In Tea Party Republican Arizona, teaching Mexican American history is illegal because that history is purportedly “un-American” and foments the “overthrow of the government.”
The shamelessness of people who rally under the Confederate flag — a flag of treason, whose adherents renounced their U.S. citizenship, declared war on our country, and actually tried to overthrow our government! — claiming our history is “un-American” is breathtaking.
Let’s look at a few instructive snippets from scholars regarding this “subversive,” “un-American” history:
Proportionately, Mexican Americans surpass all other ethnic groups with respect to the number of Congressional Medals of Honor earned for valor in combat.
After WW II, these patriotic men and women encountered “No Mexicans Allowed” signs in public places. Robert Oppenheimer describes a typical incident of a Mexican American WW II veteran, in his medal-decorated uniform, who was refused service in a restaurant. “White” cemeteries refused to bury Mexican American veterans.
Compare the decency of these patriots to the racism they faced: In Silvis, the home of Hero Street, Mexican American WW II veterans were not allowed to join the whites-only VFW chapter, but when the “white” VFW building was later razed and the members had no place to meet, the Mexican American chapter welcomed the displaced members to their chapter.
It is a perversion and a libel of monumental proportions to categorize the history detailed above — and similar historical dynamics regarding the immense economic, labor, cultural, political, educational, social, civil-rights, etc., contributions of Mexican Americans to our country — as “illegal” and “un-American.” Especially by people who rally under the treasonous Confederate flag.
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