César Chávez (March 31, 1927 – April 23, 1993)
From Mariela Rosario
Gail Lowe, a staunch Republican and right-wing ideologue, hired a panel of “experts” to review the curriculum after being appointed last summer by Gov. Rick Perry to chair the Texas State Board of Education. One of them suggested removing Cesar Chavez, arguably the most important Latino civil rights leader of the 20th century, from the social studies books, stating that Chavez, “lacks the stature, impact and overall contributions of so many others” and that he should not be “held up to our children as someone worthy of emulation.”
Lowe’s review was sparked by complaints by Board members and their appointees about an “over representation of minorities” in the current social studies curriculum. The whole situation is hysterically ironic given the fact that the majority of children in the public school system in the state of Texas are Latino. But apparently, for the Texas school board, Chavez and the one other Latina currently mentioned—Irma Rangel, the first Hispanic woman elected to the state Legislature—are just too much.