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Document Details


Title: González, Ray
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: University of Texas, Arlington. Central Library. Special Collections Department
Collection: Tejano Voices: University of Texas at Arlington Center for Mexican American Studies Oral History Project
Description: González discusses his activities as a member of Mexican American Democrats (MAD) and its efforts to organize Mexican American voters in the Wichita Falls, Texas area. He talks about the difficulties of motivating Mexican Americans to become activists in the political process and about how the political establishment manipulates Mexican American voters to accomplish their objectives. González relates how he gains community wide recognition by volunteering in the community. He explains that it is very difficult to establish Mexican American representation in city government and on the school board because Mexican Americans are so few in number in the Wichita Falls area and they tend to be scattered throughout the neighborhoods instead of centrally located. He identifies education as the most important issue facing the Mexican American community. He tells about his admission to the public swimming pool in Wichita Falls when he as a youth and how psychologically damaging to him the experience was. He credits some of those racial discrimination experiences with fueling his interest in political activism. González elaborates upon his service in the military and his participation in the Vietnam War in which he was injured. He describes his long convalescence from that war injury and the damaging effect the Vietnam War protests had on him emotionally. He concludes the interview by explaining his goals, objectives, and activities in establishing the local Mexican American Democrat (MAD) chapter and his hopes for getting more Mexican American participation in public life leading to achieving political representation.
Extent: 72 pages
URL: http://libraries.uta.edu/tejanovoices/transcripts/TV_072.html
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1997 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Gonzales, Ray A., 1945-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1945
Age at speaking: 52
Document location: Wichita Falls, TX
Document date: 17-Jun-1997
Interviewer: Gutierrez, Jose Angel
Organizations discussed: Mexican American Democrats of Texas
Historical events discussed: Vietnam Conflict, 1955-1975
Locations discussed: North America; Texas; United States; Wichita Falls, TX
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Community; Hispanic American leadership--Texas; Hispanic Americans--Texas; Mexican American Democrats of Texas; North America; Oral history; Political activists; Political science; Racism; Texas; United States; Vietnam Conflict, 1955-1975; Voluntarism; Voting; Wichita Falls, TX
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0000205-150