In the summer of 2003 the mainstream media suddenly “discovered” the growing Latino population in the United States. This epiphany was linked to the realization that, voting as a block, Latinos can affect the outcome of national political races.
The real shock of course is that the mass media, and much of the nation, have so long ignored a segment of the population with such a rich history. This history includes a hard-fought series of cases challenging educational segregation in state and federal courts. Marco Portales explores the history of Mexican American cases, particularly those that parallel the African American challenge to Plessy. He even ventures some views about why this story has remained untold.