Radicalized Separatist Studies Pushed in TX Public Schools

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  One cold January morning in Austin 2012, I had the honor of meeting a very astute member of the Austin Tea Party. He had come out to our protest against the RNC at the Omni Hotel in Austin who were meeting to push a guest-worker agenda while seeking ways to court the growing Hispanic voter pool. Stop the Magnet demonstrated out in the cold to stress the need for protecting American citizens against the invasion . Please read his most excellent response to the recent push for Mexican-American studies in Texas schools and check out the links. DO contact your SBOE member and let them know they are making a mistake leaving our schools open to this curriculum.

Dear Texas SBOE Members, Recent calls for the establishment of a Mexican-American Studies course or an Ethnic Studies course in Texas schools promote racial antagonism and division, and have no place in Texas. In other states where such programs have been created, those programs have been used by racists and ethnic nationalists to teach hate and intolerance to children.  There is no reason to bring that nonsense to our state. The following links show what happened in Tucson, Arizona when well-respected attorney Mr. John Munger (a former member of the University of Arizona Board of Regents) presented his investigation of the Mexican-American Studies Program offered in the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD).  His conclusion, supported by wide testimony, is that the books used in the TUSD courses were: …classical showpieces of Marxist oriented indoctrination. They are about political oppression, incessant deprecation of anything not Chicano – including the U.S. Constitution, capitalism, and anything European or of European culture…they teach students that they are oppressed; that they are principally not American, but that they are Chicano; should not join in on American society, but should separate themselves ultimately in an area called Aztlan which is an area of the U.S. that now makes up California, Arizona,New Mexico, and Texas…” http://www.channelingreality.com/Niwa/Documents/TUSD%205-10-11speakers4pp.pdf
http://www.channelingreality.com/Niwa/Documents/MASD%20HS%20Reading%20List.pdf
http://www.tusd1.org/resources/ss/documents/Gr3Civil_rghts.pdf On January 12, 2012, TUSD suspended its Mexican-American Studies Program after an administrative law judge ruled it, violated Arizona state law because it promoted the overthrow of the U. S. government and promoted resentment toward a race or class of people...”. The Arizona law is under appeal to the 9th U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals. A man named Tony Diaz spent two years protesting the ban on the Mexican-American Studies Program in TUSD and then moved to Texas to become the director of intercultural initiatives at Lone Star College’s North Harris campus outside Houston, Texas. Diaz is one of the people who is pushing the SBOE to adopt a Mexican-American Studies Course. In this role at Lone Star College Mr. Diaz has focused his attention solely on pro-Mexican propaganda, while excluding the interests of other ethnic groups, which shows us the hateful direction a Mexican-American studies program in Texas schools would take.  Even calling the course Mexican-American Studies or Ethnic Studies would end up emphasizing ethnic/racial differences among students, while excluding every other ethnic group from receiving attention.  If a 
Mexican-American Studies course were to be created, then fairness would demand that similar courses be created for other ethnic groups.  Here is a short list of the other programs which would be needed:  African-American Studies Course,
Czech-American Studies Course,
German-American Studies Course,
Japanese-American Studies Course,
Hungarian-American Studies Course,
Polish-American Studies Course,
Chinese-American Studies Course,
Korean-American Studies Course,
Cuban-American Studies Course,Irish-American Studies Course,
Vietnamese-American Studies Course,
Indian-American Studies Course,
Arab-American Studies Course,
Dutch-American Studies Course,
Australian-American Studies Course,
Israeli-American Studies Course,and so on.  Finally, a Mexican-American studies program at the state level is not needed because Texas education code allows school districts to develop their own courses.  Texas Education Code, Title 2, Subtitle F, Chap. 28, Subchapter A, Sect. 28.001, (f), says a school district may offer courses for local elective credit beyond what is required for graduation so long as the required curriculum for graduation is offered. Therefore, the Mexican-American Studies Course is a matter for consideration at the local level and is not a matter for the SBOE.  Please do not promote division in Texas.