Chicano Case Study

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Chicanos have gone through a lot and specifically thought out the 1970’s. The Chicano movement in the 1970’s can be described as powerful, political, and history changing. It was just not the adults who struggled, the Chicano youth took a part too. For instance, the youth were struggling with identity, equal education, and just plain discrimination. Chicano youth struggle with identity because when they are in the United States they are pressured into giving in into the dominant culture, but they still hold on to what is their Mexican culture. Also, they learn English, learn the “white” history, and when they go to Mexico, they are not treated well because they have assimilated into another culture. Moreover, Chicanos struggled
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The cases include Hernandez vs Texas, Plyler vs Doe, Gomez vs The City of Watsonville, and Mendez vs Westminster. On May 03, 1954, Hernandez vs Texas ruled that Mexican Americans were due equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Background of this case includes Hernandez who was a Mexican American who was convicted of murder and was given an unfair trial because he was discriminated. The court ruled in favor of Hernandez and he was given another fair trial. Moreover, in Plyler vs Doe, on May 1975, Texas made a law that if a school had enrolled undocumented children in their school, they will decrease funds that are given to that particular school.The court decided for the plaintiff and agreed that schools could not keep undocumented children from getting an education. Also, the court said that the 14 amendment is universal and applies to all persons in the territorial jurisdiction without regards to color, race, or nationality. The final decision includes the Texas law having to be reversed, therefore they no longer can refuse an education to undocumented children. That is to say that the winning of that case has opened the doors for many undocumented children to get an educated and succeed like any other child. In addition, Gomez vs the City of Watsonville, Section 2 and 5 in Voting Right’s Act plays …show more content…
El Plan De Delano is an important event in Chicano history, which is when 6,000 members of the UFW Association decided to strike California grape growers for higher salaries and better working conditions. Cesar Chavez was the leader of the strike and the organizer for a pilgrimage from Delano to Sacramento, which was intended to fight for their rights to be treated equally.
Moreover, in the documentary Struggle in the Fields, it is a documentary based on the lives of Mexican American field workers and how their wages were low and how the working conditions were bad. Basically, the documentary is a visualization on how the Cesar organized and went through with El Plan de Delano. Likewise, in the documentary Fighting for Our Lives, is another visualization on how Chicanos struggled and had to fight for their lives. Also, the workers were using non-violent strategies but were still beaten and abused for fighting for what they believed in. Furthermore, Cesar Chavez and the UFW used many tactics to bring the growers to the table and negotiate contracts. For instance, Cesar Chavez organized a boycott, he picketed, fasted, and marched with numerous Chicanos that accompanied him. Not to mention, the younger generation of Chicanos participated and were impacted by Cesar’s movement by the younger Chicano generation wanting to make

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