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Strategies of SegregationRace, Residence, and the Struggle for Educational Equality$
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David G. García

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520296862

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520296862.001.0001

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The White Architects of Mexican American Education

The White Architects of Mexican American Education

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Strategies of Segregation

David G. García

University of California Press

This chapter identifies the strategies of segregation employed by White architects early in Oxnard's history, focusing on the city's first mayor and school superintendent, Richard B. Haydock. It considers Haydock's public remarks about race and Mexicans alongside his foundational contributions in designing substandard living conditions for Mexican laborers and a segregated school system for their children. Haydock, along with the other city trustees, actually contributed to the very conditions of “filth” they claimed occurred because of Mexican “ignorance.” In doing so, this chapter argues that the racial hierarchy Haydock and the other White architects established in schools functioned to relegate Mexicans, with very few exceptions, to the bottom as a seemingly normal practice enforced well beyond the classroom.

Keywords:   Richard B. Haydock, poor living conditions, Mexicans, public policy, public health, racial hierarchy, Mexican American education, segregation

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