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Facts - Are Facts

Facts - Are Facts

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Placido Salazar psalazar9@satx.rr.com
The ostrich can hide its head in the sa
nd, only for so long….. and so can the so
called “
” on the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE).
 As I have
asked the numerous times I have testified there, “Why are you so afraid that Texas’
and other Southwest U.S. students will read about the true history of this region?
“The facts” are the facts and nothing or
nobody can change that, no matter how much you try to close your eyes to reality. No more did Austin, Travis, Bowie and
company “discover” this region, than Christopher Columbus “
” anything,
except the NATIVES who
already lived in this countr
. Mexican-
American Studies (MAS) “approval” was long overdue, but as I still
Founding Fathers’ history must be included in our children’s
textbooks, along with the history of every other ethnic group
not as separate/elective reading material. We have bravely and proudly served our country in every American war, side by side with every American soldier
 and we have the decorations for bravery to prove it, so why should our history must be
together and the same as everybody else’s history.
is not history
, unless it is chronicled the way it actually happened,
free of any current ideology….. in all its varied skin colors and the glory we all
“America The Beautiful” is
, because of all its colors and what we all stand for.
 Placido Salazar, USAF Retired Vietnam Veteran
Veterans’ Legislation Liaison
 Dr. Hector P. Garcia American GI Forum Org of TX
López: The SBOE -- A Texas Stonewall
Last Updated: 27 April 2014
By José Antonio López
José Antonio López
SAN ANTONIO, April 27 -
“The Anglo Americans who came to Texas with Stephen
F. Austin were not in the true sense pioneers; they found not a wilderness but a
society already in existence…” These words were written by Historian John Francis Bannon in his book, “The
Spanish Frontier in America, 1513-
 Author Bannon is referring to the unique Tejano mystique. Truly, Tejano society lured Anglos both legally and illegally to immigrate to Mexico; abandoning the U.S. to start life anew in México. Nevertheless, those same U.S. immigrants betrayed their host country of México shortly after arriving. The
y didn’t like Mexican laws
abolishing slavery, (in 1829, México was the first country in America to do so). Thus, after 1836 Texas independence, the Anglos made a conscious decision to start writing Texas history on a clean slate. That is, they would pretend there was no existing society and that Texas was a wilderness. Albeit, their choosing to retain the
name “Texas” (its Spanish name since 1691) exposes their obvious duplicity.
Regardless, the Anglos built their Manifest Destiny-inspired myth on a literary stone wall hiding pre-1836 Texas (Tejano) history. Now, over 150 years later, The Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) members act as modern-day sentries atop the stonewall of silence prohibiting Texas students from learning the true facts of their s
tate’s founding. Just recently, grass
-roots Texas citizens, parents, and educators appealed to the board to teach Texas students the seamless history of Texas through a Mexican American Studies (MAS) Program. The SBOE responded negatively. They disagreed to establish a MAS Program because even after 150 years, they ignore the real founding of Texas. In part, they
claim among other things that “We mustn’t teach Mexico’s history in America.” There
are at least three problems with their Anglophile position.
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,

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