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ERIC Number: EJ799279
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 63
ISSN: ISSN-1066-5684
The "Other White": Mexican Americans and the Impotency of Whiteness in the Segregation and Desegregation of Texan Public Schools
Godfrey, Phoebe C.
Equity & Excellence in Education, v41 n2 p247-261 Apr 2008
This article analyzes the legal classification of Mexican Americans as "other white" as argued in a number of critical court cases that beginning in the 1930s up to the 1970s attempted to desegregate public schools in Texas. Since the Texas constitution declared school segregation as being only for "colored children," Mexican Americans in their fight against "de facto" segregation sought to claim their legal classification as white. My objective is to further analyze these cases as presented in the literature in order to examine what the relationship between Mexican American whiteness as a "legal" category versus their "otherness" as a "social" category says about the vital role of public schools in reproducing, as well as creating, social, political, and economic marginalization. (Contains 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas