Make AISD teach Hispanic history

Make AISD teach Hispanic history

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Aidan Acuña started this petition to City of Austin, Texas and

The erasure of Hispanic history is spread throughout the curriculum from early schooling up to graduation in AISD and almost everywhere else in the nation. It is imperative to teach our history because of how much of a role Mexicans have and continue to play in our area. This history goes back even further than "First contact" and still continues to this day. Most of this history is tragic and untold so it leaves many unaware of what happened to the Hispanics, causing ignorance and racial intolerance. 

AISD’s race and ethnicity demographic shows that 55% of the students are Hispanic, making it even more shocking that their own history isn't taught to them. The only parts that are taught are that Cesar Chavez marched, and Mexico was the ‘opposition’ in the Texas Revolution and in the Mexican-American war. Hispanics are taught that they’re on the bad side of history, the villains. I want to change that. Nothing is taught regarding what happened to the Mexican civilians once their land was lost. The border war isn't mentioned even though its effects are still present to this day. Although what is most shocking is how students aren't taught about the genocide that occurred between 1915-1919 where hundreds of Mexican Americans were killed and even lynched by the Texas Rangers and the US army. Those extremely important and horrific events are rarely even thought of today because schools don't teach it. This causes students of all races and ethnicities unaware of the true history of anti-Hispanic sentiments and events in our nation. 

Austin should own up to its racist past and educate the youth on what really happened. Less than six decades ago, Austin was still forcing African Americans and Hispanics to live on the East side of Austin and even had signs telling Blacks and Hispanics that they weren't allowed in. The schools were segregated at that time as well, but it's rarely even mentioned. The way to mend this is by integrating Hispanic history into all history classes from elementary to high school. This request isn't impossible because we've seen this done with African American history. If Austin wants to become a truly progressive city then it must teach the history that Texas wants to forget.

About me: My name is Aidan Acuña and I am a junior at Austin High. I'm a native Austinite with a family that's been in the city for over a century, and in Texas since the time of New Spain. Because of my long family history in this area, I'm quite familiar with how Mexicans were treated because my grandparents have told me stories from their past. I personally feel like the history of a whole group of people shouldn't be taught exclusively through stories and grandparents, and instead, it should be taught in schools for all to learn. 

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