david montejano

And then let’s say you move out of that part of town, or you go to another city, then you meet nothing but Anglos. I mean, you know, that is strange to you. You have never met this type of people, maybe only as your teacher or your boss, or something else. So, consequently you have an idea that they’re always–that they’re always your boss, your supervisor and they always dress better, nicer, and they always tell you what to do
—  Edgar Lonzano. Quixotes’s Soldiers: A Local History of the Chicano Movement by David Montejano

Residential patterns and residences of the mayor and city council members, 1966. Sourced from David Montejano’s book, Quixotes Soldiers: A local History of the Chicano Movemetn, 1961-1981.

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Embedded within this map, depicting a 1966 San Antonio, is my own interpretation of contemporary colorlines. The lines that I was brought up to internalize, recognize and be wary of.

“Oh don’t go to that side of town, that’s where all the Mexican’s live.”

“Oh, you don’t want to go to that school, that’s where all the black kids go." 

I am tired of the racial anxiety that a white-supremacist nation has embedded within my being. I am tired of the apprehension, the stigma and most of all the self-hate. The ignorance ends when colorlines dissolve - but that won’t happen until the people make it happen.

We are far too segregated in the 21st century.

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