As I remember it, in direct and subtle ways I was taught that white was good and brown was bad, the Spanish language and Mexican-American culture were dirty, and 100-plus white heroes killed 5,000 dirty Mexicans at the Alamo.Sadly, this is still a subliminal message that gets conveyed daily to far too many Texas school children today, regardless of ethnicity. We are still desperately in need of a curriculum—specifically a Mexican American Studies curriculum—that provides a complete picture of who we are as Mexicans and Mexican Americans in the state of Texas.
Should you have some time on Tuesday of this coming week, consider joining us at 8:30AM at a rally at the William B. Travis Building 1701 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701 to advocate for Mexican American Studies in the school curriculum—and NOT the name that the SBOE gave us in their last meeting on April 11, 2018, namely, "Ethnic Studies: An Overview of Americans of Mexican Descent." Here is the SBOE agenda and instructions on testifying.
We also need to call for Women and Gender Studies, as well as for the state to direct resources for developing a clearinghouse for Mexican American Studies, and Ethnic Studies, generally.
Here are some instructions from Juan Tejeda for testifying before the SBOE next week:
If you're planning on testifying before the Texas State Board of Education on behalf of Mexican American Studies this coming Tuesday, June 12, in Austin, online registration opened on Friday, June 8, at 8am, and will be open through this Monday, June 11, until 5pm. The agenda item is #2 of the full board. Here is the link to register: http://bit.ly/2FeZbAM You can also register by calling 512.463.9007 today or Monday during work hours.
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