AUSTIN, Texas — As the Texas State Board of Education holds a hearing on a controversial Mexican-American history textbook Tuesday, protesters will be outside the building calling on the board to reject the text.
Last week, an advisory committee appointed by SBOE member Ruben Cortez found the book, titled "Mexican-American Heritage," to be flawed beyond repair.
Emilio Zamora, a history professor at the University of Texas and member of the committee of scholars, said the committee found hundreds of factual errors in the text. Zamora also deemed passages in the text offensive to Mexican-Americans.
"They speak in disparaging terms about Mexican-Americans," Zamora said.
"They call them lazy, and they call them threats, cultural and political threats to American society."
The book's publishing company, which is headed by a former SBOE member, said the book has no hidden agenda and “there is no objective to be in anyway negative.”
The SBOE is expected to decide whether to approve or reject the textbook in November.
Tuesday's hearing begins at 10 a.m. at the Travis State Office Building. Protests will begin around 9:30a.m.