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RE: Texas Senate Bill 3 and Texas House Bill 3979
Published on 8/5/2021
In light of recent attempts by the Texas Legislature, the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE) would like to formally voice objection to the Texas Senate Bill 3 and Texas House Bill 3979, and any future legislature that intends to diminish and altogether erase important historical people and events from our state’s history curriculum. Examples include but are not limited to Critical Race Theory, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a Dream” speech and works by influential and revered people such as César Chávez and Susan B. Anthony. These historical figures offer a deeper understanding of our state’s history by looking at these historical figures and events through a transnational approach. Senate Bill 3 intentionally excluded “most mentions of people of color and women from the state’s required curriculum.” More damaging perhaps is the fact that this exclusion includes, “history of white supremacy, including but not limited to the institution of slavery, the eugenics movement, and the Ku Klux Klan, and the ways which it is morally wrong.” It is sad in this day and age that we need to formally condone the teaching of white supremacy as morally wrong. As advocates for Chicanos in higher education and as staunch supporters of teaching American and Texas history accurately, we collectively and unequivocally denounce Texas House Bill 3979 and Senate Bill 3. These bills aim to erase our history and contradict our organization’s mission—"to improve educational …opportunities for Chicanos in higher education” and “assist in the promotion of the history and culture of Chicanos in higher education.” We stand in solidarity with our sibling educators in K-12 and in colleges and universities across the state and are eager to work with them in their efforts to continue to validate and celebrate the experiences of minoritized people who have been historically excluded but who have been such an imperative part of the Texas and American story.
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