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Re: “Last Night's TUSD Ethnic Studies Resolution Meeting Gets an F

Juan4Change. . . . . Your comment was excellent

Posted by Jac on 05/14/2011 at 11:10 PM

Re: “Last Night's TUSD Ethnic Studies Resolution Meeting Gets an F

I am white and I grew up in South Phoenix and on East McClintock. Needless to say, those were economically poor areas. Most of my friends were hispanic and I never recall any of them calling themselves Mexican – or at least very often (my very first girlfriend in third grade was hispanic-name was Evette). They always called themselves American as I also did since I am a first generation American. Some of my friends went into the military and some to college and some did neither. What I remember most fondly is all of us believing in the promise of America – liberty, equality, self government, and the chance to do something to change our lives and be something more than our parents generation. I taught at a high school in Arizona for a year before I went to graduate school (first in my family to do so) and I remember most of the football coaching staff (I was a coach) being hispanic. I remember one coach who was born in a railroad car by migrant parents who came to America for work and a better life for their children. He played football as an undergrad and went to graduate school and his sister also. He and countless others love America – sure, it isn’t perfect, but it is pretty good and I and them certainly do not want it to become Aztlan or Mexico or anything else.

Something else. . . . My parents tried hard to speak only English. They wanted to prepare me for my future in a nation and world in which English is the language of international business and politics. They also knew that America would provide opportunities and a foundation for a strong future. Being from eastern Europe, they experienced communism and post-communist racial struggles. They thought America would be different – not perfect, but better. Now, It is extremely disheartening to see racism from all sides. When I was a kid in grade school, I was a minority in a mostly hispanic school, but color was far from our minds – that is, until adults made sure we knew who was different by the time we were 12. Kids are great like that… pure until adults change them.

Also... the full indigenous people of the southwest fought over two centuries of terrible genocidal warfare with the Spanish and Mexican military forces. Today, the Apache, Papago, Yaqi, Navajo, Zuni, Pima, Pueblo, and Yuma tribes still harbor ill will, some even hatred for the Mexican people. Also, the citizens of Tubac petitioned the US government in the late 1840s to send troops for defense against Apache raids and even went so far as to declare loyalty to the US.

Posted by Jac on 05/14/2011 at 10:40 PM

Re: “The Phoenix New Times Visits Tucson's Ethnic Studies Controversy

I am white and I grew up in South Phoenix and on East McClintock. Needless to say, those were economically poor areas. Most of my friends were hispanic and I never recall any of them calling themselves Mexican - or at least very often (my very first girlfriend in third grade was hispanic-name was Evette). They always called themselves American as I also did since I am a first generation American. Some of my friends went into the military and some to college and some did neither. What I remember most fondly is all of us believing in the promise of America - liberty, equality, self government, and the chance to do something to change our lives and be something more than our parents generation. I taught at a high school in Arizona for a year before I went to graduate school (first in my family to do so) and I remember most of the football coaching staff (I was a coach) being hispanic. I remember one coach who was born in a railroad car by migrant parents who came to America for work and a better life for their children. He played football as an undergrad and went to graduate school and his sister also. He and countless others love America - sure, it isn't perfect, but it is pretty good and I and them certainly do not want it to become Aztlan or Mexico or anything else.

Posted by Jac on 05/13/2011 at 11:06 PM

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