Mexican Americans : the ambivalent minority
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Notes on front endpapers: Two Columns Texas and CA. Texas: Catholic Church; Willie Velasquez; Saul Alinsky--Industrial Areas Foundation; Henry Cisneros; Gloria Molina; Ceasar Chavez. California: little racial discrimination; V.O. Ken's Southern Politics. Underlinings/notes: Acknowledgements include Willie Velasquez, Linda Chavez and others. Mexican-Americans that do not speak Spanish. SW people who built area were Hispanics. Americans regard bilingula ballots not as voting rights, but way for Mexican-American leaders to keep people isolated into barrio. Quebec? No! Liberals. Conservatives--Mexicans reinforcements in battle for traditional values. Civil Rights strategy. Velasquez knew of author's Irish-Catholic roots. Velasquez died of cancer in 1988, age 44. Will Mexican Americans define themselves as traditional ethnic immigrants or as victems of racial disrimination?Book title: Mexican-Americans: the ambivalent minority--Latino's cannot make up their minds whether they're a minority. Nongovernmental institutions disposed toward designating Mexican Americans a minority. Ernesto Cortes attended triaing course at Saul Alinsky's Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) in Chicago in the 1970s; returned to San Antonio. Alamo. Chicano in vouge in 1960s. Latino popular in Los Angeles. Hispanic generic viewed by Mexican-Americans as label concoted by federal bureaucrats. Mexicano. Mexican-American. COPS in San Antonio; UNO in Los Angeles. Interviews/participant-observer at community meetings, political rallies, parish meetings, etc. Henry Cisneros. San Antonio is a big small town. Tables of Hispanic State Legislators in California and Texas 1930-1993. Mexican Americans have done better politically in San Antonio and Texas than in Los Angeles and California. Friends-and-neighbors politics. Three Panchos. UNO not heavily involved in electoral politics. East LA machine. California deterioration of link between ethnic/geographical comunity. Seen ion California as a racial minority. Mexican Americans as White v. blacks. Rockefeller/Ford Foundations. No single, overriding Mexican-American interest. MALDEF. Chicano studies. Many students do not consider themselves minority or Mexican before arriving on campus. Mexican Americans assimilating. Argument of book: Mexican Americans being seduced by political system into adopting stance of racial minority will raise objections as will comparison with blacks.