Imagine if you will, Latino activists sitting around an almost empty office, laughing and joking while wondering when the next mini-movement would occur. Suddenly the door burst open, running into the office is another Latino Activist, shouting, ‘I’ve got one here my brothers and sisters!’
What the activist present is Texas State Bill 1128, which would require students in Texas to be taught U.S. history, as well as, Texas history. After all, this is Texas, which at times, doesn’t seem to be a part of the United States, but it is. What’s wrong with requiring students, immigrants included, to know the history of the state or country in which they reside?
What good would teaching students, immigrants included, Mexico, South America, or even Africa’s history? It’s not like any Americans are planning to major in any of them.
Tony Diaz, who resides in Texas, which is a part of the United States, is lobbying against the bill. According to him, “we’ve learned from our brothers and sisters in Arizona how hard it is to get a law off the books, so we’re here to nip it in the bud.”
Apparently, Diaz didn’t migrate to Texas or the United States to assimilate into the American culture, but to change it, perhaps to suit his personal sentiment of a country that he ‘left,’ or maybe, was never a part of.
Senator Dan Patrick, the sponsor of the bill, no doubt is as dumb founded as the rest of the state. This is not a racial issue, targeting Latino community. Black, or African American history is not a requirement to graduate, but it’s preserved for enlightenment in only one month a year.
"We have passed legislation in the past that required, under law, that students should learn broad comprehensive history of our country," Patrick told Hair Balls. "But it would appear that this legislation's being circumvented."
Perhaps Diaz didn’t get the memo, presented by the National Association of Scholars, which ‘criticizes Texas universities for offering what it views as too many classes focusing on race, gender and class, rather than military and intellectual history.’
In Texas, there’s an old saying, ‘an empty wagon makes a lot of noise.’