Essay about The Treaty Of Guadalupe Hidalgo

769 Words Feb 18th, 2016 4 Pages
“To many contemporary Mexican Americans, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo signaled the beginning of persistent discrimination and oppression,” said Guadalupe San Miguel and Richard Valencia in the article The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo to Hopwood: The Educational Plight and Struggle of Mexican Americans in the Southwest. On February 2, 1998 a treaty that brought an end to the Mexican American War, the Treaty of Guadalupe, was signed .This treaty stated that …………Instead of bringing peace like it said it would, The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was broken treaty brought oppression and injustice to people of Mexican descent. Although, Chicanos and Chicanas have had many barriers to get educational equality, they have fought to overcome these obstacles of inequality.
The article by San Miguel and Richard portrays how racism blocked Chicana/Chicano access to education. One of the things that prevented Chicanas/Chicanos from getting proper education were their language barriers. Mexican American students who were never exposed to the English language were put into classes where Spanish, their primary language, were never spoken. Having their language stripped from their classes removed not just their ability to communicate, but also a part of their identity, it removed their Mexican culture. Another thing that blocked Mexican Americans from receiving a proper education was segregation. Mexican Americans and Whites attended different classrooms and schools for “educational…

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