For Mexican Americans who went to Palm School and were gentrified out of our neighborhood, it feels highly unconscionable and unforgivable to place a monetary value on this property – to us its appraisal is incalculable ["Palm School Dance
," News, July 19]. The building, which is a symbolic icon that represents our culture and history, is being used as a pawn in all the negotiations mentioned in this and other articles. Palm School and Palm Park are too personal and too historic to be placed in private hands and too sacred to be part of the Convention Center area. I would love the opportunity to teach all the developers and stakeholders the long racist history of land grab: Manifest Destiny, Doctrine of Discovery, the removal of Natives by the Texas Rangers, the provoked war with Mexico, the takeover of Downtown by businessmen from New York, the racist city policies, and the rampant gentrification of East Austin. It seems best to place the decision about Palm School into the hands of the City Council. Hopefully enough of them will understand the more significant issue here and the moral obligation of the city to compensate our people for all the injustices that have prevented us from having a quality of life.