JUST WHOSE CONTINENT IS IT ANYWAY?
Recently, we came across a 1998 Newsweek copyrighted map that refers to the United States and Canada as "Anglo America" and all points south as "Latin America and the Caribbean." On this world migration map, as one person noted, America is the only continent that has demographics mixed with geography.
from the Newsweek Educational Program said that the map is used in high
schools nationwide, but as of yet those designations have not been explained.
Virginia Harris, Santa Rosa,
Calif.: "This is one more way to pretend that the U.S.A is not
only all white, i.e. Anglo, but North America is all U.S.A."Many
were horrified at the map's educational design: Carrie Medina de Espina,
Portland, Ore. wrote: "If I were to walk into my child's classroom
and see such an overt racist theology hanging on the classroom wall,
I would be compelled to remove it and permanently destroy this hate-teaching
From Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio professor Linda Payne-Button said: "I reject and am horrified that my daughter and all children of color could potentially be exposed to this map." Councilman Steven Vargas, City of Brea, Calif., added: "The map should be returned to the back shelf from whence it came so that no one in this generation is led astray from its misguided geography." Carol Young of Garden City, Kansas was miffed: "I'm puzzled about this mixture of geographic and demographic terminology," suggesting it would do "immense damage" to the field of geography and to students.
Chriselda Pacheco of San
Antonio, commenting on the "pilgrim map," characterized it
as: "Manifest Destiny -- and re-colonialization in the new millennium
-- annihilating us once again. Steve Valdivia of Albuquerque simply
called it "another psychological drive-by." Elizabeth Lopez
of Banning High School in California made the astute observation of
linking racial identity with this map designation: "Now when kids
(of Mexican, Central & South American heritage) look at this map,
they will think to themselves that since they live in the U.S., they
too must be Anglo." (Census burrocrats must own one of these maps).
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