Austin American Statesman Editorial on TWIA emails

January 17, 2014

Austin American Statesman Editorial on TWIA emails

Posted: 4:00 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014

On Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 the Austin American Statesman Editorial Board called out the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association after emails revealed a culture of racism that exists within the insurer of last resort for Texas coastal residents. The emails released show several instances where employees at TWIA circulated offensive emails.

The editorial states:

No organization wants to be publicly tagged as having a racist culture, but the evidence suggests that the agency has some serious work to do in assuring the public it has the ability to treat all Texas residents equitably without discrimination.

An investigation into whether the agency improperly denied the claims of the Brownsville Independent School District unearthed emails sent to and from agency management from 2007 to 2010 which suggest that racist language and attitudes were tolerated and condoned. The emails make reference to undocumented immigrants, Arabs and African Americans in the most offensive of terms — many were framed as jokes and forwarded to others in the agency, goading recipients to distribute them more broadly, according to reporting by the American-Statesman’s Tim Eaton. Rather than confront the senders for the inappropriate use of government property per TWIA policy, officials say they merely deleted the emails.

Read the full article here.