by Eileen Rivera-de la Hoz
Dear Gov. Brewer,
In your zeal to rid yourself of hard-working, undocumented residents, you lost sight of your mission. You continue to step over lines that shouldn’t be crossed. In your so-called wisdom, you decided that you would save your state from the invading hoards and in doing so unleashed the hounds of hatred upon us all. Hope you’re proud of yourself.
Your latest bright idea involves the education of your state’s children. You should ask Tom Horne to remove that white hood and face what he is. Just an FYI, you’re doing an excellent job of creating activists all by yourself.
I could suggest you take a refresher course in history, but then I’m sure you have been reminded that those children are the descendants of people who the border crossed. Roll your eyes all you want, the facts don’t change. Perhaps your school taught you that the history of the United States began 235 years ago and you would be right. However, the land mass upon which the USA
poached perched itself belonged to people who loved and cared for the land. And some of those people still live in your state. As a matter of fact, their ancestors were American before your ancestors ever thought of leaving the old country.
The future voters of Arizona are learning a valuable lesson from you. They’re learning that you don’t like their color, their culture, or their history. Where will they learn their unique history? Where will they read the books written by Chicano authors? What topics will be covered in your state-sanctioned version of Mexican-American studies?
If you were the governor of New Jersey when I was in school, I may never have read the words nor appreciated the passion of Piri Thomas, Miguel Piñeiro, or Pedro Juan Soto. Would I have had the opportunity to read the research done by Loida Figueroa or Olga Wagenheim? I may never have learned who Pedro Albizu Campos or Lolita Lebron were. I had the opportunity to learn the history and read the literature of Puerto Rico and not once did a professor advocate throwing over the United States government, nor was I taught resentment towards another race or class of person. Imagine that! I grew into a respectable, tax-paying citizen with a true appreciation for her history, culture, and language.
So what’s next, outlawing Spanish-language mass?
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