Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Not True: The Voters voted for the Arena (Multipurpose Performing Arts Ctr) to be Downtown


Not True: Voters voted for the Arena Downtown
Alternative Facts: Location of the Arena/MPC was not on the ballot

The City of El Paso continues to perpetrate the lie that the voters voted for a Quality of Life Bond proposition that required the arena/Multipurpose Performing Arts Center to be in Downtown El Paso. 

This is simply not true.

The City is using "Alternative Facts" a la Trump.

In recent City of El Paso panels that it has used in public outreach, it continues to push these alternative facts:

Panel currently being used in outreach by the City of El Paso.

No, the "language of the full bond proposition" DID NOT STATE "the multipurpose center would be 'located in Downtown.'"

A closer look at the actual ballot of the 2012 Quality of Life Bond shows otherwise:

Top of the 2012 Quality of Life Ballot

Actual language on the ballot of the proposition for the arena aka Multipurpose Performing Arts Center did not mention Downtown

For those of you are are unfamiliar with "alternative facts," we are basically saying the City of El Paso is lying.

When the bond came out, we were against them because they are ambitiously worded and mixed items together that should not be together: museum and arenas, cultural heritage center and arena, a new children's museum and arena. 

Everyone wants better museums, museums for kids, cultural heritage centers. 

However, the fraudulent ploy was to mix them with something terribly expensive and a money pit according to many scholars.

The City is simply not telling the truth in their outreach.


Monday, March 13, 2017

All-White Texas Historical Commission Listens to White-Dominated Chamber of Commerce

All-White Texas Historical Commission Listens to White-Dominated Chamber of Commerce
El Paso Greater Chamber of Commence Uses Influence to Deny Historical Designation to Union Plaza / Duranguito

Was it really surprising that an all-White historical commission would reject historical designations to area in of El Paso of great historical significance to people of color in El Paso?

The Texas Historical Commission states it: 

“…works to save the real places that tell the real

stories of Texas. THC staff consults with

citizens and organizations to preserve Texas’

architectural, archaeological and cultural

landmarks. The agency is recognized nationally

for its preservation programs.”

“The THC is composed of 12 citizen members appointed

by the governor to staggered six-year terms. The agency

employs about 175 people who work in various fields,

including archaeology, architecture, history, economic

development, heritage tourism, public administration

and urban planning.”

Source: Website of the Historical Commission.

According to the US Census regarding Texas: 

Hispanic Population is 38.8 percent.

American Indians 1 percent

Asian 4.7

Black, African American 12.5 percent.

So with Asians, Africans Americans, American Indians, and Hispanics, these groups of color make up 57 percent of the population of Texas.

Yet, the twelve-person Texas Historical Commission has no persons of color on it. Now, we are just going by surname and photos posted at

Currently, the website only listed 9 members not twelve.

If we analyzed based on surname, none of the commissioners have Hispanic surname or surname that would be Asian (maybe Nau). In looking at the photos listed on the page above, none of the commissioners look Asian, African American, or Hispanic.

John L. Nau, III

Monica Burdette

Earl Broussard

John Crain

Wallace B. Jefferson

Tom Perini

Gilbert E. Paterson

Robert Shepard

Daisy Sloan White

Although this is not the best indicator of the demographics of the commission, it’s a safe bet to say that no or hardly any commissioners are people of color.

I also scoured the bios connected to each commissioner to look for indication of any memberships in organization associated with people of color. Nothing.

So in a state where almost 60 percent of the State’s population is people of color, none or hardly any of the 9 commissioners are persons of color.

That should be of no surprise as most are appointed by the governor to six year terms. In looking at the anti-people of color politics of our current governor Greg Abbott and our former governor Rick Perry, it’s predictable to say that they would not appoint any people of color to this commission.


It is also interesting to note that at the same website, it lists where these commissioner live. Only one of the nine is from West Texas. None are from the Valley of Texas, another large region of people of color in Texas. None are from San Antonio, another city with a large Hispanic population.

Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce

So why would a letter from the El Paso Chamber of Commerce be so influential. It’s a good bet that the El Paso Chamber of Commerce has not corresponded or corresponded very little with the State Historical Commission in decades.

Looking more local

The Great of Chamber of Commerce is a little more diverse.

Thirty seven of the 109 Governing Board Members has Hispanic surnames and at least one is known to us to be African American. That means for a city that is 81.3 percent Hispanic and 86.7% people of color, the Governing Board of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce only 33 percent of the board is Hispanic.

The Chamber of Commerce Executive Board has a 19 members. Eight members have Hispanic surnames. So in a city with 81.3 percent Hispanics, less than a third of the Chamber Executive Board is Hispanic.

You have to remember, there is a reason why Hispanic chambers of commerce were founded in most cities. It was because of exclusion from the regular chamber of commerce.

Is it surprising?

We must ask ourselves, is it surprising that a State Historical Commission with no people of color and a Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce that only a third of their Governing Board being Hispanic would conspire to reject historical status for places in the Union Plaza district of significance to people of color.

The history of Mexican Americans has been under attack for generations. First our history was not taught at all, and more recently, the Texas Board of Education recommended a racist Mexican American history text book. 

This movement by the Chamber is just another continued action against the culture of people of color, not even the first.


Even taking out the action of the El Paso County Judge, is it real surprising?