Do NOT call the defenders of the Alamo HEROIC says Texas school board
|To the People of Texas & All Americans in the World:|
Fellow citizens & compatriots—I am besieged, by a thousand or more of the Mexicans under Santa Anna—I have sustained a continual Bombardment & cannonade for 24 hours & have not lost a man. The enemy has demanded a surrender at discretion, otherwise, the garrison are to be put to the sword, if the fort is taken—I have answered the demand with a cannon shot, & our flag still waves proudly from the walls. I shall never surrender or retreat. Then, I call on you in the name of Liberty, of patriotism & everything dear to the American character, to come to our aid, with all dispatch—The enemy is receiving reinforcements daily & will no doubt increase to three or four thousand in four or five days. If this call is neglected, I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible & die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor & that of his country—Victory or Death.
William Barret Travis
- [Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News] The Texas State Board of Education's advisory panel suggested 'heroic' be taken out of descriptions of the Alamo for seventh grade classes
Little men try to tear big men down. Midgets try to tear giants down.
- The curriculum currently states that the 'siege of the Alamo and all of the heroic defenders who gave their lives there'
The text they're bitching about is to the right. Form your own opinion about whether it's heroic.
- 'Heroic' is seen as a 'value-charged word' for the complicated history of the Revolution and its connections to slavery and the autocratic Mexican regime
If Santa Ana wasn't an autocrat, what was he? And for extra credit, have the school board members count the number of references to slavery in the Travis Letter.
- 'Stop political correctness in our schools,' Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, said on Thursday
If you want to be "Fair and Balanced," you might want to chant "Viva Juan Seguin! Viva Juana Navarro! Viva Salvador Flores!" The defenders weren't all Anglos. Those fighting for the Republic of Texas weren't all Anglos.
- George P. Bush, state land commissioner, also voiced disdain for a plan to allow students to not have to write a separate assignment about 'the Travis Letter'
"I shall never surrender or retreat." It kinda went into the marrow of the state. Now the insects are trying to get rid of it.
Posted by: Fred 2018-09-09