LatinaLista — Last week, the Senate cleared the way for a serious study to be conducted on whether or not a national museum dedicated to the American Latino should be built.
The museum would be dedicated to the art, culture and history of U.S. Latinos.
When Ramon Del Castillo, chair of the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department at Metropolitan State College of Denver, heard about the Senate ratifying the bill to explore the development of the museum, he said, “It’s about time. The Latino has been left out of American history.”
Arizona Rep. Russell Pearce
Yet to Arizona legislator Rep. Russell Pearce, such a museum would be anti-American. He’s already declared that college student groups that are based on race are anti-American and he’s trying to pass a measure in the state legislature that would forbid such groups from operating on campus.
In other words, no more black, Asian or Hispanic fraternities or sororities or business associations, etc.
He thinks such groups “denigrate American values.”
How little does he realize that such student groups, as well as the museum, promote American ideals, provide emotional support and instill aspirational hope among groups that are often disenfranchised from the mainstream.
Rep. Pearce doesn’t seem to have the good intention of preserving American values, as much as, he seems to have the intention of suppressing ethnic pride.
Millions of families across the country have proven that we can have both and are still good Americans.