The Latest From Mario Marcel Salas

The History of the Oppressed Will Liberate All of Us

Human beings are connected to history in different ways depending on whether they share a history of domination or a history of being dominated. The oppressed don’...

All peoples come from one common origin. Skin is not race but was turned into that. For all of the people that were turned into white when their ancestors were Italian, German, French, English, and others for the pu...

The Beginning of the False Idea of Race

Large cracks are beginning to enlarge in the institutional system of white supremacy. Throughout hundreds of years holes have been punched into the idea that “whites” are super...

David Walker’s Appeal and the Fight against Slavery

David Walker was born in North Carolina, possibly in 1796 to a free black mother and an enslaved father. Walker was a forthright black abolitionist, unlike the mild...

Research shows that these killers operated with artificial legal authority and  “hanged “dissenters” on the Trinity River, slaughtered German Unionists along the Nueces River, and lynched Federal recruits by the Rio...

Slave Codes, Black Codes, and Finally Jim Crow Law

During slavery the laws or rules that governed the lives of enslaved people (Black Slaves and Native American slaves in some ways) involved beatings, lynching, tortu...

April 28, 2020

We were able to write a curriculum for high school students to begin a course in African American Studies. A group of San Antonio educators, including myself, helped to develop the curriculum at the State Board of E...

April 21, 2020

Free Blacks in Texas were Mostly Ruined

In the 1830, the Mexican government offered freedom, equality, and full rights to blacks that managed to escape the slaver army of Sam Houston. Many free blacks contributed the...

April 14, 2020

Slave Owners and Slave Catchers in San Antonio

There were few large Plantations near San Antonio, but one did exist on the Cibolo Creek in the Cibolo Valley (Kosub, 2019). Large plantations required large numbers of...

The Past and Present Inform Each Other

According to Edward Said (1993), “. . . there is no just way in which the past can be quarantined from the present. Past and present inform each other, each implies the other ....

March 31, 2020

Stay safe and don’t panic, but realize the flu is a killer. With the COVID-19 strain of virus now affecting many parts of the world one should look at the history of influenza (commonly called flu). 

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March 24, 2020

I have walked many cemeteries doing research and studying the resting places where great individuals and the common folk share the same destination. I always found confederate cemeteries more depressing than most....

March 17, 2020

Black History is All-Year Long

Much of Black history has been distorted, erased, denied, and has served as a way to erase and discredit the historical presence of Black people in and around the world. One can argue f...

March 10, 2020

Alamo History—A Farce

According to Benjamin Lundy, a white abolitionist, that lived during the time of the Alamo, “Texas Independence was based on slavery, land theft, and cotton production –Hence, the Battle of the...

Lafayette Walker lies in the Black Cemetery

 Photo: Mario Salas

W.E.B. Dubois once said, “Herein lie buried many things which if read with patience may show the strange meaning of being black here at the dawning of th...

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