This morning, I read with much interest an article written by Elaine Ayala. (You may wish toread it online or hopefully your local papers also carry the story.) In the article, Ms. Ayalaclearly explains that our efforts to educate others regarding the Spanish Mexican roots of Texas
may be thwarted by politicians who don’t agree with our purpose.
That is, they support ill-
advised legislation that would end such emphasis on Texas’ long history.
As we travel throughout South Texas (just returned from Port LaVaca, TX), it never ceases toamaze me how well our presentations are received. The overwhelming majority (mixed Anglo
and Hispanic audiences) agree that it’s time to incorporate early Texas history in the teaching of
mainstream Texas history in the classroom. As a matter of fact, several school districts alreadyincorporate pre-1836 Texas history as a portion within the social studies curriculum (for example, Laredo ISD, Austin, and some schools in the Rio Grande Valley).At the same time, unfriendly politicians, such as Texas Senator Patrick want to stop teaching our children their history. Specifically, Senator Patrick and other like-minded Anglophiles havespecifically targeted Mexican American Studies (MAS) programs. They are taking their leadfrom Arizona. Some of us have seen it coming.
In my recent article, “Children of Escandón”, I make the fo
Yet, there aresome who take a negative view. For example, a state first settled by Spanish Mexican pioneers,Arizona has become a laboratory of sorts specializing in anti-Mexican culture legislation. Theseare disturbing signs. Worse, the same bigotry also exists in Texas.
What can we all do?
Regardless of our political beliefs, let’s remind state and national elected
representatives that teaching MAS programs and preserving our heritage seek to fill-in missing pieces of Texas history. We cannot afford to turn the clock back to pre-1955 as Senator Patrick proposes. Our social and human advances have been hard won. We cannot take one step backward. This is not about re-writing Texas history.
It’s all about ensuring a fair and
balancedrendering of Texas history.Saludos,
José Antonio “Joe” López
Monday, March 18, 2013 11:18 PM
Article: Texas Ethnic Studies Bill Protested By Latino Activists
stand by my remark at the Senate Committee
on Education, quoting David Dewhurst that, “Rick Perry and I won’t be aroundforever.”
I strongly suggested pointing to Dan Patrick that,
“They should takeSenator Dan Patrick with them.” He calls himself a “conservative;”
to me, he is just a plain and simple
, just like all those others who also call themselves
-bent on erasing
NG FATHERS’ existence prior