Alex Bernal, Fullerton Civil Rights Hero, to Get His Day in the Academic Symposium Sun at UCLA Nov. 21

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Bernal and his family, in a 1943 Timephoto
There is a lot of great movement going on right now with the story of Alex Bernal, the American citizen of Mexican ancestry whose 1943 fight against housing covenants in Fullerton paved the way for many of the civil-rights achievements for African-Americans and Latinos alike during the 1940s and 1950s. I can't divulge one development just yet, not because I'm a part of it (which I am), but because we need to give it time to see how far it will develop.

But I'm proud to announce that my alma mater, UCLA, is holding a symposium on Bernal's legacy next week.

"Doss v. Bernal: Mexican Apartheid in Orange County 1900-1943" will be held at the UCLA Faculty Center's California Room this coming Monday, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. And although part of me grits my teeth that Orange County historians are allowing an Orange County history event to happen in Los Angeles, it's a wholly OC affair. The curator is UCLA professor and OC resident Robert Chao Romero, the country's leading scholar on the Chinese in Mexico and who's directing his academic eye on Mexican segregation in Orange County from the beginning until today. Making a presentation is Luis F. Fernandez, the Cal State Fullerton grad who's the leading expert on the case. And, most importantly, the Bernal family will also be in attendance to give their reflections on their pioneering papi.

Congratulations, UCLA, for having the cojones to host this event. And to the Orange County Historical Society: what's up?

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Ihateusc
Ihateusc

hey gustavo, do you call robert chao romero a chinito too?  just sayin'

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

I do, bullied chinito, and he laughs, unlike your sorry ass.

Lenny Rivers
Lenny Rivers

"They also serve who only stand and wait." ...John Milton

mitch young
mitch young

"UCLA, for having the cojones to host this'

Oh, give me a break. The whole 'ethnic studies' racket, as well as huge chunks of American history and political science departments, are devoting to whining about how bad 'people of color' had (or even have) it in the USA. Cojones would be an honest examination of the effects of 'block busting' -- particularly in Eastern cities. 

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

And they do, but your unpatriotic ass doesn't bother with reason or facts. Keep crying over the Reconquista, su merthed!

mitch young
mitch young

Wah, wah, wah. Oh, and Gustavo -- I 'served', when did you ever put your ass on the line for anything.

909Jeff
909Jeff

So Lenny,

You really chose to go with an english poet who has been dead for 337 years?

I'm more fond of this quote...

A young man who does not have what it takes to perform military service is not likely to have what it takes to make a living. Today's military rejects include tomorrow's hard-core unemployed. John F. Kennedy

Lenny Rivers
Lenny Rivers

"They also serve who only stand and wait." ...John Milton

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