Texas represents two major themes in this controversy. First, being the second most populist state in the union, Texas commands a major role in the content and publication of learning materials, not just in Texas, but throughout the country: after all, publishers don’t want to lose profits by printing one textbook for Texas and another for the rest of the United States.
I didn't read in my history textbook about the Japanese internment until I was about to graduate from college (and even then the book we used was banned from the public High Schools). The irony here is that my father enjoyed dividing his time between his lounge chair and taking long drives all over the southwest. I had seen the remains of the internment camps and was aware of the fact that my country wasn't always exceptional .. or even admirable.