Tonight Mano Amiga will present a case to the San Marcos CISD Board of Trustees Meeting to remove Naomi Narvaiz from the School Health Advisory Council.
It’s been a bewildering week.
Last Sunday, Ms. Naomi Narvaiz proclaimed in San Marcos Daily Record that she couldn’t figure out if Mano Amiga’s horrific gallery of posts gathered from her social media “may have been altered to fit their agenda.”
The very next day, Ms. Narvaiz re-tweeted a post, for all to see, from Patriot Front, the organization whose shirt & shield were donned by the racist killer in Charlottesville who mowed over protestors. To quote a later Daily Record article, “The group’s website name, bloodandsoil.org, refers to a chant used by Nazis in Germany.”
Who accidentally tweets neo-Nazi content, much less while perched on a City’s Ethics Commission?
And when already the focus of widely publicized concerns about extremism in your social media posts, what does it say about, um, judgment?
Even San Marcos Mayor John Thomaides, who praised Narvaiz on the San Marcos Local News FB Group as “great on that [SHAC] or any committee” in August — insultingly, the very same morning as his vote for amicus in SB4 litigation — has walked away from that support.
Thomaides now tells Daily Record he has not endorsed any candidate for SHAC, a step in the right direction — but that seemingly stops right there.
This morning, Monday, marks one week since a San Marcos ethics commissioner, on Mayor Thomaides’ watch, posted neo-Nazi content on her social media.
In a confession on KVUE’s feature story Friday, Narvaiz acknowledges she did post neo-nazi content: “I thought it was kind of silly, and I retweeted it. Simple as that.”
In the intervening week, Mayor Thomaides has been silent.
His mug did grace the Daily Record’s front page Wednesday: he’s joined a Mayors’ Compact to Combat Hate that pledges to “expressly reject extremism, white supremacy & all forms of bigotry.”
While Thomaides found time to get quoted on his Compact commitment, KVUE reports that Mayor Thomaides ducked “multiple attempts” over a two-day investigation to comment on the extremist, white supremacist & bigoted content now reported by numerous media outlets, including in Houston & San Antonio, with interest only growing.
San Marcos Cinema Club announced they will, at 11 AM today, deliver an L.A. Dodgers poster to Mayor Thomaides: acknowledging the Mayor has steadily dodged reporter’s inquiries into the inflammatory posts by his city’s Ethics Commissioner, as lamented by KVUE. (Cinema Club has a superb racial-justice baseball documentary coming in Lost River Film Fest…)
RESET & RE-VET!
On behalf of Mano Amiga, we are prepared to embrace an idea proposed by Ms. Narvaiz herself during her KVUE confession:
“If we’re going to scrutinize one person out of 23 (Student Health Advisory Council members), let’s sit down, and look at everybody else’s records the same way and see.”
Indeed, to “RESET & RE-VET”is the most prudent choice forward for all concerned.
Despite his initial vote in favor of Narvaiz for SHAC, we seek to dispel rumors about School Board vice president John McGlothlin that he is a Narvaiz diehard, prepared to defend her no matter what horrendous things she posts.
On the contrary, we applaud Mr. McGlothlin for rightly clarifying on Twitter that “many folks are genuinely offended at Tweets & posts that are abhorrent” — we respectfully encourage Mr. McGlothlin to go one step further, in acknowledging the wholesale failure of the vetting process for SHAC, in which someone posting neo-Nazi content, among other types of hateful speech, managed to slip through.
Accordingly, we ask Mr. McGlothlin to embrace the call to “RESET & RE-VET.”
Four days before her September SHAC appointment, Ms. Narvaiz’s twitter had a post declaring “Deport All Illegals, including DREAMers”: severely threatening & traumatic advocacy against the very children whose mental & physical health she’s tasked with advising upon.
A ridiculous claim is this campaign is a “political witch hunt.” When we “RESET & RE-VET,” political stripe is not our guiding concern — rather, it would be vetting for things like excluding bullies who broadcast threats & hateful messages from serving on a committee tasked with preventing bullying & suicide prevention…
In fact, we’ve seen through La Otra Voz-San Marcos, Texas — the underground rag from the early 70s that chronicled Latinx struggles in San Marcos — that so-called liberal politicians aren’t always reliable advocates for racial justice. In that publication’s pages, campaign ads for George Bush accompany articles on community organizing & education.
And in the wake of our spectacularly failed election in Hays County in 2016 — whereby 1,816 votes went uncounted at the Government Center, allegedly due to “preventable human error” — Mano Amiga has observed that local right-wingers, (puzzlingly, much more than Democrats, who were the ones disproportionately affected by the uncounted votes!) including Ms. Narvaiz, have been at the forefront in calling for justice & election integrity. We’ve also been bowled over by the amount of correspondence from local Republicans the past few weeks: fair-minded individuals who are similarly troubled by the harm Narvaiz represents for our City & its children (& presumably their grand old party) through her extremist advocacy.
Rather than any political litmus test, when we “RESET & RE-VET” the SHAC, perhaps the guidelines of the Mayor’s Compact to Combat Hate would be an apt guideline on whom to exclude — as soon as that Mayor’s Compact actually starts taking effect…
(These are the views of Mano Amiga, & are in no way meant to try to represent the diverse views of this coalition calling for Narvaiz’s ouster from SHAC…)”