Mexican American textbook incites controversy

Jun 21, 2016

By Olivia P. Tallet

Mexican Americans might not recognize their cultural history as it unfolds in a new textbook proposed for Texas public schools.

Chicanos are described as people who “adopted a revolutionary narrative that opposed Western civilization and wanted to destroy this society.”

In another passage, Mexican Americans are linked to undocumented immigrants.

Illegal immigration has “caused a number of economic and security problems in the United States,” the textbook notes. “Poverty, drugs, crime, non-assimilation, and exploitation are among some of these problems. Studies have shown that the Mexican American community suffers from a significant gap in education levels, employment, wages, housing, and other issues relating to poverty that persist through the second, third, and fourth generations.”


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  • “”Poverty, drugs, crime, non-assimilation, and exploitation are among some of these problems. Studies have shown that the Mexican American community suffers from a significant gap in education levels, employment, wages, housing, and other issues relating to poverty that persist through the second, third, and fourth generations.”

    Truth is, you can say that about any American demographic. Denying it exists does nothing to fix it. But narrowing the accusations down to one group without examining some of the underlying causes (two groups, actually, since blacks get the same treatment) also does nothing to improve the stats.



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  • Vicki #1
    Jun 23, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Truth is, you can say that about any American demographic. Denying it exists does nothing to fix it. But narrowing the accusations down to one group without examining some of the underlying causes (two groups, actually, since blacks get the same treatment) also does nothing to improve the stats.

    Some of the stats. seem pretty damning!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-36599316
    The US has been warned about its high poverty rate in the International Monetary Fund’s annual assessment of the economy.

    The fund said about one in seven people were living in poverty and that it needed to be tackled urgently.

    It recommended raising the minimum wage and offering paid maternity leave to women to encourage them to work.

    However Ms Lagarde warned that “not only does poverty create significant social strains, it also eats into labour force participation, and undermines the ability to invest in education and improve health outcomes”.

    “Our assessment is that, if left unchecked, these four forces – participation, productivity, polarisation and poverty – will corrode the underpinnings of growth and hold back gains in US living standards,” she added.

    The report called on the US to invest more in education, as well as implement better social programmes such as childcare to help poorer Americans get jobs.



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