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The authors of a book that looks at the role of slavery in the Battle of the Alamo said they felt pressured to cancel a promotional event because GOP leaders in Texas complained about it.
The event was expected to happen Thursday evening at the Bullock Texas State History Museum, the Texas Tribune reported. But museum organizers canceled it with less than four hours to go, citing pressure from Republican lawmakers in Texas to do so.
“The Bullock was receiving increased pressure on social media about hosting the event, as well as to the museum’s board of directors (Gov Abbott being one of them) and decided to pull out as a co-host all together,” Penguin Random House said in a statement reported by the Tribune.
Gov. Greg Abbott did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment, but Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said on Twitter he called for the event’s cancellation.
“As a member of the Preservation Board, I told staff to cancel this event as soon as I found out about it,” Patrick said. “This fact-free rewriting of TX history has no place @BullockMuseum.”
In response, Chris Tomlinson, one of the book’s authors, accused Patrick of “oppressing free speech and policing …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Politics