Essay Chicano’s Struggle in Equality

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During the East Los Angeles walk-outs in the 1960s, one of the leaders said,
The administrators are saying that we’re disrupting the educational process and thats not so. The educational process of Mexican-Americans for over 20 years in East Los Angeles and throughout the south west has been disrupted by its failure to communicate with the Mexican-American. That is the disruption [….] This is a social injustice. (Esparza)
The discrimination to which he referred to has been part of adversity Chicanos have faced time and time again, from segregation, corporal punishment and unequal teaching standards in the educational system. However, Chicanos united and fought back against the discriminations. They filed lawsuits, protested with sit-ins,
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The judge ruled in favor of Alvarez and the Mexican community by saying that the Lemon Grove school board had no legal bases to segregate the children. The Mexican children could not be segregated because they were of the “caucasian race” and that would be “infringing upon the law”(Espinoza). The judge also said that it would be better for the Mexican children to be in the “presence” of the American kids because it would benefit them in their learning. In the end, the school board had to pay for both their legal fees and the Mexican families fees. Since the ruling of Alverez over the Lemon Grove school board, segregation was only illegal in Lemon Grove. In 1947, five Mexican-American parents in Santa Ana, California won a state-wide ruling, which prohibited segregation of Mexican American children but was still in effect all over the United States. Until 1954, in the case of Brown V. The Board of Education, segregation became illegal nationwide.
In 1946 the Mendez family “set in motion the racial integration of Orange County schools…”(qtb in Harders and Gómez 7) was said in the resolution of the Board of Education Orange County, California. The Board of Education did not know what they were getting into when they decided not to allow for Gonzalo’s children to enroll at the 17th Street School in Westminster, California. Little did they know that they would set in motion to many things in the

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