Lifestyle

State Pride & Enthusiasm: What Makes Texas, Texas?

By  | 

We hate spam too, we'll never share your email address

 

 

By Tweed Scott

Why do Texans have so much pride in their state? I wanted to know the answer to that question myself. I have always felt that Texans were different. It’s as if they have an extra gene. I call it the “T-Chromosome,” and I set out to find it. After crisscrossing this state several times, I can give you some definitive answers.

What Makes Texas, Texas

Photo: althistory.wikia.com

When you get right down to it, Texans share at least four distinct traits, no matter where they live in the Lone Star State. The source of that pride comes from four distinctly different entities. First and most prevalent is the fact that Texas was once its own country. No other state can legitimately make that claim and make it stick. Texas was a republic that lasted almost 10 years and was recognized as a nation by England and France. The fact that Texas was once its own country is a huge part of a Texan’s identity. It is a part of their psychological DNA. It’s who they are. If a native Texan doesn’t think you know that, you will only have to wait for six or eight minutes before you WILL be duly informed. Again, it is an intrinsic part of their being.

What Makes Texas, Texas

Photo: wholeparent.com

The next two traits are very closely related. The second trait is the Texas education system. Texas is one of the few states where the state history is so heavy mandated by the public school system. It is the law in Texas. Children will get Texas History in the fourth grade, the seventh grade, and some school districts elect to teach it in the 11th grade. You will not graduate from a state college without a semester of Texas Government, and you will not teach in Texas until you have taken that course.

What Makes Texas, Texas

Photo: I’d Rather Be In Texas – Shirt by Texas Hill Country

We recently designed an awesome shirt! Find the above shirt (in many color options!) and more at Texas Hill Country Shirts

What Makes Texas, Texas
Photo: maudnewton.com

The third trait that relates to that comes from within your own families. If your family’s Texas roots go back two, three, five, seven generations; whatever, it is a no-brainer. Children grow up hearing these stories from within their own families. They heard the stories about their great, great uncle (fill in the blank) who (fill in the blank). They realize and learn that someone in their family helped make Texas, Texas. It gets reinforced at school in their Texas History. They grow up with this intense and internal pride. It is a natural process. These young people grow up knowing they are part of something special…not that they are better but they do know that somehow, they are different. It’s like they’ve been cut out of a different herd.

Page 1 of 3:123