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1 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Watch this after watching the documentary "A Class Apart" (on American Experience PBS) if possible to understand the full context. The Longoria Affair occurred in 1949 when a decorated WWII veteran body was denied services at the local funeral parlor because he was Hispanic.

This film returns to the town were this occurred and examines attitudes of whites and Hispanics about the event and racism when a Hispanic man tries to have said funeral parlor declared a national heritage site. Various locals are interviewed and the film maker lets them speak for themselves with little commentary.

It is eye-opening; 1949 to 2010. Are the white residents of today being defensive about the past? Are they being defensive about their prejudice against Hispanics? Are the resident Hispanics completely resigned? Why are the whites so opposed to the national heritage designation? Why do they accept the re-naming of the local post office instead?

I've driven through this small south Texas town several times. I never knew it held such history.


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