Why Doesn’t The Headline Say “MEXICAN Professor Urges Students to Break Laws”?


For Mexican-American professor Albert Ponce, above, being a Hispanic, a Mexican, a “not white” American is the most important thing in his life. Why can’t he be identified as such in PJMedia, Campus Reform, and Red Elephants Video headlines:

Here’s PJMedia’s quote from the professor’s rantings:

Albert Ponce, a professor from Diablo Valley College, thinks we must tear the whole system down because some people aren’t doing as well as others.

And he wants your kids to handle the dirty work.

In a video posted at The Red Elephants, Ponce can be seen lecturing to a class that only white people should be standing for the National Anthem. Further, he argues that minorities should break laws they believe are unjust.

“[T]here were people here, the indigenous people, who were part … who paid a price, a very heavy price, for this project that is unfolding of white supremacy,” Ponce says.

Ponce continues: “That’s the beauty of the law — if you write it, you can convince all of us to follow it. Just like all of us do today. When you shouldn’t. Many of the laws existing, we should be violating those laws.”

Of course, Ponce then reveals who his views are shaped by: Karl Marx. Ponce says Marx was “one of the most profound thinkers in the history of Western philosophy.”[PJMedia emphasis]

Well, no, his “views” were shaped by being a Mexican growing up in America. (I don’t know where he was actually born–it’s not relevant.) Ponce [Email him] says this himself, in an  interview with his community college paper:

Via email, Ponce wrote that growing up in a working poor, immigrant community in La Puente, California, his opportunities were limited if he wanted to stay out of the school-to-prison pipeline. He could either join the military or work in the low-wage sector of the economy. He dropped out of high school at 16, opting instead to work full time.

“It was not a very good environment to learn,” said Ponce.

Although out of school, Ponce’s drive to understand the inequalities of the world led him to Chiapas, Mexico in 1999 where he spent a couple of weeks with indigenous communities learning about their experiences resisting the North American Free Trade Agreement.

“This was a pivotal moment that compelled me to learn more and to see how I could make an impact by educating others about the inequitable world we exist in and work towards building a better one,” said Ponce via email.

Upon his return he earned his GED diploma in 2001 and followed up by enrolling in his first community college course at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California in 2002. [Emphasis added]

Off the beaten path: the story of Albert Ponce, by Olivier Alata, November 20, 2017

As you can see, being Mexican is the major driver of Ponce’s ideology–so why isn’t it the point of these articles?

By the way, the video quality is better than the usual classroom video–that’s because it’s not cellphone video, but something that Ponce himself posted online: