I would like to tie up some loose ends in the George Ramos column "In This Fight Rudy Acuna Has All Angles Covered," March 22.
Acuna was called "a polemicist and pamphleteer" by an all-white UC Santa Barbara faculty review committee that had no expertise in the field of Chicano studies. The university committee ignored external peer evaluations, mostly by Chicano scholars, who evaluated Acuna as a leader in the field of Chicano studies.
Acuna is a respected scholar who is generally criticized by those who are ignorant of Chicano history, or those who want to deny that injustice has been commonplace in American history. Acuna has generally been at odds with those who want to sugarcoat these dark passages.
Dean, School of Humanities
Cal State Northridge