Sunday, January 13, 2013

No Vasquez

A California school district is planning on naming a school after Tiburcio Vasquez.  In the 1800's he was a self-styled civil rights activist for Hispanics.  He was also a robber, and murderer.  He is in no way a fit role model for children.  There are Americans of Hispanic decent who are serving with distinction in the US military in Afghanistan.  They are winning medals and fighting our enemies.

The school district does not have to select a murderer and robber to find someone from California who is of Hispanic heritage who is an example to the people of our state.  There were at least three police officers of Hispanic heritage killed in the line of duty in California in the last three years alone.  Their brave sacrifice certainly is worthy of having a school named after them.

There are hundreds of thousands, if not millions of Hispanic Californians who are serving their communities as doctors, nurses, paramedics, fire fighters, and other respectable professions. There is not reason to select this killer, this robber, this evil man who masqueraded his crimes as civil rights resistance.  It was not, it was evil; that's the view from the Hysterical Right Wing.

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