House Bill 1775 is a disguised book-burner law, and makes it legal to fire teachers and librarians who break the law by exposing the painful reality of Oklahoma’s racist past.
If HB 1775 remains legal, it allows many to assume, unless they read or learn differently, that we fateful whites have done nothing wrong. Truly?
Remember how the University of Oklahoma withdrew from the publication of the book “Still the Waters Flowing: The Betrayal of the Five Civilized Tribes” by Angie Debo in the 1930s? He recounts in painful detail from the courthouse how tribal members were systematically swindled from their allotted lands; it is one of the most disturbing books on Oklahoma’s past.
Even 50 years after its original publication out of state, Larry McMurtry, author of “Lonesome Dove,” praised Debo’s book on its strength and exhibits.
If HB 1775 remains the law, an elected representative of the Capitol discovering that Debo could gain support by having him burned on the steps of the Capitol.
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