Horrific violence that took place in Porvenir, Texas, nearly a hundred years ago in 1918 is finally getting the attention that it deserves in this moving documentary by Hector Galán titled, "Porvenir, Texas." My husband and UT History Professor Dr. Emilio Zamora was interviewed for this film. He does a great job, if I must say so myself.
Also featured is LULAC President Domingo Garcia who I learned from watching the film on PBS last week is a descendant of those who experienced this vicious brutality at the hands of both the Texas Rangers and U.S. Military. I had the honor of working with Representative Garcia and his office in the Texas State Legislature when he was a representative back in the early 2000s. I always knew that there was something powerful that drove him, that impelled him forward as a powerful and impassioned civil and human rights advocate.
For me, one of the most important takeaways was the involvement of the U.S. military. I am so glad that this finally came to light. Yes, just like what's happening today along the U.S.-Mexico border, our ancestors' tax dollars paid for this heinous crime against humanity!
The documentary shows this Tuesday night at the Paramount Theater in Austin, Texas. Emilio and others will be providing commentary.
Last year, Texas Tejanos commemorated this event, as well, as you can see here:
This documentary helps explain the racist policies, politics, and violence that continue today along the U.S.-Mexican border which, of course, directly impacts those attempting to cross it for legal, justifiable reasons from other parts of Central and South America suffering from violence, crises, and economic and political instability.
It's moving to view images of the descendants who come together a hundred years later. What will the descendants today's victims have to say a hundred or fewer years from now in what is yet another terribly sad, violent chapter of U.S. history that we are currently witnessing before our very eyes?
I shudder the thought.