Latino civil rights group chronicles historical battles

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The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) published a comprehensive timeline This month of legal battles, union formation and political strategies is used to advance civil rights for US Latinos.

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why it matters: The organization’s timeline comes amid widespread discussion of marginalized Latinos across the United States, including health care inequalities and structural racism.

  • “It is important to share this exhibit with all Americans who want to learn … about the social struggle for Latino civil rights,” said David Contreras, a LULAC historian.

description: The interactive timeline is a compilation of historical records, art and photographs that document Latinos’ nearly century-long “fight for civil rights”, the organization said in a news release.

  • this outline LULAC fights to repeal a law that discriminates against Latinos, known as the “Juan Crowe Law,” which restricts access to public places such as swimming pools, restrooms and drinking fountains.
  • It also documented several successful lawsuits to integrate the Texas school system, which by 1945 alienated Mexican children because they were “more poorly dressed and mentally inferior to white children.”
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What are they saying: “The fact is that the non-Latinos and younger generations … are unaware of what our grandparents and parents did to remove the barriers,” LULAC President Domingo García said in a statement.

  • “Many people are unaware or base their facts on misinformation about the real contribution of Latinos to our country,” he said.

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