Down With Texism And Treason! Happy San Jacinto Day!

[See also:


Lone Star Setting? San Jacinto Undone
,
by Howard Sutherland
]

When I was in about seventh grade,
my mother decided it was important for my brother and
myself to learn about the history of Texas. We were

homeschooled children
in the Lone Star state, so
this wasn`t difficult for her to arrange. (I don`t like
to think what goes on in the

public schools
).

We started by studying the

native Indians
who once populated Texas—the Caddo,
Tonkawa,

Comanche
and Apache. My brother and grandfather
constructed a life-size

Tipi
in which our mother/teacher served us buffalo
meat. We learned about Cabeza de Vaca`s

shipwreck
, Coronado`s

golden city
, and

LaSalle
at Matagorda Bay. As

Catholics
, we visited the

Mission Concepcion
in San Antonio, and read books on

Stephen F. Austin.

And, of course, we
visited the site of the Alamo. I remember the Alamo!

But the most
exciting event in Texas history is the

Battle of San Jacinto.
On April 21, 1836, Sam
Houston and the vastly outnumbered “Texians
surprised Santa Ana during an afternoon siesta.

Rumor has it
that Santa Ana was in his tent with the
“Yellow Rose of Texas” at the time, and when he
heard the battle begin outside, he escaped and hid,
wearing her clothing. It wasn`t until after his capture,
when the other Mexican prisoners addressed Santa Ana as
El Presidente” that he was recognized. 

On the

San Jacinto Monument,
now erected on the site of the
battle, there is inscribed the following note:

Measured by its results, San Jacinto
was one of the


decisive battles of the world.

The freedom of Texas from

Mexico won here led to annexation and to the

Mexican War, resulting in the acquisition by
the

United States of the states of

Texas,

New Mexico,

Arizona,

Nevada,

California,

Utah and parts of

Colorado,

Wyoming,

Kansas and

Oklahoma. Almost one-third of the present
area of the American Nation, nearly a million square
miles of territory, changed sovereignty
.”

And yet, several
days ago, as I sat in class here at my

Catholic university
(and, Toto, I`m

not in Texas anymore
) I realized that the glorious
history of Texas is forgotten by most.

In a discussion on
the immigration riots of recent months, my philosophy
professor said, completely seriously, “Well, I`ve
noticed that most of the people who have a problem with
immigration are conservatives from the

American Southwest.
Why don`t we just give it

back to Mexico?

As a daughter of
Texas and a

Southerner
, I am used to hearing slurs directed at
my home state and section. It seems to be one of the few
forms of prejudice permissable

on campus
. I call the anti-Texas variant  “Texism.”

But my professor`s
statement was not only inaccurate, it was treasonous.

I walked out and
stomped around outside for a while to calm down.

On the other hand,
this statement is an accurate reflection of university
liberalism. And it doesn`t just affect the Southwest.
For example, I have never heard anything other that
criticism of the way the United States grew. I`ve never
heard a defense of

“Manifest Destiny.”
It`s all happening in a
university near you. I have a feeling that even Texans
are

falling short in this battle.

The facts: Texas and the southwest were

won by a rebellion
after Santa Ana rescinded the
Constitution of 1824 and asserted dictatorial control
over the settlers there. It was not acquired through
American conquest as

some multiculturalists try to suggest.
And
as far as resident population is concerned,
the

Anglo-American “Texians”
far outnumbered the
Hispanic

“Tejanos”
, who were never more than a minor
presence.

Give it back? I
don`t think so.

Instead of rolling
over and “admitting” that the

southwest should belong to Mexico,
we should do one
thing:

Remember San Jacinto!
 


Athena Kerry (email
her
)
recently graduated from a Catholic university somewhere in
America.