Mendez v. Westminster: Questions for Caleb

  1. Many people believe that the Mendez v. Westminster case made segregation illegal, but what segregation did it actually continue to make legal?
  2. What were the excuses that school districts in white affluent communities used to justify the segregation of Mexicans from whites?
  3. How would you use the student responses in this article, as well as your nuanced knowledge of the Mendez case, to break the binary of black and white in your American History classroom? What pedagogy would you use? What materials would yo use?
  4. Without stating that this supreme court case was a “precursor” to Brown, how would you as the teacher make connections between the supreme court cases while also acknowledging they are very different? What activity(s) would you do to facilitate this deeper critical analysis?

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