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.
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.”
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.