Decolonising the Alamo narrative is long overdue
'The Alamo celebrates the takeover of Texas by the Anglo US'
Following on from the three Texan writers’ book and exhortation to Forget the Alamo (or at least critically appraise the glorious mythmaking that surrounds one of America’s most popular historic sites), here are some photos of the 18th century site.
One of my brothers-in-law, a theologian and a professor, says that after visiting the Alamo, he always took care to head to the San Fernando Cathedral, the Roman Catholic church a short distance away. “The walk is short, the cultural difference immense,” he said. “The Alamo celebrates the takeover of Texas by the Anglo US. The Cathedral is still the heart of Hispanic culture. So two histories so close together: a heroic stand for freedom (Davy Crocket, Jim Bowie, etc) or an invasion of another country heroically thwarted.”