Meanwhile, Johnson’s patience is wearing thin.
Standing on the corner of North Hampton Road and Bickers Street, he remembers growing up around the everyday legacies of slavery and segregation — the West Dallas housing projects where his mother lived, the iron smelter that poisoned the earth around them, the white and black schools that divided neighbor from neighbor.
Poverty. Disenfranchisement. Segregation. Recalling these struggles is necessary to ensure their eradication. But there’s a difference, Johnson says, between remembering the past and lionizing its villains.
“I’m not going to wait much longer,” he says. “That plaque is going to come down.”
The Children of the Confederacy plaque hangs on the north wall of the Capitol rotunda, behind the rows of governors’ portraits. Rick Perry and George Bush and Ann Richards sit on one side; on the reverse is the plaque that claims secession was not an act of rebellion and the dummy post