The Texas State Board of Education preliminarily voted 14-0 today to reject a Mexican-American history textbook that scholars have said was riddled with inaccuracies. A final vote on the textbook is due Friday. 

Ryan Poppe

State Board of Education members on Tuesday heard public comment about a controversial textbook meant for the Mexican-American Studies course in Texas schools.  It’s being called a racist text filled with over 141 factual errors and where depictions of Mexicans range from lazy to drunkards.

Texas Education Agency

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is asking the Texas Board of Education to reject a controversial textbook as a newly released report called the content “flatly incorrect and offensive on many occasions.”

From Texas Standard:

In Texas education, there always plenty of fodder still out there to spark outrage. Take a proposed social studies textbook titled “Mexican-American Heritage”submitted to the Texas Education Agency as required for review before appearing on bookshelves in the classroom.

Tony Diaz, an activist based in Houston and host of Nuestra Palabra on KPFT, says this book is the opposite of what activists and scholars, who have campaigned for more visibility of Latino stories in history, wanted to include in the Texas curriculum – in part because of its racist undertones.