Historical Events/Stories/Do You Remember? (178)

Monday, 21 January 2013 20:19

Discrimination in New Mexico

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On Martin Luther King Day, 2013, I find this article by Marc Simmons, published in the New Mexican particularly appropriate.


I remember the SFHS football team incident well. We students were very angry. During the same period the La Fonda in Santa Fe had its own issues. Louis Armstrong came to town to play a concert at Sweeny Gym. He would not be given a room at La fonda and, I think, ended up at one of the Cerrillos Road Motels. Details are fuzzy but I recall the furor.

In 1932 the Ku Kulx Klanwas active in trying to derail my grandfather's re-election as Governor because he was of Jewish decent. Also in 1932, during my grandfather's second term, there was  legislative committee investigation of discrimination agaainst Hispanics by UNM. Almost resulted in the removaal of Zimmerman as president and had anti-discrimination rallys in Santa F, Taos, Las Vegas, and Springer.

Hopefully, all these incidents from our past teach us to have better futures.


Mike Scarborough: Writes a blog that has much about his book and more. I recommend it and consider it mandatory reading for NM History buffs.


Wednesday, 19 December 2012 18:51

book recommendation

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"Trespassers On Our Own Land" by Mike Scarborough, is the most accurate and best researched account of the 1967 Tierra Amarilla Courthouse raid, he has included a history of NM land grant issues with facts that boggle the mind. The accounting is structured around the oral history of the Juan P Valdez  family from Canjillon, NM who became my friends back at the time of the TA Courthouse raid when I was living in El Rito, NM. I have to say it has reopened feelings I thought had healed.

 Trespassers On Our Own Land: Structured as an oral history of the Juan P. Valdez family and of the land grants of Northern New Mexico by Mike Scarborough

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