Elementary School to be Named After California’s Most Notorious Mexican Bandit

The California school system seems to be taking the whole “robbing the people” thing a little too literally by proposing to name a school after  the state’s most famous dead unelected criminal.

Not exactly a household name, Vasquez was executed in 1875 for the murder of two individuals and is called “probably the most notorious bandit California ever saw” by the University of Southern California library.

With a rap sheet that extended back to his early teens, Vasquez stabbed a constable at the age of 14 and experts believe he actually murdered as many as six people.

Administrators tried desperately to paint Vasquez as someone worthy of an honor, as the school district’s superintendent called him “a revolutionary” and a member of the school’s naming committee claimed “he was framed by the system at that time.”

Continuing the effort to justify naming an elementary school after him, the committee member said Vasquez “took from the rich and gave to the poor” and has seen his character sullied by “history … written by mainstream whites.”

He views the 19th century murderer as “sort of a hero” to the Mexican-American community.

“When you have individuals who have been struggling for so long, dealing with oppression and systematic oppression, then you bring up leaders who have fought against resistance,” he said, “of course they’re going to be role models to you.”

Salinas already suffers from a high crime rate so there must be a whole lot of resistance going on here.  The homicide rate in Salinas tripled since 1991. There were 200 armed robberies last year, 174 non-armed robberies, 694 aggravated assaults, 22 cases of arson and 1,163 stolen cars and 1,10 burglaries. Or as Salinas school administrators call them, acts of resistance.

But naming a single school after Tiburcio Vasquez isn’t enough. If you’re sick, then you can always stop by the Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center where their motto is “We believe that all people have a right to quality health care, regardless of their ability to pay.”

  • Mary Sue

    What is it with Leftists confusing criminals for "revolutionaries"?

    • Christian West

      I don't think there is much confusion here.
      Most revolutions were crimes against humanity, so revolutionaries who carried them out were, almost per definition, criminals. The crimes commuted by ghouls like Robespierre, Lenin, Hitler, Trotsky, Mao, Ho Chi Min, Pol Pot, Castro, or "Che" – were infinitely greater than those of Vasques.

      • Christian West

        and, of course, that should be "committed", not "commuted". Sorry.

  • Cynicles

    Take aways:

    Killing White people is OK

    Crime has dramaticaly increased since 1991 in Ca.
    California, land of the perpetual victim as guns are regulated so severely that only cops & crooks and have guns (likely exemptions for politicians).

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  • Thomas Wells

    In order to be even more multicultural, perhaps a : "Jack The Ripper" school or clinic would be in order.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Jack the Ripper isn't multicultural. Maybe Central Park Rapist High or Osama bin Laden Elementary School.

      • Thomas Wells

        Your right. Red Jack, would be better.

  • Ghostwriter

    Here's the thing. The guy who recommended this sort of thing is an idiot. Should we in America honor Charles Manson or Ted Bundy or Al Capone with a school? This Vasquez character deserved what he got. You don't just kill two or six people in cold blood and expect to get away with it. From what I've learned of the guy he was a murderer,pure and simple. Mexican-Americans should hang their heads in shame because a violent killer should not get ANY sort of memorial outside of a gravestone.

  • JacksonPearson

    This is another reason why California has gone to sh*t in a handbag! Don't be surprised if and when Charles Manson isn't hailed, and cornerstone somewhere.

  • ebonystone

    “When you have individuals who have been struggling for so long, dealing with oppression and systematic oppression …."
    Ha! The only "oppression" that most Mexicans in California have ever had to "struggle with" is the oppression they faced in their homeland, which is why they left.

  • marie

    "Boss" Tweed who died in 1878 in Ludlow street jail has a courthouse named after him on Federal Plaza, NYC. Tweed, the ward politician who headed Tammany, bilked the city out of tens of millions of dollars. In the same vein, there is a Malcolm X boulevard in Harlem likewise an Adam Clayton Powell boulevard. Powell was arraigned on corruption charges and lost his seat in congress.

    If fame is to be equated with infamy, why not a Goebbels platz somewhere in Germany?

    • Thomas Wells

      Obama parkway?

  • thehardtruth

    "Mexicans who began streaming into the region"

    "Overnight, they lost everything. They became second-class citizens in their own land."

    It was never their land…