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Fighting Their Own BattlesMexican Americans, African Americans, and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Texas$
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Brian D. Behnken

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834787

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877876_behnken

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Advancing the Cause of Democracy

Advancing the Cause of Democracy

The Origins of Protest in the Long Civil Rights Movement

(p.13) 1 Advancing the Cause of Democracy
Fighting Their Own Battles

Brian D. Behnken

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes how the black citizens of South Dallas suffered more than fifteen racially motivated bombings in 1950. Like bombings in Birmingham, Alabama, and other southern cities, the terrorist acts in Dallas stemmed from the migration of blacks out of overcrowded segregated neighborhoods and into areas zoned for white use. In South Dallas, however, two of the main suspects were Mexican American men who felt threatened by the encroachment of African American families into white neighborhoods. One of these individuals, Pete Garcia, later admitted that he had painted “For Whites Only” signs in the neighborhood, threatened black home buyers with a knife, and chased two African American real estate agents out of the area.

Keywords:   black citizens, South Dallas, racially motivated bombings, terrorist acts, segregated neighborhoods, Pete Garcia

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