A Year of “Protecting Children” in Texas

In the days after the Uvalde school shooting, Christopher Hooks looks at how the government has failed the children of Texas, focusing on banning books and demonizing transgender kids rather than working on ways to keep children safe.

How can anyone be expected to live this way, let alone a fifth grader? We should remember that the seventeen-year-old shooter at Santa Fe High School and the eighteen-year-old shooter in Uvalde were children too, who likely grew up taking part in their own mass shooting drills. We have to help them—we must. But our state has spent the past year talking about library books.

Source: Texas Monthly
Published: May 26, 2022
Length: 11 minutes (2,925 words)

Critical Race Fury: The School Board Wars Are Getting Nasty in Texas

“A small-but-loud faction of parents and activists is making life miserable for local school officials—and shouting down the kids who speak in favor of lessons about the history and persistence of racial discrimination.”

Source: Texas Monthly
Published: Oct 14, 2021
Length: 9 minutes (2,394 words)