Why has Hispanic history been separated from American history in textbooks?
It’s no wonder we get frustrated that others don’t seem to grasp our key role in history.
In the 1830s, Mejicanos were concerned about Americans migrating to their country, causing a massive migration into Texas. This small segment of history clashes with the Anglo narrative that dominates history books.
America’s dark past of lynching Black people extended to Latinos who acted “too Mexican” by speaking Spanish, taking away jobs from Whites and refusing to leave land that Whites wanted. These lynchings took place across the Southwest and historians says it’s a mistake America prefers to keep hidden.
American history wouldn’t be what it is today without our gente, so let’s do our best to preserve it.