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Sun Jul 21, 2019, 12:24 AM

Their ancestors were slain a century ago along the US-Mexico border. They say now is the time to ret

Their ancestors were slain a century ago along the US-Mexico border. They say now is the time to retell the horror
By Rosa Flores, CNN
Video by Lauren Cook, CNN

Updated 1:15 PM ET, Sat July 20, 2019

Hidalgo County, Texas (CNN)From the sedan's back seat, Melba Coody watched as the mesquite-lined flatland of South Texas rushed by. About a century ago, she explained, her family owned all this property, as far as the eye could see.

Christine Molis, her hands on the wheel, knew that already, of course. It was a critical detail of the story her 76-year-old mother was about to retell, the story of what happened in this place -- the single event that, in their view, altered their family's destiny.

The narrative had always been there, in relatives' musings about what might have become of the family's wealth and influence if not for the killings so long ago of hundreds of Mexican-Americans by members of the vaunted Texas Rangers who took justice into their own hands.

The saga -- known as La Matanza, or The Massacre -- had recently crept onto the public stage with a push for historical markers acknowledging the slayings, along with the era's anti-Mexican rhetoric and unequal treatment of Americans of Mexican descent in the border region.

More:
https://us.cnn.com/2019/07/20/us/texas-massacre-descendants-border-immigration/index.html

Editorials and other articles:
https://www.democraticunderground.com/1016236009

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Sun Jul 21, 2019, 12:56 AM

1. Gut-wrenching article. Thanks for posting. (I am still trying to process what I read.)

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Sun Jul 21, 2019, 09:19 AM

2. Therangers were origionaly recruited from prisons. They may have changed ...

but they still are a law unto themselves.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Jul 21, 2019, 01:30 PM

3. Big K&R

Stunning, horrible racism. It threads thru the history of this country.



Folks, read the CNN article.
Thanks for posting it here, Judi Lynn.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Jul 21, 2019, 04:08 PM

4. My family lost half their land

They had land on both sides of the Rio Grande. They settled there in the 1600's.

None of that mattered to these fuckers.

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