Memo to a Founder of La Raza Unida: Defenders of the Alamo were not drunks and crooks

Were the defenders of the Alamo ‘“a bunch of drunks and crooks and slaveholding imperialists who conquered land that didn’t belong to them”?
 
Well, the mother of Democrat twin politicians Julian and Joaquin Castro thinks so, as reported by FoxNews.com on September 05, 2012.
In a sense, there are a few similarities between the Texas Revolution and the Great Civil War, in that family members fought on opposing sides. Take, for instance, José Gregorio Esparza, also known as Gregorio Esparza, the last Texan defender to enter the Alamo before the Mexican siege began.
 
I quote from Traces of Texas:
 
“José Gregorio Esparza, also known as Gregorio Esparza, was the last Texan defender to enter the Alamo before the Mexican siege began and his was the only Texian body that was not burned in the pyres in the aftermath of the Mexican victory. After the battle, one of the Mexican soldiers, Francisco Esparza, began searching for the body of his brother, Jose Gregorio, who had fought on the side of the Texians. When he found his brother’s body, Francisco and his widowed sister-in-law went to Santa Anna and begged permission to give Jose Gregorio a proper Christian burial. Permission was granted, and Jose Gregorio was buried in the Campo Santo cemetery in San Antonio. Incidentally, Jose Gregorio brought his family along with him when he entered the Alamo compound. They were able to survive the battle and were not executed by the conquering army.”
 
Tejanos who fought for Texas independence from the tyrannical Mexican government include such luminaries as Jose Antonio Navarro, Juan Seguín, Juan Abamillo, José María Arocha, Simon Arreola, Anselmo Bergara, Cesario Carmona, Antonio Cruz y Arocha, Matias Curvier, Alexandro De la Garza, Manuel N. Flores, Salvador Flores, Antonio Fuentes, Ignacio Gurrea, Brigido Guerrero, Damacio Jiménez, Toribio Losoya, Antonio Menchaca, Andrés Nava, Ambrosio Rodriguez, Guadalupe Rodriquez, Silvero, and Vicente Zepeda. All but a few of these Tejanos listed perished at the Alamo.
 
Did new Anglo immigrants enter Texas and take over cities and lands from Tejanos? Yes, but those misdeeds must not negate the valiant Tejanos who fought and died right along with Davy Crocket and Willam Travis. Our Tejano brethren were not drunks and crooks. They were men who cherished freedom from tyranny and were willing to take a stand against it for the sake of their families, their friends and their neighbors.
 
The defenders of the Alamo were selfless heroes to whom we Texans today owe our gratitude and respect.
 
Que Dios bendiga a Texas.
 
John White
Rockwall, Texas

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