May 25th, 2010
Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD),
I recently watched the videos of a teacher reported to be from your school district’s Santee High School, Mr. Gochez. As I’m sure you are aware, in these videos he calls for all forty million Latin-American immigrants - and descendants thereof - in the United States to rise-up and support a revolution against a system that has supported ‘capitalism and imperialism.’ In one of the videos he claims that he is not a racist and is not lodging threats against the American government. However, not only does he sound racist, he seems quite scary and his seeming indifference as to whether any impending/on-going ‘revolution’ by immigrants would be violent - or not - seems to threaten many. As the man is a self-professed socialist with obvious communistic leanings, I was just wondering, is this individual still influencing young minds at the expense of our tax-dollars in your schools? As a professed socialist with his communist leanings, is it really appropriate to be having this individual teaching world history to the youth of our nation?
LAUSD, I’m curious, do you also support his views and do you have many teachers of similar thought in your District? As this seemingly racist and potentially violent and communistic individual, Mr. Gochez, was quite proud of a former student echoing his thoughts for a Hispanic/Latino revolution in the YouTube video (though the student was not heard), and if his claims are true that no parents in his school region have complained of his views, should the rest of the nation be anticipating more potentially-violent communist revolutionaries to come from your school system? With his and his former student’s cries for a revolution, such seems to allude to some futuristic science-fiction movie whereby future civil-war conflicts will be based in your city. I mean…, if he were teaching a college course professing the blessings of Marxist Communism or hard-core socialism, well…whatever. But we are talking high school students here, right? Most of the kids in high school really know no better than what they are told. And, contrary to Mr. Gochez’s claim during the Fox News interview, he is surely influencing the young minds of his high school with his misguided views.
LAUSD, please let me know your thoughts on this matter and whether this teacher’s views are generally shared by your school system and being supported by our tax-dollars, if you would be so kind.
L.A. Teacher Calls for Mexican Revolt in the U.S. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGqPo5ofk0s
Web Exclusive: Defending Revolution Against 'Racist White People', May 16th, 2010. http://video.foxnews.com/v/4198370/web-exclusive-defending-revolution-against-racist-white-people
PS. For whatever such is worth: While I may be in agreement with your Mr. Gochez that many of the dysfunctional governments of Latin America are in desperate need of significant change, however I wonder, why doesn’t he go there to scream ‘revolution’ at those governments? Instead, he prefers to threaten the system that has provided for his right to scream for revolution here in the U.S. (or rather, here in ‘occupied Mexico,’ as he prefers to call it). Furthermore, I would tend to agree that the middle class in America has long been under attack and drastic action may yet need to be taken to address this issue. I also agree that the U.S. Government is likely in apparent desperate need for change. However, while I’m not the expert on all forms of governments, I would never agree that any hard-core socialistic or Marxist communistic government would be of benefit to anyone. To even suggest that Marxist Communism would be an improvement in the United States seems to reflect an ignorant viewpoint and the only individual that would possibly believe such ignorance would be one that was ignorant – such as an impressionable child that has never partaken in any capitalistic system. Any history that Mr. Gochez may teach to children would seem to have clearly shown that Marxist communism can not meet the needs of a large modern nation. Furthermore, while hard-core socialism may well be needed in much of Latin America to counteract the widespread corruption and extreme division of class in those regions, to suggest it is needed here in the United States seems also very misguided. As such, in my opinion, either your teacher, Mr. Gochez, is in psychological denial or he is really stupid. Therefore, I wonder about your choice of employed teachers, the motivations of your school system, and your use of our tax dollars as well.
California Teachers Association