A Chicano Manual on How to Handle Gringos


by José Angel Gutiérrez

ISBN: 978-1-55885-396-6
Publication Date: April 30, 2003
Bind: Trade Paperback
Pages: 224

A tongue-in-cheek guide by one of the four acknowledged leaders of the Chicano Movement.

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 Under this somewhat threatening title, the renowned civil rights leader José Angel Gutiérrez provides a guidebook to minority empowerment through the use of analysis, practical experience and anecdote.  His primary goal is the conversion of Latino demographic power into educational, economic and political power.  In an incisive introduction, Gutiérrez analyzes the types of power and evaluates Chicano and Latino access to power at various levels in U.S. society. In very plain, down-to-earth language and examples, Gutiérrez takes pains to make his broad knowledge and experience available to everyone, but especially to those who want to be activists for themselves and their communities. For him the empowerment of a minority or working-class person can transfer into greater empowerment of the whole community.

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 voice 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.

JOSÉ ANGEL GUTIÉRREZ is the author of The 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 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 practices law in Dallas, Texas, where he lives with his family.

Learn more by visiting his faculty page.