History of Memories: Mexican School Segregation

Topic:  Education, School Segregation, Mendez v. Westminster, Mexican-American,
Segment: History of Memories: Mexican School Segregation
Gabe  Flores,  Historian.  Doctorate Candidate in History department, UC Riverside
Broadcast Air Date
: 11/22/19
Time: 5:15 PM (PST)
Station: KUCR 88.3 FM Riverside, CA
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Segment produced in KUCR, the radio station of the University California in Riverside.

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Discussion Topics:
– Mendez v. Westminster (1947)   remembered?, https://www.uscourts.gov/educational-resources/educational-activities/background-mendez-v-westminster-re-enactment

  • How do you convert history into a tangible and living experience?
  • What is the role of memory in writing history?
  • How does the 1947 Mendez v. Westminster case lead to the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education?  
  • How does the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo establish a promise of equal rights  under the classification of “White,” to people within the US Southwest as annexed Mexican territories?
  • How did the new settlers classified as “White/ Anglo” deal with the perceived “Mexican problem” as California was converted into an Americanized model of racialized hierarchy?
  •  Why were Mexican groups classified racially as White yet treated as non-White?
  •  Was school segregation of Mexican children legally mandated?
  • Why is California in 2019,  the most  segregated state in the US in terms of  “Mexican/ Latino”  children?
  • (1930) case of Independent School District v..Salvatierra,
  • (1931) Roberto Alvarez vs. the Board of Trustees of the Lemon Grove School District
  • (1951) Gonzales v. Sheely et al.  District Court D. Arizona.
  • (1970) Cisneros v. Corpus Christi Independent School District
  • (1973) Keyes v. School District No. 1, Denver, 413 U.S. 189
  •   How were the Californios, soon after the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo (1848), incorporated into the dominant Anglo structures?
  •  What is the relationship between school segregation, mid-19th century stereotypes of Mexicans and presumptions of the expected role of being Mexican in US Southwest?
  • What is the justification used by school boards throughout California and the US Southwest for the segregation process of Mexican children?
  • The argument of cultural deficiency was falsely created to justify the school segregation practices.
  • History doesn’t necessarily repeat itself, but it rhymes.
  • In the 1850’s, what are the racial requirements of Whiteness to access the full American rights?
  •  Why were the Mexican citizens re-classified as White after the Mexican-American war?
  • How do the systems of inequality rely on production and reproduction of “common sense”  understandings of race ideology?
  • Was the status of white applied only to the Mexican elite?
  • How did the colonial experience establish the outline for Mexican and American relations?
  • How Did the United States incorporate parts of the Mexican nation into its own nation after 1848?

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