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Document Details


Title: Hernandez, Alex
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: Hernández talks about dissension in Democratic Party politics in Texas. He expounds on the differences between the Democratic Party and Republican Party philosophies and politics, and gives his opinion on why the Republican Party is succeeding in Texas. Hernández identifies several key issues affecting the Mexican American community among which are the high school dropout rate, quality of education, abuse of drugs, and the rising crime rate. He attributes these problems to the lack of economic opportunity for Mexican Americans in the region. He states that the Republican Party compounded the local economic impoverishment problem when they ended Affirmative Action programs in Texas. Hernández assails the welfare system, which he believes has failed in its intended purpose to help the poor and he gives his opinion as to what the actual outcomes have been. Hernández talks about his family history and genealogy and shares childhood memories that describe incidences that were racially motivated. He talks about receiving his B.A. degree at the University of Houston and tells why he subsequently attended law school at Northwestern University in Chicago. He describes the circumstances that encouraged him to run for county judge in 1986, and details how he managed and financed his campaign. Mr. Hernández describes the problems with racist attitudes he faced as county judge trying to get improvement programs initiated. He talks about his efforts to get judicial precincts redistricted so additional precincts could be created to allow for more Hispanic county commissioners. He also tells about his involvement with statewide legislative redistricting in 1990. Hernández concludes the interview with a review of his greatest accomplishments while in office. He states his love for judicial work and his hope to be able to continue his public service work in that arena.
Extent: 80 pages
URL: http://libraries.uta.edu/tejanovoices/transcripts/TV_118.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1997 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Hernandez, Alex, 1951-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1951
Speaker place of birth: Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico; Nuevo León, Mexico; Mexico; North America
Age at speaking: 46
Document location: Victoria, TX
Document date: 30-Nov-1997
Interviewer: Gutierrez, Jose Angel
Organizations discussed: Democratic Party, US; Republican Party, US
Locations discussed: Mexico; Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico; North America; Nuevo León, Mexico; Port Lavaca, TX; Texas; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Community; Democratic Party, US; Drug abuse; Education; Family; Family--History; Hispanic American families; Hispanic American youth; Hispanic Americans--Texas; Law--Texas; Lawyers; Mexico; Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico; North America; Nuevo León, Mexico; Oral history; Port Lavaca, TX; Poverty; Practice of law; Public welfare; Racism; Republican Party, US; Texas; United States
Topics discussed - Other terms: Affirmative Action
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0000210-155