Governor Greg Abbott wants Texas history taught based on truth and fact, which he believes will inculcate pride and patriotism.

Does he want the “Waco Horror” taught? What happened are true facts but even people who grew up in Waco weren’t taught about the barbaric lynching of 17-year-old Jesse Washington in 1916 for murdering a white woman. A jury of 12 white men found him guilty.

“The mob of white citizens wrapped a chain around Washington’s neck and dragged him to city hall grounds, brutally stabbing and beating him as they went along. A separate mob prepared a pile of dry-good boxes, which they ignited after they poured coal oil over Washington’s body. A crowd estimated to be between 15,000 to 20,000 people watched as the belligerents hung Washington from a tree and slowly lowered him up and down overt the burning boxes.”   

That’s a true story. It’s not part of the 1619 Project or critical race theory. It is part of the history of Texas. Will it be taught?