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Not that we promote controversy, but we do attempt to bring forth content that is relevant to our experience. Sometimes, you just have to include a bit of video to help get across the point. This one is real simple: are these states doing the right thing in terms of revising the history books used to teach our children?

Having resided in Texas for some four/five years, I have an idea of how they approach business. Business is different than education and education is certainly apart of being in business. Will these changes impact our African American, Hispanic, and Latino children? Will it require that we DO MORE in our homes? Does it even matter?

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Monday, May 24th 2010 at 5:54AM
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I differ with Anderson Cooper: This was not a good discussion. One side of it was a diatribe, and the school superintendent was not allowed to state his whole case.

The superintendent of schools was trying to talk about high school courses and standards for teaching US history. This is a different context from a college history department, where the other guest teaches.

Most high school students are required to take only one US history survey course, and many smaller schools can offer only one US history course. If the standards for that course are properly written and taught, all the students should take the same course. Students shouldn't be allow to substitute ethnic history courses for the basic US history course. I am not at all opposed to offering ethnic history courses' as elective options in addition to the required basic course when school funding allows.

Monday, May 24th 2010 at 1:53PM
Martha Murphy
It is my belief that this editing of text books on the part of the Texas School District is clearly an effort to reflect a dying ideology/paradigm that is WHITE PRIVILEGE. At face-value it appears RACIST to leave out many of the struggles and contributions of people of color. Not only should we not support such an effort, we have a DUTY to see that it is rescinded!
Monday, May 24th 2010 at 2:43PM
bonnie morrison
Dr. Dyson is my hero!!! He is the voice of reason, intelligence, and humanity- LISTEN TO HIM.
Monday, May 24th 2010 at 2:48PM
bonnie morrison
The superintendent said several times that he does not believe in leaving out the struggles and contributions of people of color. He wants those topics to be a part of US history for all students.
Monday, May 24th 2010 at 5:36PM
Martha Murphy
The problem that I am having is,most hispanics that I have encountered don't share any feelings of unity with African Americans.They primarily vote against causes that improve or support US,in fact in the last thirty years their presence has been an obsticle to our progress.Yes, what is being done here is cultural assination,but Arizona and Texas both are home to some of the MOST conservative voting Mexicans around.PLEASE,someone smarter than I,explain and enlighten me.OUR history has been maligned forever!!!
Monday, May 24th 2010 at 8:24PM
Lee Pierson
The problem that I am having is,most hispanics that I have encountered don't share any feelings of unity with African Americans.They primarily vote against causes that improve or support US,in fact in the last thirty years their presence has been an obsticle to our progress.Yes, what is being done here is cultural assination,but Arizona and Texas both are home to some of the MOST conservative voting Mexicans around.PLEASE,someone smarter than I,explain and enlighten me.OUR history has been maligned forever!!!
Monday, May 24th 2010 at 8:26PM
Lee Pierson
Lee Pierson you are on the right track! According to statistics many Latino's (Hispanics) voted the state governor into office! They have been known to vote republican en-mass. And now they appear to be experiencing a sort of 'back-lash' from those same republicans/"conservatives." Often times once Latino's get into positions of authority they too become discriminatory- ABSOLUTELY REFUSING TO HIRE AFRICAN AMERICANS. Now that they're experiencing discrimination they EXPECT us to march by their sides because historically we have been discriminated against. Well, it's not so "historical," as a matter of fact, quite recently we are feeling the pains of discrimination by our brown brothers and sisters. Really sad. I won't march this time!
Wednesday, May 26th 2010 at 12:51AM
bonnie morrison
As far as I am concerned,most hispanics come here for the same reasons as most(99.99%)immigrants do,to love the American(financial)dream.That dream is not personified in the African American community, in fact the it is perceived that distance from us is the road to prosperity.We are an obsticle that they feel most be overcome in the first steps of the process of "finding the dream".We perpetuate this by behaving as people easily dismissed,we are not united as any common sense population would be,so we have no real pull,and are essentially impotent,economically and politicly.Culturally we are represented as a people who are not family oriented.Therefore we are easily exploited and surpassed.Who really loves someone seen as a loser?Regardless of the historical reality that we have dealt with,the blame is ours today.We even spen resources and use our limited credibility to support those who would replace us.Our leaders are "preachers" and not teachers,talkers and not doers, that is how WE are seen by most.Let us first SAVE OURSELVES,PLEASE!I DO LOVE US SO MUCH!!!!
Thursday, May 27th 2010 at 9:16PM
Lee Pierson
While living in Moscow, Russia and traveling throughoit the Russian Federation anyone could be asked for proof of being in their country legally. Imagine if this were the case here, perhaps persons receiving citizenship wouldn't be bouncing bk and forth btwn there homeland preparing to attack us. This is my $.08 worth...

Peace and blessings,

DSBesong
DMV
Thursday, June 3rd 2010 at 9:10PM
The times have changed,yet the roles pertaining to citizenship have'nt.And,in my opinion,is where the problem lies.There is no industrial revolution ongoing,nor is there a frontier to settle.In fact,all of the justifications for open immigration are gone.Also,there are long time citizens who have yet to realize the American opportunity (DREAM).It is infact idiocy to offer hope to new people,when the children of past contributors have not been recognized.I can trace my heritage back to 1820 (as far as the slave census is concerned)and there isstill votingto be done in regards to my voting rights.
Friday, June 4th 2010 at 8:47PM
Lee Pierson
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