Hispanic is a census term that some dildo in a government office made up to include all Spanish-speaking brown people. It is especially annoying to Chicanos because it is a catch-all term that includes the Spanish conqueror. By definition, it favors European cultural invasion, not indigenous roots.

Cheech Marin (via ondownthemountain)

Recompensation for the ethnic educational genocide perpetuated by this educational system can never repay in the total damage already inflicted on our people.

The Crusade for Justice - Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales  (via alwayskay)

Nationalism is not to be confused with patriotism. Both words are normally used in so vague a way that any definition is liable to be challenged, but one must draw a distinction between them, since two different and even opposing ideas are involved. By “patriotism” I mean devotion to a particular place and a particular way of life, which one believes to be the best in the world but has no wish to force on other people. Patriotism is of its nature defensive, both militarily and culturally. Nationalism, on the other hand, is inseperable from the desire for power. The abiding purpose of every nationalist is to secure more power and more prestige, not for himself but for the nation or other unit in which he has chosen to sink his own individuality.

George Orwell (via letterstomycountry)

We believe that all men are created equal – yet many are denied equal treatment.

President Lyndon B. Johnson spoke those words 50 years ago today when he signed the Civil Rights Act. The Times’ July 3, 1964, story notes that the president’s words during his nationally televised speech were “conciliatory” to calm “the passions” of the South. It also called the bill’s passage Johnson’s “biggest legislative triumph since he took office after the assassination of President Kennedy,” which had occurred less than a year earlier.

In an analysis marking the law’s 50th anniversary, The Times’ Michael Muskal looks at its legacy. The act “changed the face of America,” he writes, but “all is not exactly perfect even half a century later.”

Read the full analysis: 50 years later, Civil Rights Act has a history of gain, loss and hope

Read Times coverage from 1964 by clicking on the image above (taken from Page 6 of The Times’ July 3, 1964, Final edition).

Laura E. Davis

(via latimespast)