“Segregation and Discrimination: Grant County Hispanics and Anglos During the Last 150 Years” by Stephen Fox The Silver City Museum is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year. For an exhibition that opened in June on Grant County fifty years ago, I was asked to do some research on the history of segregation and discrimination here. The project has expanded from that point. I gave an earlier version of this talk to the Unitarians in March, bringing the story down to the visit by the Brown Berets in the fall of 1971. This longer iteration winds up in the present day. The highlight is El Reportero newspaper, a fortnightly produced by Gregorio Mesa and Luis Quinones in the mid-to-late 1980s: the most sustained homegrown Hispanic protest over conditions as they were, and the only bilingual newspaper in Grant County. It annoyed a lot of people–but in general they were people who deserved to be annoyed. Even today, some individuals bristle and shut down when El Reportero is mentioned. It remains a defining moment in Grant County history.
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