Amateur Historians Turn The Tide Against Woke Academics

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(Roy Maynard, The Daily Caller) A state district court handed a procedural win to a Texas history buff who wants to save the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) from going woke.

On Tuesday, 10th District Court Judge Kerry Neves turned a temporary restraining order into an injunction—preventing the TSHA from firing its volunteer executive director. (RELATED: ROY MAYNARD: Yes, Migrants Believe Biden Has Rolled Out A Big Welcome Mat)

J.P. Bryan is a retired Texas oilman who agreed to step into a leadership position at TSHA last fall to help get it back on track. He paid its bills from his own pocket, as well as restarted fundraising and development efforts. Despite his efforts, the organization’s board called a May 1 meeting, in which it seemed clear that Bryan would be fired. He filed this lawsuit to prevent the meeting.

Neves heard preliminary arguments in the island courtroom on Tuesday.

“I’m an amateur student of history, compared to y’all, but I find it sad that it’s reached this point,” Neves said as he announced his ruling. “It’s a sign of the times, and I find it very distressing.”

Neves set the trial date for Sept. 11, with a pretrial hearing on Sept. 5.

The TSHA is a nonprofit that publishes academic journals, holds conferences and puts out both the Handbook of Texas and the Texas Almanac. It plays a role in how the history of Texas is taught to the Lone Star State’s schoolchildren, but Bryan and other observers believe the TSHA has lurched leftward.

Bryan points to the TSHA’s bylaws, which specifically require…

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