Letter: Why tear down a Texas hero?

In all kindness and sympathy, I wish folks who want to possibly remove a statue of Sam Houston (in Houston) would read the history books instead of just listening to leftist gobbledygook.

 

Sam Houston had a lot of faults, as we all do, but there is no evidence he ever owned slaves.

He was an adopted member of the Cherokee nation, and lived with them before coming to Texas.

Houston was governor of Texas. When Texas voted to secede from the United States by a 60 percent to 40 percent majority, Houston resigned rather than be the governor of a state within the Confederacy.

Two years later, Houston died of a “broken heart.”

Rather than tear down a real Texas hero, we together as Texans, as well as Amarillo residents, should — in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — pray that God would bless us all with brotherhood.

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John R. Chandler

Amarillo

Editor’s note: According to The Associated Press, Houston owned slaves, but he also refused to take an oath of allegiance to the Confederacy.

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