Yesterday, somewhere between one hundred and two hundred Texans gathered in Austin, demanding independence from the United States of America. Among those attending the rally organized by the Texas Nationalist Movement were two women carrying a sign decorated with a red arm, reading “Remember Goliad and the 400 massacred Texans. I’d rather sever my right arm than continue to live under a Washington Dictator.”
In the Goliad massacre of 1836, something like 350 Texans were massacred, not 400. They weren’t killed by anyone in Washington D.C. either, but by the Mexican military. There isn’t much link to a call for Texan independence from the United States in 2009 and an atrocity committed by Mexico 173 years ago.
Remember Goliad, if you want to, but please remember it correctly.