New Podcast Aims to Show True Dark History of Texas Rangers
NEW PODCAST “WHITE HATS” TO EXPLORE DARKER HISTORY OF TEXAS RANGERS
Texas Monthly magazine has a new podcast coming out on November 15th, “White Hats.” It will explore the real history and continuing legacy of the Texas Rangers. Most people have an idea of what the Texas rangers are, and were. But what they were involves a lot of dark history that most people have no knowledge of. Most people, like me, think Walker: Texas Ranger. That television show provides a contemporary whitewash few will ever overcome. Yet the podcast “White Hats” will provide a great deal of historic correction for anyone who listens to it.
MOVIES AND TELEVISION HAVE MADE TEXAS RANGERS ICONS OF TRUTH AND JUSTICE
But we have consumed media in many more tv shows and movies that have immortalized the Texas Rangers as idyllic dealers of justice in the Wild West. Yet this myth of them upholding law and order in the Southwestern United States, and around the US-Mexico border region in particular, is much more complex. And dark. The reality also involves how they terrorized Mexicans and Mexican Americans with violence 100 years ago. And more burdensome to accept is that this violence was often extra-legal, and state sanctioned. In other words, it was the official policy of the Texas Rangers to terrorize these people with violence.
UNDERSTANDING REAL HISTORY OF TEXAS RANGERS WILL BE SURPRISING
This quote from Ranger Napolean Agustus Jennings speaks volumes of those times: “We paid visits to Matamoros [across the border from Brownsville, Texas] after nightfall. We went there for two reasons: to have fun, and to carry out a set policy of terrorizing the Mexicans at every opportunity…Each Ranger was a little standing army in himself.” The podcast “White Hats” will have much more to offer listeners, including how these state-sanctioned police terrorists were really representing Anglo-American economic and political interests. Understanding this truer history of the Texas Ranger just might provide some better context of where we are today.