Fighting Their Own Battles: Mexican Americans, African Americans, and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Texas

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Index
Aaron, James, 163, 164
Abernathy, Ralph David, 142, 151, 189
Adair, Christia V., 19, 55
Advocating Rights for Mexican-American Students (ARMAS), 199–200, 295 (n. 26)
African American/Mexican American conflict: racism and, 1–2, 8, 11, 13–14, 37–38, 62–63, 65–68, 72–73, 127, 195, 215–18, 22728; demographics and, 4, 229, 232, 238; segregation as dividing force in, 6, 68–69, 77, 195–96, 216; geographic distance and, 6–7, 11, 97–98, 127–28, 227, 230; perceptions of cultural and social dissimilarity in, 7, 11, 126, 191, 226–27, 229; racial issues and, 8–9, 10, 40, 56–57, 69–70, 93–96, 98, 188, 189, 191, 238–39; Mexican American whiteness and, 8–9, 14, 35–36, 37–38, 56–57, 70, 103, 127–28, 189, 227–28; intergroup jealousies and, 9, 10, 96, 215, 238; political competition and, 9, 98–100, 113, 191, 224, 228–29, 232, 233, 235–36, 238; violence in, 10, 13–14, 37–38, 188, 218, 226, 234; rhetoric of unity and rhetorical tactlessness and, 10, 56–57, 72–73, 94–96, 100–101, 126, 219–20; over government resources, 10, 101, 112–13, 126–27, 191, 227, 229–30, 238; in Black/Brown Power movement, 10, 187–94, 215–16, 226; Mexican American brownness and, 10, 189–90, 215, 226; cultural nationalism and, 10, 193, 218–19, 230; class biases and tensions and, 11, 226; regional differences and, 11, 226; parallel organizations and, 35, 68–69, 99, 188–89, 191; differing levels of government support as cause of, 36, 38, 40, 68–69, 99–100, 191, 229; tactical differences and, 36–37, 55, 69–70, 72–73, 95, 99, 116, 192–93; fear and indifference and, 38, 64, 77, 191; Mexican American disapproval of black protests and, 76–77, 93–97, 225; lack of familiarity and, 93, 191, 230; comparisons of victimization, 100–101, 109–10, 112, 126, 219–20; ethno-racial self-interest or essentialism and, 97, 101, 126, 127–28, 185–86, 188–89, 191–92, 218–19, 238, 267 (n. 153); Mexican American perceptions that blacks monopolized government aid, 109–11, 112–13, 126; Mexican-American Ad Hoc Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity, 112–13, 126–27; in tri-ethnic committees, 123, 185–86, 217; Poor People’s Campaign and, 151–52; Huelga Schools and, 195, 215–17; cross-racial meetings that grew out of Huelga Schools and, 217; The Black/Mexican-American Project Report and, 221–22; over jobs, 227, 229, 232–33, 238; burden of history and, 230; renewal of Voting Rights Act and, 232; over immigration reform, 232–33; after Hurricane Katrina, 233–34; gang warfare and, 234, 236; over housing, 234, 238; New American Media poll on, 234–35; in 2008 Democratic Party primary election, 235–36
African American/Mexican American cooperation: in Black/Brown Power movement, 10, 11, 164, 174–75, 185–87, 191, 219, 220, 226; in school integration, 11, 34, 41, 220–21; in labor movement, 11, 108, 124-

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