UPDATED 11:05 AM PT – Monday, June 14, 2021
Some Democrats in and around Texas have done the unthinkable: they have forgotten the Alamo. What’s worse? They are trying to get others on board.
A series of publications are promoting a new initiative called “Forget the Alamo” in an apparent attempt to rewrite and disparage the history of Texas. The movement began with an article in Time Magazine titled” “We’ve Been Telling the Alamo Story Wrong for Nearly 200 Years. Now It’s Time to Correct the Record.”
In the wake of the publication, a slew of mainstream media outlets have jumped on board. This includes the Washington Post, National Geographic, the Wall Street Journal and MSNBC’s podcast The Reid Out with Joy Reid .
The new narrative is criticizing Texan heroes James Bowie, Davy Crockett and William Travis while inviting Americans to, instead, empathize with the Mexican military command who tried to maintain control of the Lone Star State.
In doing his part to remember the state’s history, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) signed a law to promote patriotic education in Texas’ schools. This includes lessons regarding the battle of the Alamo.
On February 23, 1836 around 150 members of the Texan Army entered the Alamo and prepared for the oncoming siege of Mexican Army General Santa Anna’s men. When Anna arrived, he demanded the immediate surrender of all of the men. The Texans responded with cannon fire.
The siege lasted 13 days until March 5 when, during the Battle of the Alamo, many of the men defending the fort lost their lives. In the wake of their sacrifice, however, Texas was free.
To keep Texas the best state in the nation, we can never forget WHY our state is so exceptional.
I signed a law establishing the 1836 project, which promotes patriotic education & ensures future generations understand TX values.
Together, we’ll keep our rich history alive. pic.twitter.com/4yZuygS2yX
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) June 7, 2021
Moving forward, Abbott’s 1836 Program will create a nine person committee to ensure that educational curriculum for the Lone Star State will be based on “foundational principles.” Abbott declared, “to keep Texas the best state in the United States of America, we must never forget why Texas became so exceptional in the first place.”