irst, MAS is about teaching Texas history, not about today’s Republic of Mexico.
Southwest Mexican-descent citizens with pre-1848 ancestry number about 20 million. Thus, we descendants of the first citizens of Texas are not immigrants. That reality is what
separates us from our sister Hispanic groups in the U.S. That’s the
point that conservative SBOE members fail to comprehend. Second, Mexico is in America. The U.S. is not America. The U.S. is in America. There are 36 countries in America. Everyone born or living in the Continent of
America (from Northern Canada to the tip of South America’s Tierra del Fuego) is an
Third, our Spanish Mexican Tejano story doesn’t fit the Sam Houston model. Thus, the SBOE won’t accept Tejanos and Tejanas as the tr
ue founders of this great place we call Texas. On its own merits, the MAS program is all about education and only seeks to restore pre-1836 people, places, and events in the chronology of Texas history. The question is why is the SBOE so adamant in insisting Texas history begins in 1836?
In my opinion, their intolerance toward Texas’ Mexican roots is caused by a persistent toxic political tone. That atmosphere is created by conservatives’
perception of anything Mexican only in terms of the current immigration reform and border fence contentious debates. A broader question is why should Mexican-descent Texans care about Mexico?
Here’s why. (l) The overwhelming majority of our Tejano families originate in
Mexican population centers of Monterrey, Saltillo, Zacatecas, Queretaro, Monclova, and the surrounding ranchos of Central and Northern Mexico. Some of us still have active links with our family south of the Rio Grande; separated since 1848. In addition, being Mexican allows us to claim blood connections to our Native American roots. In this regard, the SBOE must be reminded that Texas is in New Spain (Old México), not New England. As remedial training for SBOE members, I offer three quick lessons: (a) Texas was part of Mexico during the 1836 Battles of the Álamo, La Bahia, and San Jacinto. (2)
The three battles are part of the chronological chapter in Mexico’s history, not the
U.S. This was Mexican sovereign land until 1848. And (3) the tri-color flag of Mexico flew over Texas
four times longer (21 years) than Sam Houston’s Republic of Texas flag (five years). The reason that Houston’s flag flew only five years is that so unprepared were the Anglos for total independence that they didn’t even have a flag
other than the Mexican Constitution Flag identical to the one many Anglos in Texas
today repudiate. Curiously, they don’t realize that their Anglo ancestors once
pledged allegiance to the tri-color (verde, blanca, y colorada) Mexican Flag of Texas. The Republic of Texas flag was not approved until around 1840 when talk of Texas joining the U.S. as a slave state had already started.
Here’s a Texas history pilón (bonus) for the Texas SBOE. Be advised that Texas
was part of Mexico during the first Mexican Revolution of 1810. Accordingly,