La Raza Unidad

849 Words4 Pages
La Raza Unidad La Raza Unida Party: A Chicano Challenge to the U.S Two Party Dictatorship Khalid Akari SID: 860933235 Chicano Studies: Section 26 The novel La Raza Unida Party: A Chicano Challenge to the U.S Two Party Dictatorship written by Armando Navarro is a novel about the rise and formation of the La Raza Unida Party and its adverse effects on the American political system and its influences on the “Chicano Experience”. Navarro first explains the history of third parties and their impacts on American politics to establish what third parties are and what they have been and done in the past. He uses the history of the third parties to support his claim of the tyranny committed by the two-party system of the United States. The author explains the two-party system has formed a so called dictatorship in the United States and explains how the only remedy for this and to provide a true democracy in the U.S is for other types of political parties to interject themselves into the American Political system, namely third parties. Navarro utilizes a big portion of the book explaining La Raza Unida’s history and influences as a third party beginning from the 1960’s in Texas from where it grew out from the Chicano movement occurring during the time period. He focuses on the party’s growth from the grievances of Mexican-Americans in the Southwestern regions and how its formation was fueled by the injustices done by “the gringos”. He explains how the Chicano organizations, specifically MAYO, helped form the party and how a man named José Angel Gutiérrez was a driving force behind the party’s creation in Texas. The author then explains it success throughout its time period and how it influenced politics as a third party, he explained how it was able to be a force that was able to put Chicanos into political positions and he explains how it was a force not to be
Open Document