EDITORIAL

Let’s mess with Texas

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The Lone Star state has long and proudly proclaimed “Don’t mess with Texas.” It’s a state rallying cry for politicians, judges and others who are energetically slashing civil and human rights in the legislature and courts.

They use the spurious claim of “states’ rights” to ignore the U.S. Constitution and all other equal rights laws. This is the same pretext that Confederate states used in their failed bid to preserve Black slavery. Racist stench still defines it.

In Texas, the attacks on working people are not subtle. The state has effectively banned abortions, and blocked Biden’s vaccine mandate for big business — all with the help of the reactionary U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Texas legislators passed a voter-suppression law targeting low-income voters of color and city dwellers. Texan laws target trans youth and block anti-racist education in public schools. Few are safe from the Texas government invasion.

Enough already — it’s time to take on the white supremacist, misogynist attacks that injure all residents across the USA. It’s time to mess with Texas!

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