Racism on trial : the Chicano fight for justice
- Ian F. Haney López.
- Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2003.
- Physical description
- x, 324 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
- Haney-López, Ian.
- Includes bibliographical references (p. -311) and index.
In 1968, ten thousand students marched in protest over the terrible conditions prevalent in the high schools of East Los Angeles, the largest Mexican community in the United States. Chanting "Chicano Power", the young insurgents not only demanded change but heralded a new racial politics. Frustrated with the previous generation's efforts to win equal treatment by portraying themselves as racially white, the Chicano protesters demanded justice as proud members of a brown race. The legacy of this fundamental shift continues to this day. Ian Haney Lopez tells the story of the Chicano movement in Los Angeles by following two criminal trials, including one arising from the student walkouts. He demonstrates how racial prejudice led to police brutality and judicial discrimination that in turn spurred Chicano militancy. He also shows that legal violence helped to convince Chicano activists that they were nonwhite, thereby encouraging their use of racial ideas to redefine their aspirations, culture and selves. In a groundbreaking advance that further connects legal racism and racial politics, Haney Lopez describes how race functions as "common sense", a set of ideas that we take for granted in our daily lives. This racial common sense, Haney Lopez argues, largely explains why racism and racial affiliation persist today. By tracing the fluid position of Mexican Americans on the divide between white and nonwhite, describing the role of legal violence in producing racial identities, and detailing the commonsense nature of race, Haney Lopez offers a much needed, potentially liberating way to rethink race in the United States.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Mexican Americans > Civil rights > California > East Los Angeles > History > 20th century.
- Mexican Americans > Race identity > California > East Los Angeles.
- Mexican Americans > Legal status, laws, etc. > California > East Los Angeles > History > 20th century.
- Political activists > Legal status, laws, etc. > California > East Los Angeles > History > 20th century.
- Civil rights movements > California > East Los Angeles > History > 20th century.
- Racism > California > East Los Angeles > History > 20th century.
- Racism > United States > Case studies.
- East Los Angeles (Calif.) > Trials, litigation, etc.
- East Los Angeles (Calif.) > Race relations.
- United States > Race relations > Case studies.
- Publication date
- 067401068X (alk. paper)
- 9780674010680 (alk. paper)
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