La Marque, Texas city councilwoman Connie Trube has found herself in hot water after a recorded conversation revealed her opinion of ‘those darkies on the school board.’
“It’s not going to get any better until you get those blacks off the school board,” Trube said. “She really turned black. She got on the school board with the rest of the blacks and they all just ganged up and that’s why the school system has gone to hell.”
Trube doubled down on those remarks, and refuses to resign or apologize despite public pressure for both. “What is on the tape is nothing more than me stating my honest opinion, and I don’t back down from that,” Trube said. “I never denied what was on the tape.”
“It’s stage dressing to protect all the racists that are around here,” Slamen said. She told Dyson that the people living in La Marque deserve better than Connie Trube, and that “Texas deserves better than a GOP who can’t even name the historic legislation that’s seeking to correct the structural racism that people like Connie Trube represent.”
She’s right: The temporary 2014 Texas Republican platform states, “We urge that the Voter Rights Act of 1965 codified and updated in 1973 be repealed and not reauthorized.” They intended to reference the Voting Rights Act.
“The melanin in people’s skin has nothing to do with why our schools are failing,” Slamen said. She told Dyson that the real failure is in Republicans’ failure to fund schools adequately.
“Connie Trube has no interest in representing every member of her district, and so she should be out,” Dyson said.
However, Trube is but a symptom of a wider-reaching problem. “Racism isn’t limited to Texas. We’re just more out and proud with it,” Slamen said. “We don’t segregate and live apart from each other like they do in the Northeast. In the South, we’re open with it–and that is why the Voting Rights Act is so important, why we still need every single section of it defended, why the Supreme Court’s decision last year was so unacceptable…”