Primo Joe:

Exceptional letter to the Editor. Congratulations. Abrazos, Chema

In a message dated 4/18/2014 1:24:49 P.M. Central Daylight Time,
mimilozano@aol.com writes:
As always Joe . . . well written and right to the point . . . . we are
not immigrants . . .

In a message dated 04/18/14 06:19:54 Pacific Daylight Time,
jlopez8182@satx.rr.com writes:
To All: FYI. The San Antonio Express News was kind enough to
publish a citizens’ concern letter I wrote to them commenting on
an article dealing with the Mexican American Studies (MAS)
Program. There is no doubt that many folks in Texas (including
some running for office) have no clue regarding early Texas

No matter how much we’ve done to tell our pre-1836 Texas
history story, there is still much to do to convince the SBOE and
others in the general public that Texas history is truly bi-lingual
and bi-cultural. It doesn’t begin in 1836 with the arrival of Anglo
immigrants to Mexico. (A empujones y sombrerazos, tenemos que
recitar nuestra historia hasta que se la aprendan.)
José Antonio “Joe” López
San Antonio Express-News
Letters to the Editor, April 18, 2014.
Subject: Texas history. Re Metro Article, April 9:
“Latinos speak out in favor of plan for Mexican-
American studies”:

Great and informative article. With all due respect,
citizen Lady Theresa Thombs and State Board of
Education member Pat Hardy do not want to be
confused with the facts. This is not about
teaching ethnic studies or multiculturalism. It is
about students learning the seamless history of
Texas, from the arrival of our Spanish ancestors
in 1519 to the present.

This is the fact that separates Mexican-descent
citizens originating in Texas and the Southwest
from our sister Hispanic groups in the U.S. In
short, we are not immigrants or descended from

Mexican-American studies is about knowledge
that has been kept from Texas classrooms for
over 150 years. Texas history does not begin in
1836 with the arrival of Anglo immigrants to
Mexico. We need to stop looking at Texas history
only through an Anglophile lens. Moreover, Texas
is in New Spain, not New England.

Clearly, Thombs, Hardy and other SBOE board
members do not understand that we want our
children to learn about their ancestors in the
classroom, an honor we were not fortunate
enough to experience when we attended school.

Rest assured that with the increasing re-browning
of Texas and the U.S., we will continue to hammer
the message until early Texas (pre-1836) history is
securely nailed in Texas classroom curricula. It is
the right thing to do for the right reasons.
J osé Antonio López

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