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Unformatted text preview: PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR ARTICLE This article was downloaded by: [EBSCOHost EJS Content Distribution - Current] On: 19 December 2010 Access details: Access Details: [subscription number 925797205] Publisher Routledge Informa Ltd Registered in England and Wales Registered Number: 1072954 Registered office: Mortimer House, 37- 41 Mortimer Street, London W1T 3JH, UK Equity & Excellence in Education Publication details, including instructions for authors and subscription information: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=t713770316 The Other White: Mexican Americans and the Impotency of Whiteness in the Segregation and Desegregation of Texan Public Schools Phoebe C. Godfrey a a University of Connecticut, To cite this Article Godfrey, Phoebe C.(2008) 'The Other White: Mexican Americans and the Impotency of Whiteness in the Segregation and Desegregation of Texan Public Schools', Equity & Excellence in Education, 41: 2, 247 261 To link to this Article: DOI: 10.1080/10665680801963558 URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10665680801963558 Full terms and conditions of use: http://www.informaworld.com/terms-and-conditions-of-access.pdf This article may be used for research, teaching and private study purposes. Any substantial or systematic reproduction, re-distribution, re-selling, loan or sub-licensing, systematic supply or distribution in any form to anyone is expressly forbidden. The publisher does not give any warranty express or implied or make any representation that the contents will be complete or accurate or up to date. The accuracy of any instructions, formulae and drug doses should be independently verified with primary sources. The publisher shall not be liable for any loss, actions, claims, proceedings, demand or costs or damages whatsoever or howsoever caused arising directly or indirectly in connection with or arising out of the use of this material. EQUITY & EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION, 41 (2), 247261, 2008 Copyright C University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Education ISSN: 1066-5684 print / 1547-3457 online DOI: 10.1080/10665680801963558 The Other White: Mexican Americans and the Impotency of Whiteness in the Segregation and Desegregation of Texan Public Schools Phoebe C. Godfrey University of Connecticut This article analyzes the legal classification of Mexican Americans as other white as argued in a number of critical court cases that beginning in the 1930s up to the 1970s attempted to desegregate public schools in Texas. Since the Texas constitution declared school segregation as being only for colored children, Mexican Americans in their fight against de facto segregation sought to claim their legal classification as white. My objective is to further analyze these cases as presented in the literature in order to examine what the relationship between Mexican American whiteness as a legal category versus their otherness as a social category says about the vital role of public schools in reproducing, as well as creating, social, political, and economic marginalization.reproducing, as well as creating, social, political, and economic marginalization....
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