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This manual penned by the founder of the only successful Hispanic political party, La Raza Unida, brings together an impressive breadth of models to either follow or avoid. Quite often, Gutiérrez's voice is not only the seasoned voive of reason, but also that of humor, wry wit and satire. If nothing else, The Chicano Manual on How to Handle Gringos is a wonderful survey of the Chicano and Latino community on the move in all spheres of life in the United States on the very eve of its demographic and cultural ascendancy.

About the Author

JOSE ANGEL GUTIERREZ is the author of A Gringo Manual on How to Handle Mexicans (Arte Público Press, 2001) and The Making of a Chicano Militant (The University of Wisconsin Press, 1998). He is also the translator of Reies López Tijerina's autobiography, They Called Me King Tiger (Arte Público Press, 2000). The founder and former director of the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington, he is a professor of Political Science at the University of Texas at Arlington. He also practicess law in Dallas, Texas, where he lives with his family.
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Product Details

  • Series: Hispanic Civil Rights
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Arte Publico Pr (April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558853960
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558853966
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,270,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By r8dr4ever on July 12, 2012
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Not the first book by JOSE ANGEL ,I've read and as long as he continues to write ,para los CHICANOS !! ( continue to write for CHICANOS)This book is just another ,open your eyes RAZA,and look around us and the things that need to be change , NOW ! MANANA ES HOY !!!!!
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful By P. Monreal on June 18, 2007
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Gutierrez has been fighting for the rights of Chicanos since the age of 22. He founded the Mexican American Youth Organization (MAYO)in 1967. He was the co-founder of The Mexican American Unity Council. He led the group in founding La Raza Unida Party. As a judge and a professor, he has fought for equal treatment and accomplished so much.
The real facts are that Aztlan was stolen from Mexico, The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was ratified on Feb. 2, 1848 & Mexico had no choice but to sign due to their bad government. Polk had wanted to steal more land than planned but Trist had somewhat of a heart and had sympathy for the mexicans. Trist was considered "contemptibly base" by Polk.
People are so ignorant on here and are scared that the truth will come out, since we are lied to in grammar school about real American history and real Americans for that matter. Those of you that don't like Mexicans or Chicanos in our country, can go back to Europe or anywhere else you came from because we aren't going anywhere. As for the military fighting against us, we are half of the military!
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18 of 33 people found the following review helpful By US Activist on April 17, 2006
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There is nothing tongue and cheek about Atzlan or the La Raza Movement. It is similar to the Nazi's after World War 1, who lost lands and wanted to reclaim them in World War 2.

As a result of the Mexican/American war that Mexico waged and LOST, the United States forgave the $3.25 million debt, and paid Mexico $15 million for the ceded territories that included

California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and the western parts of Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico. This Treaty of Guadalupe-Hildago, in which Mexico abandoned its claims to the above territories, was signed on February 2nd, 1848.

Today in schools, businesses and churches in Mexico the people and students are told lies that theses ceded territories above were taken from the Mexicans, and that they have rightful ownership of them. They are invading the United States by the millions to take back these territories sold to the US, in the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hildalgo. They are brainwashing the Mexican citizens to believe it is rightfully theirs. This is nothing less then what Hitler did to the Germans in World War 2.

Vincente Fox is like Hitler and is encouraging his citizens to invade the US and take back these ceded territories.

The United States must take this invasion seriously, and bring the military might of the US upon these Mexican invading forces. Protect our people and lands to the death !

Jose Angel Guiterrez is a radical activist, trying by racism and lies to encourage his fellow Mexicans to invade the United States. There is no humor in an invasion of your neighbors. Just ask Poland, France, Austria, etc. about this when the Nazi's marched into their countries.

Fight back US citizens...be vocal and militant ! !!!

Show Jose Angel Guiterrez his lies and racism won't work.
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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Roberta M. Greenier on February 13, 2007
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Gutierrez is not a racist. In fact he supports Chicanos (AMERICANS from Mexican heritage) in gaining equal footing to basic rights such as education, political rights, ect. There is nothing racist about this notion. In fact if you read the book you would find inspirational accounts of Hispanics who have successfully made a name for themselves which serve to inspire the young Latinos who read thier stories. Young Chicanos, such as myself, need the encouragement that Gutierrez offers in his book in order to realize our political power (which will only grow as we continue to grow in numbers and educate ourselves). Anyone who has misinterpreted Gutierrez's message as racist should reread the book anger and hate aside! :)
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11 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Kiff on January 4, 2006
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I think the previous reviewer missed the fact that this book clearly belongs in the "humor" section, and humor, of course, is relative - one person's funny will always offend someone else.

As a resident of New Mexico, I see the horrific results of discrimination and racism against Hispanics every day. I also see Hispanics rise above their ill treatment with humor, grace, and, of course, a few little "favors" returned in kind.

Gutierrez's book is sharply written, wickedly funny, incisive, and relevant, as is its counterpart, "A Gringo Manual on How To Handle Mexicans", which could be construed as equally racist by a similarly misguided reviewer.

I noticed recently that one of the graduate Spanish classes at the University of New Mexico here in Albuquerque is using Gutierrez's book in class. If it were truly as racist as some people seem to think, I doubt it would have made the reading list.

I do wish Americans would stop assuming that all Hispanics are illegal immigrants who should "sign the guest book" or go home. This view is just as racist as anything Gutierrez might write about. Many Mexican immigrants are citizens or resident aliens with jobs, homes, and families. Many Hispanics (especially here in the southwest) have been here for generations. Albuquerque was a thriving Spanish settlement 300 years ago, long before most of the British colonies of the East Coast even existed. There were Hispanics in the Americas before any English-speaker ever dreamed of coming here, so get over yourselves!
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