If I remember rightly your state was one of the former Confederate States of America which waged civil war against the USA in an unsuccessful attempt to preserve the slave system. I read your comment on President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu with surprise that the slave-owning mentality is still alive in Texas so long after Abolition. That would also explain why you have so much sympathy for the Arab racists who invented the African slave trade in the Middle Ages and still practise it in some parts of their former empire.
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