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.
Democrats Introduce Expanded Background Check Legislation
Democrats are going to implement a background check which targets “extremism.”
Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy and California Congressman Mike Thompson brought forward legislation on March 2, 2021 that aims to broaden the federal background check system on firearms sales, according to a report by The Hill.
Under The Background Check Expansion Act, gun sales and purchases between all unlicensed sellers and buyers would be subject to a mandatory background check. The background checks would not be applicable for law enforcement officers, lending out firearms for the purpose of hunting, temporary transfers for self-defense, or family members gifting a firearm.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and 43 Senate Democrats have co-sponsored this bill. Thompson, who is the chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, reintroduced this legislation in the U.S. House
“For years, the bipartisan House-passed background checks bill languished in the Senate under Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. Now, with Senate Democrats in the Majority, we have the opportunity to act on this overwhelmingly popular, lifesaving legislation to protect American communities,” Schumer declared in a press release.
According to a CBS News report, President Joe Biden has repeatedly called on Congress to pass stiffer gun control laws. This gun control bill will not pass so easily given how it will need 10 Republican senators to vote in favor of it.
Against the backdrop of the January 6 storming of the Capitol, such a background check will likely feature provisions that target so-called “extremists.” The ruling class has routinely lumped average gun owners with domestic extremists and will most certainly use recent events to justify encroachments on people’s right to bear arms.
Biden is a veteran of the gun control movement, as evidenced by his sponsorship of the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 and the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. With Democrats in control of all branches of the federal government, they will certainly move to pass gun control. However, their success is not guaranteed due to moderate Democrats like Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema and West Virginia Joe Manchin not being completely receptive to radical gun control that could alienate them from their more right-wing constituents.
Nevertheless, the Left has shown that it’s willing to act regardless of the political context. Keeping this in mind, gun owners must be ready to beat back any kind of gun control coming from D.C. Such fights will allow the Right to rebuild its forces and make a splash in the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential race.
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