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I applaud anyone who takes a stand against this kind of injustice. I guess my schools weren't segregated because we had every race in our classes from elementary on. I do remember one hispanic kid named Sammy. The teachers picked on him a lot. I always thought the teachers were stupid. I became one to touch lives in a totally different way. Like making school fun!!!I had to take Spanish to teach in the migrant program. I loved those little kindergarten kids.
Dear Off and Alton,
Glad to hear you have studied the case. We'll be looking for good angles for an anniversary piece and welcome any suggestions. How do Victoria and Jackson county schools teach the case?
A Twitter follower also passed along this link to a summary of the case: http://tinyurl.com/c8tm8d
In Hernandez v. Texas, the state argued that Mexican-Americans were not a separate racial class for equal protection purposes and they should be regarded as members of the "white" race for this purpose. The court held that they were treated as a separate class in fact, as evidenced by (among other things) separate restroom facilities ("hombres aqui") and the fact that a hispanic had not been selected for jury service in 25 years. The Warren court poured out the State 9-0.
Over the years I have discovered that people are split on their desire to learn history. People either love it or find it boring. However, I believe a talented history teacher can take issues like these and help develop an interest in history. It may have been because the civil rights movement was big during my high school years, because both cases were taught in detail by my teacher along with test questions. I lived in Waco, during my high school years. I have forgotten many of the details of the case, and would enjoy reading about the "local" case. I find it sad that even when doors of knowledge are opened to everyone, often many students choose to not take the effort to walk through it.