizing it at a moment in which political correctness is making its entryism into many Christian churches and organizations.
It seems as if the organization’s figurehead is keen to present himself as a liberal-style suburban Evangelical to the Washington Post, but he changed his tune quite quickly when the rank and file membership of Southern Baptist churches learned that he was promoting the idea of a name change.
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