“To have to see these people every day, and they don’t have our back. Something as simple as just trying to find out what happened, so that it doesn’t happen again, because my fear is this was the tip of the iceberg. You have a lot of people that are radicalized, that this is exactly what they wanted to do. And it’s – by there being no accountability – it’s emboldening them.”
James Blassingame, a Capitol Hill police officer on repercussions of the January 6 Capitol Hill riots, in a PBS interview
“‘Patriotic education’ isn’t education; it’s propaganda. And it’s honestly not that patriotic to raise the next generation on whitewashed, simpleminded half-truths just because it makes you feel good.”
Kevin M. Kruse, history professor at Princeton University, about Texas House Bill 2497, which would establish a panel of nine political appointees tasked with educating students about Texas history
The measure, House Bill 2497, earned bipartisan support this session, passing the House by a vote of 124 to 19, and 22 to 9 in the Senate. It establishes a panel of nine political appointees tasked with educating about Texas history, whose work will mostly be found in informational pamphlets given to Texans receiving driver’s licenses. The committee will “promote awareness” of Texas’ past as it relates to “the history of prosperity and democratic freedom in this state,” according to the bill.
In This March 7, 2012, photo from Austin, Texas, workers erect a monument to Tejano settlers, Spanish and Mexican explorers who trail-blazed what would become the Lone Star State.The massive granite and bronze memorial is set to be officially unveiled March 29 on the South lawn of the state Capitol. (AP Photo/Will Weissert)
This week Texas’ Tejano settlers – that is, the state’s original inhabitants, after the Indians – will finally be recognized. State leaders will dedicate a granite and bronze memorial to the Spanish explorers who established vast communities long before the likes of Stephen F. Austin or Sam Houston were even born. Since 2002, the Texas Tejano organization has endeavored to get the true story of our state’s history to include the Spanish settlers. Spaniards had reached Texas by the 1580’s; the entire southwestern region of what is now the United States and all of México formed what was then called “Nuevo España,” or “New Spain.” They built entire towns, complete with churches and functioning governments, and later began intermarrying with the region’s indigenous peoples. They took a term that various native peoples used for friend – tejas, tayshas, texias and thecas are among the varied translations – and used it to create the state’s name. None of it is something Texas schoolchildren have traditionally learned, but that’s changing. One of my own paternal ancestors, Marcos Alonzo de la Garza – Falcon, was born in Spain around 1550 and arrived in South Texas some 30 years later; so the event this week in Austin has personal significance for me. I’m definitely glad, though, that México lost Texas to the United States in 1836. But, the Lone Star state’s expansive and diverse history can’t be denied.