Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 2016 nomination was historic, but if members on the Texas Board of Education get their way, it could just be history.
The board convened to change the social studies curriculum across the state to a more “streamlined” format. This included a vote to remove the 2016 Democratic nominee, former Secretary of State, Senator, and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton from the curriculum of Texas public schools. The decision also sought to remove historical figures like Helen Keller and Barry Goldwater in favor of Moses and the Alamo.
Clinton has been a mandatory subject in a curriculum on significant political figures alongside Supreme Court Justices Thurgood Marshall and Sandra Day O’Connor.
However, the vote is not final and there have been amendments on the final curriculum decisions in the past. For example, an education group consulted by the board to help in their efforts to streamline the curriculum had suggested the removal of televangelist Billy Graham, who was later added back by the board before the final vote, further emphasizing the “his” in history.
Many Americans are expressing their outrage in the hopes that Secretary Clinton could be reinstated where she belongs: the history books.
Texas State Board of Education wants to erase Hillary Clinton from history.
So that’s how they want to deal with their problems with her? Just erase her?
So fucking stupid and petty. https://t.co/7YfEsOPL70
— Faith Garland (@garland_faith) September 14, 2018
— mozy1995 (@PatriziaScally) September 14, 2018
It’s motivated an already mobilized Democratic party in Texas to look to the future with even more focus.
The Texas State Board of Education voted today to remove Helen Keller and Hillary Clinton from social studies textbooks. Also, Barry Goldwater. The Texas SBOE is a gerrymandered, backwards mess and I hope we can get Texans voting not just for Beto but against these morons.
— S. Reilly (@shrewandsnail) September 14, 2018
When we retake the gov't we may consider replacing the Texas State Board of Education members who decided to delete important historical figures from the education of our children.
Inserting Billy Graham & removing Hillary Clinton is the epitome of our differences in this nation. https://t.co/61lsCfBi8P
— JerryLSF (@JerryLSF1) September 14, 2018
Because, as this decision says to many, even two years after Hillary Clinton’s upsetting loss, people still preoccupy themselves with hating her.
— Lauren McGaughy (@lmcgaughy) September 14, 2018
The decision also pushes against what’s been a goal of Secretary Clinton throughout her storied career.