Texas, Please Secede Already

What kind of garbage is this? This same backassward state that had textbooks that said slaves were “immigrant workers,” has struck again. They answered the call of a Mexican-American textbook and came up with….this. The textbook has come under fire, and rightly so. Here’s some excerpts from the article.

“Chicanos…adopted a revolutionary narrative that opposed Western civilization and wanted to destroy this society.”

“College youth attempted to force their campuses to provide indigenismo-oriented curriculum, Spanish-speaking faculty and scholarships for poor and illegal students…During the Cold War, as the United States fought Communism worldwide, these kinds of separatist and supremacy doctrines were concerning. While solidarity with one’s heritage was understood, Mexican pride at the expense of American culture did not seem productive.”

(eye rolling)

And this:
“Cubans seemed to fit into Miami well, for example, and find their niche in the business community,” the book’s authors, Jaime Riddle and Valarie Angle, write. “Mexicans, on the other hand, seemed more ambivalent about assimilating into the American system and accepting American values…The concern that many Mexican-Americans feel disconnected from American cultures and values is still present.”

I admit to never having been to Miami, but my understanding is that Cubans have not necessarily assimilated, but made south Florida a “Little Havana,” and there are many Spanish-speaking businesses. I think the authors like them better because Cubans tend to vote Republican.

And then the AHA! moment: Momentum Learning, the book’s publisher, “is owned by Cynthia Dunbar, a former member of the Texas State Board of Education, well-known right-wing activist and author of the book ‘One Nation Under God: How the Left is Trying to Erase What Made Us Great.'”

It’s all about the money. The Texas State Board of Education handed a gift over to a former trustee, in the form of taxpayer money. Why aren’t the RWNJs in an uproar over this? Because they like her message, so it’s ok if it’s all backroom deals, right?

And really, how can Dunbar write a book about the left erasing U.S. history when the State Board of Education approved textbooks that said slaves were “immigrant workers”? Like many conservatives, she can’t deal with our history.  She can’t acknowledge that slave labor is one of the things “that made this country great.”

textbook Really? Aztec dancers? That’s not quite “Mexican-American.”


About socolaura

Mom, educator, opinionated, passionate, smart, witty, wise Latina. Waiting for my moment of zen.
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