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Week 3 Response - nostalgia runs rampant among many...

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Most history textbooks, as we have already read, do not correctly depict the history of Mexicans in the Southwest, for they stress Euro centrism. In fact, “[t]he goal is a ‘multicultural’ history curriculum that ostensibly celebrates diversity but basically celebrates melting-pot assimilation” (Martinez 32). However, as we have learned, assimilation does not mean equality. Assimilation is not the solution for the colonized mind, yet the textbooks portray a different idea; hence, the absent history of Mexicans in textbooks. In The Lost Land Chavez states, “[Francisco] Ramirez feared Mexicans would have to assimilate cutting completely their ties with Mexico.” Once again, we come back to the idea that assimilation does not mean adapting, but completely losing one’s roots. As a result, historical amnesia takes over and we forget our history. Moreover, we don’t even ask about it for we have been excluded from the origin myth, almost like a manipulative manner to keep us docile and controllable. Martinez states, “It seems
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Unformatted text preview: nostalgia runs rampant among many Euro-Americans: a nostalgia for the days of unchallenged White Supremacy—both moral and material—when life was ‘simple’”(Martinez 41). So that makes Latinos at best, complications? Textbooks deemed our heroes, such as Murieta, “bandits” and their deadly racism as simple “‘prejudice.’” It is not all pessimistic for there is a possibility for a new national identity. This can only be achieved if we seek the right choices, if we leave behind the idea of a “Dick and Jane America,” if and only if we look for an origin myth that is multicultural and centers on social equality and democracy, rather than the White Supremacy. For example, in The Lost Land , it recounts over the injustices such as the Land Law of 1851 in which the land grants were questioned for validity. It took no more than two years for Latin Americans to become a minority when once upon a time they had been the majority....
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