MoonDawg's Den: Offensive history

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Thursday, February 09, 2006

Offensive history

My friend Hoodie has a post today about a controversy raging in Houston over the name of the name of the city's new Major League Soccer franchise, the "Houston 1836". The "1836" refers to the year Houston was founded by brothers Augustus C. and John K. Allen. But it was also the year that Sam Houston's army won independence from Mexico in the Battle of San Jacinto, and this has the Latino PC-police in Houston up in arms.

Somehow even referring to Texas independence in a sports team's name is offensive to Hispanics (although at least they aren't in the streets burning Texas flags and threatening to behead infidel gringos). Why? Are they saying that it's a bad thing that Texas is no longer a Mexican territory?

Speaking as a tejano (someone of Mexican descent born in Texas) myself, I would tell any other tejanos who are offended by Houston 1836 that if they yearn to live under Mexico's rule, the border is just a short 6-hour drive away. Otherwise, cálmate, shut the hell up, and enjoy the soccer.

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