Subject: Laws are not always right or just.
We should all know about the Trail of Tears, roundup of the Comanches into reservations and the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII. All these acts were legal.
I recall as a little boy when I was picking cotton in West Texas. Most of the education I got was watching a yellow school bus pass by the cottonfields taking White kids to school. Agricultural work was more important than an education. This too was legal.
It was my generation that was harmed the most by agricultural laws. If you were fortunate enough to go to school you had segregated schools to attend. This segregation too was legal. My generation is the one that went to Vietnam, that came back and questioned our place in America, that started the Chicano Movement. We had come alive. We no longer accepted being called wetback, messican, spick, etc. We were called so many names that when the word Hispanic appeared it was embraced by many as a way to avoid being identified as Mexican. Mexican started disappearing from the lexicon, it was no longer part of the Mexican American vernacular. Yes, it was humiliating.
Unfortunately, the Chicano Movement fizzled out too soon except for Cesar Chavez. It is the generation after mine that still carries the scars of the discrimination suffered by Mexican Americans in North Texas. Lack of education, incarceration, lack of voting participation are all values that are learned at home. These are the values that are missing in this generation. We Mexican Americans have never demanded reparations nor apologies for the manner in which we were discriminated against in Fort Worth. We clicked our heels and marched on like good soldiers. Last night you witnessed a new kind of march.
Mexican Americans have never before demonstrated with the passion of the No SB4 protestors August 1, 2017. The young people were truly professionals in the manner in which they organized and led the protest. Many kudos to them. The issue now is should Fort Worth join the lawsuit against SB4. I have read comments by council members against joining. The most pervasive comment is that it is a law that should be obeyed. So were the laws cited above. Paying for the lawsuit. The old saying, is “where there is a will there is a way.”
As members of the city council you are not only politicians, you are also leaders. The talk that it is okay to throw a few Hispanics under the train is unacceptable. Leaders find solutions, they don’t create more problems. From my personal experience in the military, leaders are not afraid to make decisions that will be unpopular to some. That is why they are called leaders.
There is a lot of community support for joining to fight SB4. I believe the wise course of action is for the city to join that fight. It is time to abandon the Fort Worth Way and forge a new future which embraces the diversity of Fort Worth.
MPA, CMSgt, USAF (Ret)