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Photo Of A Vast Open Expanse That Helps Define Texas—We Can Define Texas As We Wish

For some people Texas is wide prairies ( Of course, the tallgrass prairies of Texas are now mostly all gone.) and the vast lands of West Texas.  Maybe for some, Texas is defined by Big Bend National Park.

In my view, Texas is defined in good part by the Gulf Coast. Here is a picture of the Gulf of Mexico at Galveston. Take a look at all those ships in the picture. Most of those ships will enter the Houston Ship Channel.

We can define Texas, or any other place, as we wish. It’s up to you.

Many conventionally accepted definitions of Texas have little to do with the multiethnic, urban state Texas has become. This is one reason some are upset by the increasing number of Hispanics and other immigrants in Texas. 

I don’t know what Texas will be like in the future, but I do know that the traditional definitions of rugged individualism and cowboys and oil and all that stuff have not served the average person of Texas very well. Texas is often a poor and underdeveloped place.

It’s time for new ways to see and imagine Texas.   

December 2, 2007 - Posted by | Galveston, History, Houston, Pictures I Have Taken, Politics, Texas | , , , ,

8 Comments »

  1. In all likelihood the Texas of the future will be a poor dirty province of Mexico.

    Comment by jonolan | December 2, 2007

  2. Nope. It will be a better and more tolerant place

    Comment by Neil Aquino | December 2, 2007

  3. Somehow I doubt that. Things rarely improve for the indigenous population when unrestrained immigration (invasion) of a foreign population occurs. If you don’t believe me ask a Native American.

    At least your surname is Spanish; you may be alright – especially if you’re bilingual.

    Comment by jonolan | December 2, 2007

  4. I’m a son of Italy. Southern Italy. My great-grandparents who came over here were called scum and told they were bringing down the country just like people are saying about folks from Mexico today. My wife is Jewish and of Eastern European origin. They called her people scum and worse.

    I won’t be going down that road with any group of people no matter how many come to America.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | December 3, 2007

  5. You have more hope for the future them I do then. I fairly sure you’re wrong, but I fervently hope you’re right.

    Comment by jonolan | December 3, 2007

  6. All right–Good enough. Thanks for the comment.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | December 4, 2007

  7. i am irish, as far as i can tell i am still scum, i like scum and and italians and jewish folk as well as mexicans. most of all i like people that are respectful to each other. black gay puerto rican somalian iraq iranian icelandic like bjork. its all good to me.

    Comment by bill brady | December 5, 2007

  8. Bill–Excellent!

    Comment by Neil Aquino | December 5, 2007


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