Professor Gómez Comments in L.A. Weekly on Use of the Term ‘La Raza’ As Reference to Mexican-American Pride

June 7, 2016 – Professor Laura E. Gómez commented in L.A. Weekly on the use of the Spanish language term “La Raza,” which is used in the name of a Latino lawyers group to which U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel belongs.  Judge Curiel, who is presiding over a court case involving a lawsuit against Trump University, has been accused of bias by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who called the group, “very strongly pro-Mexican.”

"La raza is a phrase that connotes pride and ethnic solidarity among Mexican-Americans," said Professor Gómez. "It became popular in the 1970s, with the rise of the Mexican American civil rights movement, which in many ways was inspired by the African-American civil rights movement of the 1960s but which had many other catalysts as well.  Many civil rights and other organizations use the term in their names.”

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