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Oral history interview with Joaquin Jackson and José Angel Gutiérrez, 1996

Author: H Joaquin Jackson; José Angel Gutiérrez; Lawrence Clayton; Susan Allen; University of Texas at Arlington. Center for Mexican American Studies.
Edition/Format:   Archival material   Book : English
Publication:Center for Mexican American Studies Oral Histories, CMAS no. 012
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José Angel Gutiérrez begins with his high school experience in race discrimination that fueled his political activism. He talks about registering Mexican American voters under the poll tax system and the intimidation of Mexican-American voters and registrants by the presence of Texas Rangers, and particularly notes abuse he personally received from notorious Texas Ranger Captain Alfred Y. Allee. Joaquin Jackson  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Oral histories
Interviews
Named Person: Severita Lara; Bob Bullock; Edward James Olmos; Tommy Lee Jones; Magdaleno Dimas; Jackson family.; Ramsey Muñiz; Alfred Y Sr Allee; Alfred Y Jr Allee; Rebecca Perez; Ezalinda Lara Yedra; Luz Gutiérrez; Louis Sweeten; J L Speer; Josue George Garza; Ramon Garza; Arturo Rodriguez
Material Type: Videorecording, Internet resource
Document Type: Archival Material, Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: H Joaquin Jackson; José Angel Gutiérrez; Lawrence Clayton; Susan Allen; University of Texas at Arlington. Center for Mexican American Studies.
OCLC Number: 430356371
Language Note: The interview was conducted primarily in English but portions are in Spanish, for which English translations are provided.
Notes: Interviewed by José Angel Gutiérrez, Lawrence Clayton, and Susan Allen on August 1, 1996, in Midland, Texas.
Description: 1 videocassette (s) (VHS) : color ; 1/2 in. Transcript : 96 pages ; 28 cm
Other Titles: Tejano Voices
Center for Mexican American Studies Oral Histories
Mexican American Public Figures of Texas

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José Angel Gutiérrez begins with his high school experience in race discrimination that fueled his political activism. He talks about registering Mexican American voters under the poll tax system and the intimidation of Mexican-American voters and registrants by the presence of Texas Rangers, and particularly notes abuse he personally received from notorious Texas Ranger Captain Alfred Y. Allee. Joaquin Jackson provides his personal background and reveals the reasons for the loss of his basketball scholarship while attending West Texas State College in Canyon, Texas. Jackson mentions his work with the Texas Highway Patrol and describes the selection process and how he was chosen by Captain Allee to become a Texas Ranger. Gutiérrez comments on Captain Allee's behavior in the Uvalde courtroom with Josue 'George' Garza, and Jackson details his own actions toward diffusing the situation. Jackson recalls his involvement in Crystal City to uphold the law in order to facilitate election monitoring by Rebecca Perez and Luz Gutiérrez against Sheriff Louis Sweeten's request to have monitors removed. Dr. Gutiérrez and Jackson discuss the La Casita Farms strike and they debate whether police brutality entered into the death of convicted murderer Magdaleno Dimas. Jackson expresses his dislike for unions and Gutiérrez describes a boycott of J.L. Speer's business in Zavala County which resulted in the arrest of sisters Linda (Ezalinda Lara Yedro) and Severita Lara. Gutiérrez reveals the details of his own arrest in Del Rio, Texas, his incarceration in and release from a Mexican jail, and comments on his confrontation with Captain Allee's son Alfred Allee, Jr., also a Texas Ranger. Gutiérrez points out Crystal City's move to block Texas Rangers jurisdiction within Crystal City limits, and Jackson talks about Carrizo Springs police chief Ramon Garza (later a Zavala County sheriff), commenting also on Allee and his son. Gutiérrez speaks of the first time the Raza Unida Party ran as write-in votes on election ballots in the La Salle County Commissioner's race and discusses his encounter with Bob Bullock at getting the Raza Unida Party recognized. Gutiérrez expresses his own racial bias and Jackson emphasizes the importance of education to the Mexican-American community and the detriments of the language barrier. Jackson points to the dispute over the Nueces Strip as the historical source of disparity between Mexican Americans and the Texas Rangers and speaks about early social conditions in Alpine, Texas. The two briefly mention Arturo Rodriguez, the first Mexican American Texas Ranger, and discuss Ramsey Muñiz's downfall after his arrest and incarceration on drug-related charges. Jackson concludes with his work in character roles with motion pictures actors Edward James Olmos and Tommy Lee Jones.

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