The Mexican American Civil War Essay

1845 Words Oct 18th, 2016 8 Pages
The Mexican American war gave citizenship to thousands of individuals who resided in the American southwest prior to the war. Under the new treaty between Mexico and the United States, these new citizens were considered white according to the law. Consequently, these new citizens were never treated equivalent to Caucasians of Northern European ancestry. They were not allowed to occupy the same bathrooms, restaurants, schools, and even in death they had to be prepared and buried in isolated areas away from Caucasian Americans. Mexican-American lawyers sought a case that would prove that Mexican-Americans were labeled by law as white but were treated in a discriminatory fashion. In Hernandez v Texas, the lawyers found a case that confirmed that Mexican-Americans were not treated as equals and needed to have their own separate class from African and Caucasian Americans. Moreover, the lawyers demonstrated that a racial dichotomy is a malicious approach to categorize groups. This essay will exhibit that there is no social/racial dichotomy of black and white and in retrospect the courts have used fallacious reasoning masked in a false dichotomy to advance discrimination. Mexican-American attorneys split the horn of this malevolent dichotomy and confirmed that social issues are not binary.

II. What Led to the Case After the Mexican–American War, Mexico ceded lands that included modern day New Mexico, Arizona, California, Oregon, Utah, Colorado, and portions of Texas. In…

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