Small Group Protests Alamo World Heritage Designation

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Though more than 100 people had indicated they would attend on Facebook, less than 30 people gathered in front of the Alamo on Saturday afternoon to protest the iconic shrine’s designation as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

David Watts, a Republican who is running for running for the District 7 state representative seat, organized the rally, said the United Nations has “no business” at the Alamo.

“Do we need the U.N. to help start raise awareness (of the Alamo)?” he asked the crowd to a smattering answers of “No.”

“Is there anything the U.N. does well?” Again, the answer was “No.”

David Watts addresses the crowd while a Texas flag waves behind him. Photo by Scott Ball.

David Watts addresses the crowd while a Texas flag waves behind him. Photo by Scott Ball.

Many San Antonians – including city leaders – welcomed news of the designation on July 5, an international distinction that puts the Alamo and Spanish colonial Missions on the same list as natural and man-made marvels such as the Grand Canyon, Statue of Liberty, Angkor Wat, and the Taj Majal. The designation itself carries with it no funding or conveyance of legal control, but it’s expected to bring even more attention, visitors, and therefore economic impact to tourism and development sectors.

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But Watts joined members from groups including the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT), the Tea Party, and Texas National Movement to call for a rejection of the designation and a return of the site’s management to the DRT.

Friday evening, the DRT held a closing ceremony for its last day of management duties at the Alamo. In March, the Texas General Land Office ordered the DRT to cease its management of the historic site on July 10. Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush had sent a letter to the DRT explaining the order, citing 10 contractual breaches including budgetary, staffing, maintenance, and management failures.

“There might have been (management) issues, and maybe it could eventually be a joint committee or something with members of DRT on it,” said Daughter Maggie Wright. “The DRT has a love for the Alamo – it’s instilled in them because it’s part of their heritage, it’s part of us.”

Maggie Wright holds the Gadsden flag while listening. Photo by Scott Ball.

Maggie Wright holds the Gadsden flag while listening to speakers. Photo by Scott Ball.

She said she has three ancestors that were at the historic 1836 Battle of the Alamo.

The Alamo has gone “from local control by patriots to a bureaucracy, and now – I won’t say control – but influence from the U.N. and their expectations for this site,” Watts said. In order to maintain the designation the site needs to be maintained. He said the U.N. will pressure the City and County against development. “Do we want a 7-Eleven here (at the Alamo)? Probably not. But, again, Texans can decide that.”

According the UNESCO website, designation does not mean transference of property rights, “but it is considered in the interest of the international community to protect the site for future generations.”

A representative of  Watts’ campaign was quick to inform that crowd that the candidate, who had run against Bush for the commissioner position in 2014, was not associated with the Texas National Movement. Members of this organization and others called for Texas to secede from the United States.

“Texas is the cash cow for this country,” Steve Baysinger, a supporter of New Revolution Now. “There is not reason that Texas cannot stand economically, socially, politically by itself.”

Doc Greene, a broadcast activist for an online radio Raging Elephant Radio, agrees and told the crowd that Texas should be its own nation, that the Alamo is a “blood-bought shrine” and shouldn’t let “the ‘United Nothing’ tell us anything.”

Doc Greene holds a flag while speaking his opinions. Photo by Scott Ball.

Doc Greene holds a Texas flag while speaking to reporters and the crowd. Photo by Scott Ball.

The secessionist movement is especially strong in Texas, and countless reports and articles have been done on the likelihood or success of such an endeavor.

It’s largely considered by state and federal leaders to be an activist pipe-dream, but the movement remains steadfast despite that most rebel states get “far more from the federal government in expenditures than they pay in taxes.”

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16 thoughts on “Small Group Protests Alamo World Heritage Designation

  1. Puts one in mind of Mr. Twain’s observation that “Concerning the difference between man and the jackass: some observers hold that there isn’t any. But this wrongs the jackass.”

  2. This sounds like a comedy show!
    Are Texans the only ones who shoot of their mouths at certain buzzwords, e.g., United Nations, educational, scientific and cultural (the u, n, e, s, c in UNESCO), without bothering to obtain more information?
    I wonder if similar protests were held at any of the other 1000+ World Heritage Sites after each was designated?
    Yeah, that nasty ol’ UN has sure ruined the Grand Canyon. And the Taj Majal used be very purty until those United Nothings messed it up.
    Is this gang of 30 upset that San Antonio is on the map of the United States, which only makes it easier for our enemies to find us? Remember the Alamo?
    PS: The Missions were the only new site added this year. I wonder if all the good stuff has already be designated and UNESCO had to scrape the bottom of the barrel for our string of mostly badly “restored” missions.

  3. There is no such thing as State Representative District 7. Does Watts think there is or did the author screw that up. In any event, just like Watt’s imaginary world of a UN threat and one world government, he can run for the imaginary State Rep D7. Until, as often happens with these right wing nuts, they collide with reality. Until then Watts can drift along in this imaginary world of the right wing. I wonder if Watts can spell.

    • Well, there is a district 7 in the state legislature. But it’s out in Longview…. which leads me to wonder why on earth he would drive five hours down here to shout nonsense at 30 people who already agree with him.

  4. I am against UN designation due to the fact that these are Catholic holy sites that do not need further desecration from an unholy UN

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