To refer to Mexican-Americans as Americans of Mexican descent is reductive and dismissive. The State Board of Education’s vote renamed an entire ethnic group and a long-standing academic field of study in a way designed to reject Mexican-American identity.
Our indigenous, Spanish, Mexican and Texan histories form important aspects of our culture and must be acknowledged and studied. Our place in Texas and our uniquely Texan and Tejano character requires nothing less than Mexican American Studies standards. The State Board of Education shouldn't bury all of that in a general Latino Studies curriculum.