Monday, October 10, 2016













BISD REACHES NEW LOW IN ITS BIGOTRY AND IGNORANCE 

 I first learned of this story last week from educators with 30-40 years of BISD employment who claim they cannot remember BISD ever giving the children off for Columbus day.  With no dissent from any historian who has reviewed the facts, Columbus was a butcher who today would be tried for war crimes against the indigenous people of the Americas.  Dr. King who died fighting for human rights remains without a BISD holiday, while the butcher Columbus gets one.

This is just further evidence why all incumbents must be voted out of office.  They do not even try and hide their bigotry and ignorance.

THE REALITY IN THE US CONCERNING COLUMBUS DAY

"Since Columbus Day 2015 at least 14 communities in the United States have passed measures designating the second Monday in October Indigenous Peoples Day."

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Not only will Brownsville ISD not recognize Indigenous Peoples Day,"  they choose to celebrate the butcher of the indigenous people while refusing to recognize the contributions to civil rights Dr. King died for.  On the issue of Dr. King's birthday I would be happy to just have National Civil Rights leaders day.  Cesar Chavez was just as important to the freedoms won during this period as Dr. King, along with so many others who died fighting for those freedoms.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

The answer to your comment is very simple. The people know what Columbus accomplished and what he did. Do people really care? No! The man is dead and it does not make a difference to a dead person. It is just a break to those who do not work on this day. We could have a Bobby Wightman's Day and the people would feel the same. Another holiday in which there is no work.

BobbyWC said...

Because you are right in everything you say, I cannot dispute that the people just see holidays as an excuse not not work. But that does not change the BISD decision to make it a Holiday

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

Yet my family that is from up North never understood why we never celebrated this day...but have "Charro Days" off.
Interesting how different parts of the country feel about this day.

BobbyWC said...

Columbus day is generally not celebrated in Mexico. While in some parts it is celebrate it is more commonly known as the day of La Raza

Bobby Wc

Anonymous said...

You are not correct BISD had Columbus Day off for several year. During that same time they also had MLK day off. There were several years that there was a day off a month. September a Labor Day October Columbus Day November Thanksgiving 2days December 8-10 school days Januart MLK February Charro March Spring Break April Easter and May Memorial. This might have been before Eddie Lucio Jr passed the law about the stArt of the school year. In those days teachers started about August 11 or 12. Also administration suggests several calendars to the DEIC committee they choose 2-3 to put to a vote of the teachers. The teachers only look at how many longer vacations they can have.

BobbyWC said...

I did check the calendar for several years back to see if the change is something new. I just called one of my sources and they are adamant that they cannot remember having Columbus day off. But then old people can have memory problems. Also by making today a Holiday it gave the candidates an extra day to file their campaign finance reports. They also had Friday off.

It does not matter who within BISD is making the decision, it shows bad judgment

bobby WC

Anonymous said...

"It does not matter who within BISD is making the decision, it shows bad judgment"

It used to be that during the Thanksgiving Holidays the district would allow for Thursday and Friday to be days off during the district contract calendar. That has changed, now the district takes off the whole week for Thanksgiving. A decision well like by school employees and one that takes away from the ability to celebrate and honor MLK or Cesar Chavez due to fact that the contract calls for so many days of employment during a school year. Bottom line, the thinking is if I can take more days during a holiday like Thanksgiving who cares about celebrating Columbus, MLK, or Cesar Chavez day. More time with the family is more important. Therefore, the decision on what is important is greater than listening to somebody comment about "bad judgment" which is given to them by the laws of this country. The very same laws that individuals like MLK and Cesar Chavez fought for.

Anonymous said...

Mr. BWC I agree with your opinion on having Columbus day as a holiday. I remember some years ago, the Thanksgiving Holiday was only 1/2 day on Wednesday, All day Thursday (Thanksgiving) and all day Friday. Then, I remember watching on tv a school board meeting where MINERVA PENA was talking. She said that teachers had approached her and said they needed more time to take off to visit their relatives up north so when they did the new calendar they gave the whole week off. Since that meeting, BISD has given the whole week off. This year they gave Columbus day, if we check the Spring semester and compare it to the Spring 2015, we can see if any days were cut or the end of the school year extended. It used to be 185 INSTRUCTIONAL days accomodated within the extension of the academic school year. Another thing I've noticed is that the charter schools have accomodated their holidays to be the same as BISD and TSC/UTRGV, except the starting dates of the school year since most charters start one to two weeks BEFORE the students at BISD and teachers actually start earlier.
Most, not all, young teachers are in the profession for the holidays and time off, not for the students. They don't see that they have the power to work with young minds, they don't see the young people as the future of Brownsville.

BobbyWC said...

My right to yell vulgarities at someone does not mean good judgment - I think you proved my point.

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

Note to self: Do NOT vote for Peña. Seriously I like my kids at school. Stop making so many excuses to get vacation time. Kids need to learn and I need a break.