Sadly, mainstream U.S. society has been unsuccessful, with horribly tragic results, in Anglicizing Native American and African American heritage. In the Southwest, they are finding out the hard way, that they cannot Anglicize Southwest history. To be sure, the MAS movement victory is only the beginning and will only be successful when the seamless history of Texas and the Southwest is totally embraced in the classroom.Our good friends and colleagues from Arizona are "intrepid justice warriors," indeed. Their struggle was not without its costs, however. Personally, I hold deep respect and admiration for their sacrifices—in terms of employment, reputation, stress, and relationships that are still healing.
While never for the faint of heart, such struggles must occur for change to happen. Most positively, their struggle has animated a powerful movement for Ethnic Studies that promises to breathe life and justice into our nation's classrooms.