History Channel’s latest series titled “Texas Rising” has been receiving mixed reactions from its viewers since it premiered last Memorial Day.
As known in the history books, People from Texas were beaten by the Mexican army.
However, there was a certain moment from that timeframe that was left uncertain for the people of today.
Washington Post pointed the confusion out: Whether the people fighting for Texas considered heroes, or was the whole event a land grab by white slaveowners gearing up for a bigger plan which was to include Texas under United States?
“Texas Rising” focused on the former theory, which points out that Texas soldiers were heroes.
After its premiere, critics quickly expressed their sentiments about the series, saying that the politics involved in the series is inaccurate and ruins the education behind that certain part of history.
“This movie isn’t just bad – the politics are dubious too,” wrote the Guardian, as quoted by the source cited above. “Texas Rising is a movie that glorifies the campaigns of white settlers in land that technically belongs to Mexico and was initially settled by Native Americans.
“There is not an inkling of post-colonial reflection about what that means in the great scope of history,” the article added.
“The line between good guys and bad guys is drawn as simply and thoughtlessly as it is in a backyard game of Cowboys and Indians.” Aside from The Guardian, several other news sites also expressed the same sentiments.
One of them includes the New York Times .
“Native American warriors gallop and whoop; Mexican soldiers and generals enjoy cockfights, executions and all things vile,” the website wrote. “The series looks and sounds like a western from the 1940s, and that’s not a compliment.
The good guys – the Texans – are good, and the bad guys are reductive figures who exist to be hated.” Read the official press release for the “Texas Rising” mini series below, as taken from History channel’s official Web site . “Though vastly outnumbered, the Alamo’s 200 defenders – commanded by James Bowie and William Travis and including the famed frontiersman Davy Crockett – held out courageously for 13 days before the Mexican invaders finally overpowered them. For Texans, the Battle of the Alamo became an enduring symbol of their heroic resistance to oppression and their struggle for independence, which they won later that year.”