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Passing the “Brown Paper Bag Test” in Segregated Schools

For many Mexican-American students growing up under the Jim Crow laws of the American Southwest in the 1950s, the question of what public school they would attend had little to do with their Spanish surnames. The deciding factor was their skin tone. Rogelio Granados, 66, attended public schools in Crystal City, Texas—home of the 1969 […]

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Chinese-Tibetan Relations

At the high school where I used to teach, students grouped themselves into “Yanks” and “Zoes.” Yanks were the African-American students. Zoe is a slang term to refer to a person of Haitian descent. In Miami, the Zoe Pound is a gang started by Haitian immigrants. When I took pictures of my students, they would […]

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