THIS WEEK ON LATINOPIA: CARLOS SANDOVAL ON A CLASS PART, MIS PENSAMIENTOS WITH ALFREDO SANTOS, MARK GUERRERO’ S EAST L.A. STORIES WITH BOBBY AVILA AND A MOMENT IN TIME ON DOSS VS. BERNAL.
Hola latinopianos! This week we delve into a couple of landmark court cases. Veteran documentary filmmaker Carlos Sandoval talks about how he came to produce the award winning A Class Apart which chronicles the historic Supreme Court decision in Hernandez vs. Texas. In 1954, the 14th Amendment provided “equal protection under the law” for African Americans but not for Mexican Americans. This was because Mexican Americans were considered “white” and already protected. This, even though they were still being lynched.Check out Sandoval’s story of how he was inspired to undertake this documentary.
Along with this we post another of our Moment in Time features, a photo of Esther and Alex Bernal the plaintiffs in another historic legal case involving the 14th Amendment. In this case it was about housing, once again Mexican Americans were denied equal protection under the law because they were considered white. Once again the 14 Amendment was enacted due to their diligence in filing Bernal vs. Doss. Check these out!
Also this week, Alfredo Santos, editor of La Voz newspaper, weighs in with his Mis Pensamientos column on the current elections in Texas and the on-going legacy of the Uvalde massacre.
And last but not least, Mark Guerrero’s East Los Angeles Stories interviews Bobby Avila, another little know but important musician from the golden age of 1960s Chicano music.
Enjoy your week on Latinopia!