The sculpture of the giant torch near the Alamo is symbolic of supremacy over the immigrants who lost their lives in defense of the mission fort. These immigrants were slaughtered and torched in mass funeral pyres, at the command of General Santa Anna, the dictator of Mexico. What remains were left, after a year had passed, were buried in many locations, most unknown.
The ‘Reimagine the Alamo’ plan will move the Cenotaph (derived from the Greek: kenos taphos, meaning ‘empty tomb’), entitled The Spirit of Sacrifice, closer to the 50 foot Torch erected by Mexican Businessmen and the Mexican Consulate of San Antonio.
The proponents of the sculpture say it is a symbol of friendship but that is not the message it conveys to the people. It is intolerant and reminds us of the bigotry and savagery that occurred and we demand it be moved away from downtown.
La Antorcha de la Amistad, or as we know it, La Antorcha del Odio (The Torch of Hate) is a constant reminder of our inequality, that we are nothing more than ‘norteamericano pirata de la tierra’ worthy of being slaughtered like cattle. It must be removed or relocated somewhere away from Alamo Plaza to respect the immigrants who gave their lives for Liberty and Freedom over tyrannical dictatorship.
We are constantly reminded of its presence when we go downtown or watch the news; it is even being incorporated into the skyline of our city so now we see this symbol everywhere.
We have contacted the District 1 Councilman Roberto Treviño and the Mexican Consulate, neither of which have responded.
Please join us in removing this offensive & thoughtless sculpture for a friendlier city and a more compassionate San Antonio.