Target: Alisal Union School District Superintended John Ramirez Jr.
Goal: Show support for naming California school after Mexican hero Tiburcio Vasquez
Recently, a school board in Salinas, California announced a new elementary school to be named after Tiburcio Vasquez, an old West outlaw who has been hailed as a hero by Mexican-Americans. Vasquez fought against settlers in 1800s California in order to preserve the culture of the existing Mexican community. Although critics oppose the name because Vasquez was considered an outlaw, this is a step forward for cultural pride in the area. Vasquez is considered a hero by Mexican-Americans.
Vasquez lived in California during the Gold Rush. While he did commit crimes, he did so because of the oppression Mexican Californios faced at the time. Their land was taken by white settlers, and some were lynched. Vasquez’s actions made him a folk hero because he was fighting discrimination against his race. Although he was convicted for his crimes, historians say he may not have been treated fairly. The reasons for his actions in the face of racial discrimination are what made him a hero.
Critics of the school’s name claim that the district is honoring criminals. However, Vasquez’s history proves him to be an important figure to Mexican-Americans. As the school district is two-thirds Latino, adopting his name will be a step forward to recognize the students’ culture. According to the school district superintendent John Ramirez Jr., the name will be a symbol of both cultural pride and overcoming discrimination. For these reasons, the naming of the school should be commended.
Dear Mr. Ramirez,
Recently, the Alisal Union school district chose to name a new elementary school after Tiburcio Vasquez. The history of Vasquez is important to Mexican-Americans, as he is a folk hero for his actions against racial discrimination in the 1800s. Although he was convicted for committing crimes against the white settlers of the time, Vasquez was not treated fairly because of his race. He was an important figure to Mexican Californios and is still important to Mexican-Americans.
I applaud you for naming the school after Vasquez. He is an important figure to the Mexican-American community, and choosing to honor him is a step forward for cultural pride. In an area with mostly Latino students, it is vital to understand and represent their culture. Naming the school after Vasquez is a symbol of cultural pride and overcoming discrimination, and I applaud you for this choice.
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