It differed from the approach of civil rights leaders who organized Viva Kennedy clubs and mass registered Mexican-Americans to vote. The latter was led by Kennedy, Johnson, and others in order to help Latinos prosper within modern, democratic society. Chicanos, on the other hand, adopted a revolutionary narrative that opposed Western civilization and wanted to destroy this society. Two sets of Mexican-American activists, with similar hopes for their community, were pursuing two different approaches.The Civil Rights section of the textbook is full of subtle lines like the one bolded above that suggestively link activists working for equal rights and fighting racism to communists bent on destroying the American dream.
“In instances where it can be verified, I’ll applaud,” Zamora told HuffPost. “In instances where it cannot be verified, then I will be critical. Our children deserve historical writing that can be verified by the current scholarly literature.”The board may consider the textbook after public comment in November, according to The Huffington Post.
His initial impression was that the text has “serious flaws,” but he said he would review it more closely with a group of Mexican-American studies scholars and would present those recommendations to the state board.
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