Its Been 25 Years Since California’s Prop. 187but It Never Really Went Away

In the Southwest, every quarter-century or thereabouts, Mexican-Americans get messed with by the White Man. Thats what I plan to tell my kidsages 10, 12, 14when the time comes to have the race talk. Before they graduate high school, I intend to lay out the facts of life for the estimated 30 to 35 million Mexicans and Mexican-Americans in this country. They should know that, as U.S. citizens, they live in the greatest country in human history, that they have unlimited opportunities, that hard work and perseverance pays off, and that they should avoid playing the victim. But they should also be aware thatalong with the constant annoyance of being of two worlds but belonging to neither, the oddity of …