Here is an earlier piece that came out last Friday, June 15, 2018 on KERA radio that that consists of a short, yet quite informative interview with University of North Texas Denton Mexican American Studies (MAS) History Professor Roberto Calderón [interview highlights provided below] on the importance of Mexican American Studies in the K-12 Texas curriculum.
Dr. Calderón does a great job in getting at the crux of the matter behind why our community is strongly supportive of this direction in policy—and why all of Texas and the nation should care.
Mexican-American history is a dominant narrative of Texas history. We can choose to ignore that fact or we can choose to include it, and I firmly believe [we should include it.]"
For the record, according to Pew Hispanic, within the aggregate "Latino/a" community in Texas, Mexican Americans are by far the largest sub-group at 87 percent. Latino/as, as a whole, also represent a rising share of the entire U.S. population (Pew Hispanic, Sept. 18, 2017).
Hence, a systemic omission from the grand narrative brings to mind this aphorism that is important to historians:
"Until the story of the hunt is told by the lion, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter."
MAS thus offers an important corrective to the dominant Anglo narrative that noticeably marginalizes a large and growing demographic with roots to this continent.
I'll close with a common refrain expressed and heard in our community:
Aquí estamos y no nos vamos!
Here we are, and we're not going anywhere.
This is not a threat, but an observation. Texas and the U.S. Southwest is Mexican Americans' ancestral homeland for tens of thousands of years.
And we're all the better for knowing this history anyway as it informs the direction that our community, and Texas as a whole, should take.