I wanted to take a moment to think and reflect. After taking the time to read the book: “EL NORTE, The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America” (Gibson 2019), and the intensive study and note taking, I continue to remain in reflection and in awe of this vast contribution, the depth of Carrie Gibson’s research. I immensely appreciate and praise her efforts. Even as I have written in a type of conclusive blog post earlier, it doesn’t mean that the learning has ended, but what I love to say is what has the process of learning done? What has the learning achieved? This is what I thought about the other day, as I was romanticizing the idea of My Spanish Pioneer. The ones who took the risks for and during the historical Americas exploration.

We can connect with present day events as leaders of states are leading and paving the way to create meaningful shifts within politic formation, and to defy what is enforced or deemed as right at the macro-Government level.

To exemplify we can think about the Great State of Florida where Governor Ron DeSantis, the First Lady of Florida, Casey DeSantis, educational leaders and parents who oppose critical race theory (CRT) within their school systems. I actually agree with this and believe that at the heart of education we must promote the good relations of “races.” The teaching of CRT can also be thought of as creating divisions, thus again to feed the cause of socio/political organizations such as Black Lives Matter (BLM). Those within this sector will also know that teaching such subject matter requires careful grade selection.

I admire you for taking this leap and step, thus; My Spanish Pioneer. Hence; the word pioneer: within my writing it is understood as the ones who take risk and take leaps into uncharted territory. And of course exciting to see research into practice and the practical elements of research! Thank You!

Related Blog Post | I AM YOUR HERITAGE.

Further Reading:

Reference: Gibson, C. (2019). EL NORTE The Epic and Forgotten History of Hispanic North America. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press.

Notes: These thoughts were originally hand-written on December 20-21st.

With Love & Kindness! 💗

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