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Houston Chronicle: 'Looking at both sides of the San Jacinto story rewrites Texas history' (see below)

The Comical's resident illegal alien cheerleader at it again. Texas is rewriting its history for the new Hispanic majority. He takes pot shots at VCT (unnamed) for 'scouring' news articles for quotes by Aztlan-ers, made in jest, regarding their agenda. Also pulls out his 'conservative' name-calling. My family will be voting with our feet as soon as my husband retires. I left Calif., and we'll leave Texas, too.

Compare this article to that of Terry Sutherland's "Lone Star Setting?"

April 21, 2002, 12:14AM

Looking at both sides of the San Jacinto story rewrites Texas history

Houston Chronicle

Excerpt.... click headline to read entire article

...Mexicans sometimes joke that what is happening now in Texas and the rest of the Southwest is the opposite of what happened in the 1820s. The people are streaming in from Mexico, they are Catholic, they speak Spanish, and they are taking over.

Some conservative Americans do not find these jokes funny. Anti-immigrant activists continually search the Web and scour news sources, looking for statements that they see as confirming a plot on the part of the Mexicans to "reconquer" the Southwest.

The conservatives found a quote from the Mexican consul general in Los Angeles, Jose Angel Pescador Osuna, who said in 1998: "Even though I am saying this part serious and part joking, I think we are practicing the Reconquista in California."

They found a quote from renowned Mexican novelist Elena Poniatowska, who noted last year: "The poor people, the lice-ridden, the cockroaches are advancing on the United States, a country that wants to speak Spanish because there are 33.5 million Hispanics imposing their culture." She noted that Mexico is now regaining, through "migratory tactics," the territory it lost to the United States.

Others look at Mexican migration as something less alarming, noting that the immigrants are eager to adapt to their new land.

"I'm encouraged by what I see," says Miller. In the 1820s, the Anglo-Americans "came here because they wanted freedom, they wanted to pursue a better life. And that's the same reason people come here today."

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