We are all indebted to schoolmaster Harry Warren without whom this massacre could not be verified. While it took generations for this story to get excavated,
Warren's chronicling of this event speaks to the power of written, eye-witness accounts that help preserve and extend memory.
Texas history illuminates our understanding of the present context in which we find ourselves as Mexicans, Mexican Americans, and people of color, generally, still trying to climb out of this hole of limited and blocked opportunity that finds unfortunate expression in prejudice and discrimination that characterizes relations in so many of our communities across our state and nation.
Unfortunately, under Trumpism, this story is as relevant today as ever.