The “Caucasian Race—Equal Privileges” Texas House Concurrent Resolution, 1943
In 1943, the Texas Legislature passed a Concurrent Resolution affirming that Latin Americans were allies in the war against Nazism and that there would be no discrimination against any member of the “Caucasian Race.”1 This cleverly worded resolution stated that discrimination against Latin Americans was against the Good Neighbor policy of the state. Not having the effect of law, unclear as to who the members of the “Caucasian Race” were, and citing something as vague as “the Good Neighbor policy,” this resolution was nevertheless hailed as a milestone. It would lead to the establishment of the Good Neighbor Commission and consequent programs to promote cultural understanding. All this was largely ceremonial and designed to get Mexico to allow braceros to work in Texas.