There was a local Laredo showing of The Longoria Affair documentary not long ago. I missed it by accident. I knew it would be out soon on PBS and the website is showing it free of charge until November 16th.
The Longoria Affair focused on a Three Rivers case involving a Mexican American soldier’s death. He was denied services in the only local Three Rivers funeral home and it triggered a civil rights movement of Mexican Americans. Dr. Hector Garcia grabbed on to the Three Rivers incident and utilized the newly formed American G.I. Forum to create changes.
There is even a corrido dedicated to the Longoria affair. They play a bit in the video.
It was a very interesting documentary by John J. Valadez, showing both the white population and how they viewed what happened and the Mexican Americans who rallied around this particular case. If you have a spare hour to watch it, do so. South Texas always surprises me with its rich history.
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