Once again we suffer the cost of an ignoramus with a gun putting the most lame, most ironic, false recollection of the past in place of the truth. And he appears to follow, like so many brainwashed lemmings before him, the script promoted by some of the most vile fearmongering conservative elites against good conscience and good history.
According to the New York Times and other reputable sources, the nut wrote a screed blaming his murders on a “Hispanic invasion of Texas.”
Look, there was a time, before Texas, when the land now populated by Texans was populated by Mexicans. Because it was part of Mexico.
The US took most of its southwest by force, in a war from 1846-1848. The war that we in the US so congenially call the “Mexican-American War” is called in Mexico, far more accurately, the “United States Intervention in Mexico.” It followed years of manipulation by American commercial elites and politicians. Those in power, led by James Polk, pushed American farmers and ranchers into emigrating into northern Mexico for the purpose of bringing about a demographic shift, a political contest, and then a war. Mexico, a new country with limited resources, could not hope to win.
Considering the facts of the matter, you should not be surprised to learn that it is with good reason that Mexicans hold in suspicion a certain class of American politician and those who follow the blowhards into fear, hatred, and aggression. To reinforce their suspicions, Mexicans have developed their own legends. Here’s one: The last battle in the war was fought in September 1847 at the walled fortress of Chapultepec, in Mexico City, where it is said, the last holdouts, a small group of young cadets who survived after all the men had died, wrapped themselves in the Mexican flag and threw themselves over the ramparts. These are the “Niños Heroes” the boy heroes.