Kia Franklin

Muy Bizzarro…

Talk about bizzarre: A racist 1931 law banning "Spanish or Mexican" people from certain buildings in a small Texas town was just abolished. To add to the absurdity, the 2000 census recorded that the South Texas town was 97% Latino. An anti-Latino ordinance in a predominantly Latino town...

Clearly this obscure racist law has sat on the books without notice for quite some time. But I consider it a marker of both how far we've come and how far we still have yet to go that this law managed to survive (albeit in technicality only) for so long.

What do you think? How do you think the existence of laws like this affect our perception of the legal system?

Update--While I'm at it, I might add that while overtly anti-Latino ordinances are being taken off the books, the racial overtones of many anti-immigrant laws and policies keep this sentiment alive. For starters, check out: Immigration 101 and MALDEF's publications on anti-immigrant ordinances.

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Posted at 9:44 AM, May 06, 2008 in Discrimination | In the News | Racial Discrimination
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