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The Lie About my Inferiority
Evolution of a Chicana Activist



New book by Arizona teacher, activist and lawyer Cecilia D. Esquer evokes the
Chicano Movement, struggle to overcome stereotypes against Mexican-
Americans.  

Mesa, Arizona (September 13, 2010) – The decades of the 1960s and 1970s
were a crucial time for Mexican-Americans to organize and fight to achieve civil
rights. For new author Cecilia D. Esquer it was also a time to overcome prejudice
and racism through education, activism and political participation.

Esquer is the author of a new book titled “The Lie About My Inferiority, Evolution
of a Chicana Activist,” a memoir that tells not only her own story; it also
chronicles an important segment of –until now– unwritten Chicano history.

“History textbooks do not include much information on the Chicano movement,”
explains Esquer. “I want readers, especially young people, to learn about the
experiences of many Chicanos in the turbulent 1960s and 1970s. This is
important in today’s racially charged atmosphere. Today’s youth should not be
deterred when confronted with discrimination.”

Esquer’s personal account describes the social moods and attitudes of the times,
and exposes the additional challenges Chicanas faced as women to overcome a
treatment of inferiority. “Success for a Chicana (woman and Hispanic) in the
1970s and 1980s involved overcoming stereotypical views, obstacles that no
longer could be ignored,” reveals Esquer. “As I encountered these obstacles, I
was transformed from an apolitical high school Spanish teacher into a Chicana
activist, thus the subtitle of my book: ‘Evolution of a Chicana Activist’.”

In her book, Esquer, who took a step further from activism by becoming a
lawyer, reflects on circumstances that encouraged her to defy social
assumptions. “Looking back, I feel I turned the corner when I was teaching at a
high school which engaged in overt discriminatory treatment of minority
students,” the author remembers. “As I questioned the actions by teachers and
administrators, I was reprimanded by my Principal and ostracized by some of my
fellow teachers. I found a voice I did not know I had. I began to question and
challenge this negative treatment. I became an advocate for the Mexican
American and Yaqui students.”

“The Lie About My Inferiority, Evolution of a Chicana Activist,” –published by
Latino Book Publisher, an imprint of the Hispanic Institute of Social Issues– was
presented on Thursday, September 16, at the Tempe Historical Museum.

Book Information
Author: Cecilia D. Esquer
Title: The Lie About My Inferiority, Evolution of a Chicana Activist
ISBN 978-1-4507-1883-7
276 pages (Includes photographs)
Language: English
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