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opinion | Texas, the harbinger of doom

When Jim Crow was originally founded, it spread like a transition from state to state, with each subsequent state taking lessons from the people before it.

Mississippi was one of the first states led by Jim Crow; Texas may well be in the lead next. And the oppressive crusade is widespread by caste. This includes gender and identity.

as 19th informed of last month:

“Texas has introduced Most bills targeting transgender youth In the country, triple the number of any other state. Although Texas has not passed more than 40 proposed anti-trans bills, Republican Governor Greg Abbott has made sports participation of trans youth a priority for the state. third special legislative session

last week, there was public testimony In the Texas House of Representatives on a bill that would force student-athletes to compete as the gender they were assigned at birth, not to align with their gender identity. one such bill The Texas Senate has already passed. If the House passes it – which is likely – it will be sent to the Senate for approval and then to be signed into law on Abbott’s desk.

Texas may not be on the front lines of passing an anti-trans bill yet, but it is on the lead in enacting anti-abortion laws.

Last month, the Supreme Court refused to block a Texas law banning most abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy. Many women do not even know that they are pregnant at six weeks. In addition, the law allows for individuals who have no personal stake in a pregnancy to sue medical personnel and even drivers who help a woman obtain an abortion in violation of the law. and win $10,000 if successful. This is what makes abortion bounty hunters.

Abbott also signed a bill Prohibiting medical personnel from providing abortion-inducing drugs to women who are more than seven weeks pregnant.

in one secret video Released this week, Abbott claimed, “So, basically, we’ve outlawed abortion in Texas.”

Then there is another major issue: the right to vote and voter power.

In August, Texas passed one of the most restrictive voting bills in the country. as The New York Times informed of, the law bans drive-thru voting and 24-hour voting, which was used by approximately 140,000 voters in Harris County – which is approximately 44 percent Hispanic and 20 percent Black – During the 2020 election.

In addition, it would “prohibit election officials from sending absentee ballots to all voters, regardless of whether they have requested them; prohibit the use of tents, garages, mobile units or any temporary structure as a polling place; further limit that absentee vote; and add new identification requirements for vote-by-mail. Partisan vote watchers would have more access and autonomy under the bill’s provisions, and election officials could be punished more harshly if they make mistakes or otherwise violate election codes and laws.”

The state did not stop here. Texas stands to gain Congress has two new seats Because its population has increased, according to the latest census. and although 95 percent of that increase was because of people of colorThe Republican-led legislature is working on new maps that will increase the power of white Republicans in the state and reduce the power of people of color.

according to a Analysis Published last week by the Texas Tribune, although white Texans make up only 40 percent of the state’s population, “in a Texas House preliminary map, the majority of eligible voters (redistributed as the civilian voting age population and known in census data) are 59.3. Percentage districts are white.”

In addition, according to The Tribune, “in the proposed Senate map, 64.5 percent of the districts have a white majority,” and “white Texans make up the majority of eligible voters in 60.5 percent of the proposed congressional districts.”

How else to describe this other than racist gerrymandering? It is an attempt to lock in the dominance and control of white people, even though white people may not have a numerical advantage.

Texas is a leader in oppression. It is institutionalizing and legitimizing racism, misogyny and transphobia. And The Lone Star State is hardly alone in its oppressive ambitions. Other states are watching and waiting, ready to follow its lead.

as the Washington Post put it last monthRepublicans in at least seven other states plan to repeat the state ban.

We may even see some of those states mimicking Texas on voter restrictions. As such, Texas is the harbinger of doom, it is the leading edge of regression, and it provides a picture of where the Republican-controlled part of the United States is headed: down the tubes in a Stetson hat.

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