- Dan Patrick, R-HoustonTexas Senator
Stop Senate Bill 1128
Senate Bill 1128 is a bill by which college courses in Mexican American history and African American history would not count towards a college degree in Texas public universities. We must stop this bill because college courses that teach about Mexican American history and African American history teach undergraduate students from a critical standpoint; students understand the meaningful contributions from individuals of color that help make this state and our country a great one. Further, students are given a multicultural educational perspective that not only underscores inclusiveness, dismantles stereotypes, and provides an opportunity for students of all racial backgrounds to collaborate towards social justice. Educational research by Gary Howard, Sonia Nieto, Paul Gorski, Tara Yosso, and Dolores Delgado Bernal illuminate that courses in Mexican American history and African American history are at the heart of educational reform; when students take courses in Mexican American history and African American history, individuals are moved towards personal transformation and educational equity is possible for students and educators of all racial backgrounds.