La Raza Unida Party started in Crystal City, Texas in response to historic injustices common throughout South Texas. Even though U.S.-born Mexican-Americans represented 90% of the town’s population, they did not hold public office, or have the opportunity to serve in the police or fire department. They were not even allowed to run for cheerleader or student office at the local high school. When the first generation of Chicano college graduates returned home to Crystal City, they challenged the local power structure. In one election Mexican American voters swept the entire city government from office, changing politics permanently in the region.
Cristal was the opening segment of WNET-13’s series Realidades, 1975.
A film by Severo Perez
Original song by Esteban Jordan