Forget the Alamo

| June 13, 2021

The folks over at Vanity Fair, known as experts in geopolitical military history I assume (having never read the fish wrapper myself), have a story about how everything we and Texans know of the Battle of the Alamo is wrong. You see, they say [emphasis original] “DAVY CROCKETT SURRENDERED?! JIM BOWIE, A SLAVE TRADER?! SAM HOUSTON, A COKE ADDICT?!”

From Vanity Fair;

[Alamo] Revisionists tend to think the entire Texas Revolt was a bit more about protecting slavery from Mexico’s abolitionist government than it was about opposing Santa Anna’s supposed tyranny. In the oral traditions of the Mexican American community, in fact, mothers and fathers, for decades, have passed down their view that the Alamo was a symbol of Anglo oppression. Indeed, to scores of Tejanos interviewed by the authors, white racism toward the Latino “other” was hard-wired into to Alamo narrative. As San Antonio art historian Ruben Cordova puts it, “Davy Crockett’s [death], it’s sort of like a Chicano version of the Jewish Christ killers. If you’re looking at the Alamo as a kind of state religion, this is the original sin. We killed Davy Crockett.”

The article frequently laments “Anglo oppression” as so;

struggle to overcome centuries of Anglo oppression and discrimination

history of Anglo oppression

Anglos created myths that, he argued, served only to justify violence, imperialism, and the subjugation of Mexican Americans

It’s worth pointing out that at no point in world history was Mexico ever a British (i.e. Anglo) territory. The closest you’ll get is Honduras and Belize. The Europeans who “oppressed” native Mexicans would have been Spaniards. The Spanish conquered and colonized Mexico just a few decades after Columbus first sailed to the West Indies.

The whole article is as well thought out as you’d expect from the deep-thinking Vanity Fair.  The defenders of the Alamo were literally slaughtered by the Mexicans under Santa Anna. Those who are said to have surrendered were summarily executed at his orders. Their memories are now being sullied. I’d say it’s unbelievable if it wasn’t so believable these days. Everything is a monument to slavery when you’re wearing social justice colored glasses.

Category: "Teh Stoopid", "Truth or fiction?", Dumbass Bullshit, Historical, Media

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  1. Animal says:

    They’d probably do well to stay out of Texas for the rest of their lives.

  2. SFC D says:

    I’m sure that Vanity Fair will be disappearing from sales shelves all across The Republic of Texas. And not due to sales. One just does not desecrate the Alamo. Ask Ozzy.

    • Hate_me says:

      Honest question. Had he not been wearing a dress, would anyone have cared?

    • chooee lee says:

      You do know that he went back, right? “This is my first time here, not his,” Jack Osbourne joked to Stephen L. Hardin, the Osbournes’ tour guide for the Alamo visit, the San Antonio Express-News reports. The Alamo tour was set up in secret as part of Jack Osbourne’s upcoming History Channel travelogue series. However, word soon spread that the Black Sabbath singer was heading back to the Texas shrine that he accidentally urinated on three decades prior, an incident that resulted in him seeking treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. Dozens gathered to watch the rocker return to the scene of the infamous crime.

      • Nexus says:

        At the time I was horribly pissed (pls excuse the pun) that Ozzy had dared sully the Alamo. As I got older his mistake actually made some sense…he was staying at the Mecure (directly next to the side of The Alamo) and the dividing wall looks like that of a wearhouse. Its only the front of the Alamo that is notable.

  3. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    What’s next, are they going to claim that Santa Anna was a great crusader for LGBTQWERTYUIOP rights as well?

  4. KoB says:

    Can’t believe I read the whole thing. “The better to know thy enemy”. Good thing it was my 1 free article Real shame I won’t get to read another. /s/

    Y’all remember when I commented a good while back that the destruction and revision of American History wasn’t going to stop with “All Things Confederate”? Betcha that Pepperidge Farms remembers. Here’s another example. Seems as if the only statuary that is safe in this Country is the one of Lenin. Maybe someone should get up a re-enforced squad of Deplorables to go take it out?

    These people just royally piss me off, you know? Flag flying over the Alamo? The Mexican Flag with 1824 printed on it, indicating the 1824 Constitution that Santy Anny was violating. Jim Bowie? Married into the most prominent Family in Tejas. Stephen Austin? A political prisoner for 2 years. Sam Houston? “Raven” One of the best friends of Native Persons…EVAH…and opposed the ceceeding of Texas from the Union in 1861. David Crockett? Run out of Washington DC because he WASN’T a political gadfly. Juan Seguin? Half of his men died at their posts during the final assault of The Alamo, the rest fought with distinction along side Houston’s men at San Jacinto. William “Buck” Travis? If he hadn’t of died there, VD woulda got him soon. The list goes on. Texas has always welcomed immigrants that wanted to become TEXANS. Just ask the descendants of the Germans and other Europeans, including Jews, that were welcomed and established thriving communities. And yes, the John Wayne production was so full of historical inaccuracies as to be laughable.

    Full disclosure. I had kin folks on both the maternal and paternal side that was in that fight. One that died at his post, on the wall, and another that was sent out as a courier when Santy Annie FIRST (ht 2 Roh-Dog) showed up. I noticed there was no mention of Santy Annie’s slaughter of the troops at Goliad, many of them of Hispanic Blood. The Rosters of the troops at any of the early battles for Texas Independence are readily and easily found on the inherwebz. Maybe Vanity Fair needs to do a Google Foo on that subject and see just how many Hispanic names are listed?

    What say you Graybeard? David? Thunderstixx?

    • The Other Whitey says:

      Dontcha know that history is racist? It needs to be constantly fixed by the Ministry of Truth! We have always been at war with Eastasia!

    • CplMajorMike says:

      You’re right about becoming Texans, I have a neighbor who’s parents and grandparents fought along side the CIA in Laos during the Vietnam War years, they were lucky enough to get out at the very end and they all know just how great they have it. At least cousin or uncle in Texas and he is a hard corps Texan getting ready to retire and his retirement dream is to buy a “ranch” of his own, he’s a Laotian Cowboy.

  5. Poetrooper says:

    Mason, in the Southwest, particularly Texas, “Anglo” is an Hispanic term for white persons of any nationality, not just English.

    • Slow Joe says:

      Yes, but not including white Hispanics ( i.e. Spanish speakers of European descent).

      Funny how they call “anglo” a Polish or any other eastern European immigrant barely off the plane that speaks English with a heavy foreign accent.

      I think Hispanics are as raciss as any other group, dividing people mentally into “us” and “them” by appearances and cultural perception, despite Hispanics including all kinds of genetic makeups, from black Caribbeans to European immigrants from WW2.

  6. SgtBob says:

    What is almost forgotten from those days is, that from its independence from Spain, Mexico was in almost continuous fights between centrists and federalists. Santa Ann was a centrist, a true believer in government by a few over many. He learned to kill them all in his early days as a junior officer, when taking cities in revolt against the Mexico City government. The Texas Revolution was part of those political fights. Besides, what kind of government do you have when to lose one battle (San Jacinto) loses you the whole war?

  7. The Other Whitey says:

    They probably tout Mexico’s official abolition of slavery as proof of unassailable moral superiority while skipping the part where most Mexican slave owners just ignored it and kept on doing what they did for decades more. They probably also completely ignore Mexico’s numerous wars with various Indian tribes, some of which are still simmering to this day.

  8. USAFRetired says:

    Instead of Hollywood getting their knowledge of something from Hollywood product perhaps they could read some peer reviewed books.

  9. Andy says:

    Researched and written by 3 supposed Texans. We will call them shit stains for now. What they probably didn’t research is that history is written by the victors. So, are they calling the Mexicans liars or is there a Paul Harvey rest of the story out there?

  10. Mustang Major says:

    Very good detail on the origins of Texas:

    Lone Star Nation: How a Ragged Army of Courageous Volunteers Won the Battle for Texas Independence

    By: H.W. Brands

  11. Forest Bondurant says:

    “The Europeans who ‘oppressed’ native Mexicans would have been Spaniards.”

    Like George Zimmerman, the Spaniards were “white” Spaniards.

    //sarc off//