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The Hispanic Conundrum The Chicano Movements Struggle for Equality and Segregation Each time a man or woman stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others or strikes out against injustice they send a tiny ripple of hope and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance Robert F Kennedy Background The term Chicano is a term used in describing MexicanAmericans It was originally used a derogatory label for Mexicans who had recently arrived in the United States In the 1960s militant and Mexican Americans accepted it as a symbol of self-determination and ethnic pride The term Chicano has since become a common synonym for the ethnic term Mexican-American among that ethnic minority Since the Spanish conquest of the New Worldapproximately four hundred years ago persons of the Mexican decent in the United States had been dominated by Americans of European decent With the creation of organizations to facilitate US citizenship and to foster patriotism among Mexican Americans this system of domination soon began to change In 1929 many people came together to form the LULAC or The League of Latin American citizens This organization supported accommodation to middle class American standards After World War II upon their return Mexican American soldiers organized the American GI forum According to Grolier they sought ethnic separation as well as parity with Anglo-American institutions mainly through legal means The Chicano movement or movements was born during the disorderly era of 1950-1970 Its initial driving force was from the charismatic preacher Reies Lopez Tijerina In Northern Mexico he fought to regain control of ancestral lands He became involved in civil rights causes within six years and also became a cosponsor of the Poor Peoples March on Washington in 1967 httpmembersaolcomhtajmt81myhomepage Studies of human behavior are mirrors of the culture that produces them
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