Skip to comments.Hispanic activist wants Chicano studies purged (New Mexico)
Posted on 07/26/2020 9:29:52 PM PDT by CedarDave
A New Mexico Hispanic leader upset about the removal of Spanish conquistador monuments is pushing for the state to end its support for Chicano and Native American studies.
In a letter to University of New Mexico President Garnett Stokes, New Mexico League of United Latin American Citizens Executive Director Ralph Arellanes wrote that the states largest university should dismantle both programs because they teach Latino students self-hate about their Spanish heritage.
Arellanes, who signed that letter in his role as New Mexico LULAC executive director and chair of the Hispano Roundtable of New Mexico, said he has collected stories of Hispanic students leaving classrooms crying after being told by professors that Spanish conquistadors participated in genocide against Indigenous populations.
The Hispano Roundtable of New Mexico, New Mexico LULAC and our many expert historians in New Mexico request a meeting with you to discuss our concerns, Arellanes wrote. We will be calling for the removal of these courses and programs that are teaching our New Mexico students this kind of hate and complete propaganda.
Its incredulous, Irene Vásquez, the director of the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department, said. This is not a serious criticism. But we must be doing something right, because we are growing. According to university numbers, enrollment in Chicano studies classes on campus has jumped from 96 in 2011 to 707 last fall.
UNM spokeswoman Cinnamon Blair said the school supports an environment of free and open inquiry and academic freedom for faculty and students.
If we ignore pre-colonial, colonial, and postcolonial history and if we reject what careful peer-reviewed historical research tells us about the past, we abandon our opportunity to build better communities in the present, Blair said in a statement.
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Personally, I’m a newcomer - I’ve only been here since 1978. The first wave of Spanish explorers arrived in the mid-1500’s and settlers founded Santa Fe shortly after 1600.
I don’t like generalizing, who does, but the question occurs...how are Hispanics generally feeling about all the riots etc? I have a feeling they’re not fans of the madness.
Remember, Hispanics are not all one group. The traditionals whose family record goes back centuries are well established in small businesses - the initial closure by Dem Lujan Grisham caused many to have financial problems. More recent immigrants (legal) have established restaurants that were allowed to reopen in June and Lujan Grisham closed them again at the beginning of this month. There are a lot of PO’d people of all cultures right now and a lot of them are going to vote against the Dem radical progressives in November.
isn’t he one of the marx brothers?
Cannot criticize the Cortez woman’s ancestors.
No, it’s not. It may be incredible, but not incredulous.
Im incredulous that any of these people hold faculty positions in a university. :)
LuLac is a nasty race baiting organization
I thought that after the conquistadors some Spanish settlers came into New Mexico. I think there are some people who are directly descended from them who speak 17th century Spanish and resent being considered Mexicans.
I do think that word means what she thinks it means.
Well, at least one “ethnic studies” program in the country was not hiding all the truth. That kind of surprises me, that the “ethnic studies” academics let that much truth in.
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