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Tue Jan 8, 2019, 09:36 PM

I am an historian of Mexico.

I just cried through Dolt45ís awful speech.
I can even begin to discount the lies, because I just donít have the energy. What I do know is that some- many perhaps- of my students will get up tomorrow and come to class full of hate and rage. They did last semester, when ďthat commie prof teaches with a liberal bias,Ē or ďthat bitch should go back to Mexico if she thinks itís so great.Ē Taking my classes is a sick way of proving their point about Mexico and Latin America.
Iíve spent my career studying and teaching about Mexico. What the hell for? So this motherfucker can undo all the work of dedicated professionals?
I give up.

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Reply I am an historian of Mexico. (Original post)
a la izquierda Jan 8 OP
dhill926 Jan 8 #1
UniteFightBack Jan 8 #2
UTUSN Jan 8 #3
a la izquierda Jan 8 #4
UTUSN Jan 8 #6
unblock Jan 8 #5
bluecollar2 Jan 8 #7
a la izquierda Jan 9 #8
bluecollar2 Jan 9 #10
Hortensis Jan 9 #9
a la izquierda Jan 9 #12
scarytomcat Jan 9 #11
jcgoldie Jan 9 #13
Blue_Tires Jan 9 #14
Solly Mack Jan 9 #15
a la izquierda Jan 9 #16

Response to a la izquierda (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2019, 09:39 PM

1. it has to be tough...

but please don't give up. We will outlast the piece of shit. But it will take time....and thanks for all you do.

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Response to a la izquierda (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2019, 09:41 PM

2. I'm sorry to say that is sounds like some of your students won't learn a damn thing...as such

is the human condition. I promise you that you have touched peoples lives, that is what good teachers do.

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Response to a la izquierda (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2019, 09:47 PM

3. You. will *NOT* give up!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Response to UTUSN (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 8, 2019, 09:49 PM

4. Well at least not until May.

Then Iím on sabbatical and Iím going to find a nice quiet hamlet in the Netherlands to finish my book and find some peace.
Iím just completely burned out from teaching Latin America in the age of the Deplorables.

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Response to a la izquierda (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 8, 2019, 09:51 PM

6. Come visit. Or Dutch sounds good to me!

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Response to a la izquierda (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2019, 09:50 PM

5. my high school spanish teacher instilled me with great love and respect for mexico

my parents took us once on a vacation to cozumel, mexico, back in 1981. quite coincidentally, it turned out my high school spanish teacher was vacationing there as well. got us away from the touristy areas, into a small bungalow run by a retired mexican politician. he took us to so many great local restaurants and other site, and we actually spoke in spanish to people who didn't know english, instead of staying in the american hotels and eating to the people who cater to english-speaking tourists.

he taught me love of the language and all spanish-speaking cultures.

since then i've been to mexico 6 more times (cozumel again, monterrey 4 times, and mexico d.f.) and spain (barcelona) once and loved every visit.


it's not at all a waste.

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Response to a la izquierda (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2019, 09:58 PM

7. El pueblo unido...

Jamas sera vencido...

Y

Hasta la victoria siempre...

👍

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Response to bluecollar2 (Reply #7)

Wed Jan 9, 2019, 08:49 AM

8. Indeed.

Iím kind of happy Iím not teaching History of mexico this semester, Iím just teaching about indigenous peoples...which has its own set frustrations (students using ďsavagesĒ as a term and discussing how great evangelization was.

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Response to a la izquierda (Reply #8)

Wed Jan 9, 2019, 09:26 AM

10. You're doing important work.

You may not get through to all of them but each one you educate is a key to the future.

Don't despair.

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Response to a la izquierda (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2019, 09:01 AM

9. You are on the front lines of the culture wars, of course.

I hope you're able to stay, get over this hump and somehow toughen up yet more.

A friend did give up teaching social sciences at the college level here in the deep south. Many of our kids are raised to understand that all truth is in the Bible, libraries full of lies, but they come of course for that passport to the middle class. Since they know classes are major hunting grounds for Satan, every time our friend said something that conflicted with what they already believed he knew yet another mind had just identified him as on the side of evil and slammed shut against everything he was supposed to be teaching.

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Response to Hortensis (Reply #9)

Wed Jan 9, 2019, 10:24 AM

12. I know this too well.

I teach in the pseudo-South. I teach my students the same stuff I would if I was in the Northeast. Many love it but others probably think Iím ďof the devil,Ē as they say.

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Response to a la izquierda (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2019, 09:48 AM

11. all you can do is tell the truth

most of your students will believe you if you are sincere

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Response to a la izquierda (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2019, 10:29 AM

13. °Muchas gracias por todo!

Estas peleando la buena pelea.

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Response to a la izquierda (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2019, 10:34 AM

14. ttt

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Wed Jan 9, 2019, 11:16 AM

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Response to a la izquierda (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2019, 01:57 PM

16. Thanks for the positive energy everyone.

It means a lot

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