Monday, July 18, 2016

Video from July 18, 2016 TEA Press Conference on Racist Mexican-American textbook under review by the Texas State Board of Education

Boasting an excellent set of studied presentations, this press conference video was recorded today on July 18, 2016 at the Texas Education agency in Austin, Texas.  

In order of presentation by highly-regarded Mexican American Studies scholars, they collectively amount to a solid protest primarily against the controversial Mexican-American textbook authored by Jaime Riddle and Valarie Angle titled, "Mexican American Heritage," that is currently getting considered for adoption by Texas' State Board of Education (SBOE). 

The SBOE will take up the matter at their September 13, 2016 meeting (which continues through Friday, September, 2016), with a final vote on the textbook taking place at their November 15, 2016 meeting—both in Austin, Texas, William B. Travis Building, 1701 North Congress, Austin, TX.  


Today's press conference takes place on the heels of the June 16, 2016 Mexican American Studies Summit that took place in San Antonio, as well as on 4 years of organizing by the NACCS-Tejas Foco statewide organization that is a regional member site of its national parent organization by the same name (i.e., National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies).  

The San Antonio summit addressed the textbook and other matters pertinent to Mexican American and ethnic studies, generally.  What follows are scholar's expressed critique of the textbook:

 Dr. Emilio Zamora-UT-Austin
Dr. Liliana Patricia Saldaña-UTSA

Dr. José María "Chema" Herrera-Cotera-UTEP 

Kathy Miller, Director of the Texas Freedom Network, along with others that made comments like Dr. Emilio Zamora, Juan Tejeda, and Anita Quintanilla who caps off the whole press conference by saying that Texas and the Southwestern United States is our "Motherland" and that we (Mexicans/Mexican Americans) are not illegal.

Please consider signing a petition on behalf of our Responsible Ethnic Studies Textbook Coalition (or "REST Coalition") at  Additional information is available at  I intend to also keep covering this on my blog.

Angela Valenzuela

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