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Document Details


Title: Plata, Jose
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: The interview begins with a discussion regarding Mexican American leadership, ethnic tensions, the importance of education, and Plata's role as one of the first openly gay elected officials in Dallas. He reviews gay/lesbian political and social issues and talks about his involvement as a political activist in the Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance as well as the political difficulties he experienced in his bid for election to the Dallas Board of Education due to the public's knowledge about his sexual orientation. After describing his family's genealogy and geographical origins, Plata talks about the importance of education for his family and that it is the number one most important issue for Mexican Americans. He describes his political involvement as a student representative to the National Education Association (NEA) and with the creation of the Department of Education during the Carter administration. Plata discusses Dallas School Board elections and internal politics as well as his campaign style, financing, and management. He talks extensively about the internal political problems between the ethnic groups that made up the Dallas School Board and the numerous corruption scandals in the late 1990's involving some members of the Board and the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Yvonne Rodríguez. He concludes by stating that Dallas School Board politics is so corrupt that educational improvement and student welfare is severely compromised.
Extent: 31 pages
URL: http://libraries.uta.edu/tejanovoices/transcripts/TV_089.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1998 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Plata, Jose, 1954-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1954
Speaker place of birth: Cunningham, TX; Texas; United States; North America
Speaker occupation: Educator
Age at speaking: 44
Document location: Dallas, TX
Document date: 24-Feb-1998
Interviewer: Gutierrez, Jose Angel
Locations discussed: Cunningham, TX; Dallas, TX; North America; Texas; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Cunningham, TX; Dallas, TX; Family; Gay activists; Hispanic American families; Hispanic American leadership--Texas; Hispanic Americans--Texas; North America; Oral history; Political activists; Political campaigns--Texas; Political science; Politicians; Race relations; School administrators; School boards; Students; Texas; Texas--Politics and government; United States
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0000235-180