• The Injustice Never Leaves You

  • Anti-Mexican Violence in Texas
  • By: Monica Muñoz Martinez
  • Narrated by: Kyla García
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (47 ratings)

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The Injustice Never Leaves You

By: Monica Muñoz Martinez
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Between 1910 and 1920, vigilantes and law enforcement-including the renowned Texas Rangers - killed Mexican residents with impunity. The full extent of the violence was known only to the relatives of the victims.

Operating in remote rural areas enabled the perpetrators to do their worst: hanging, shooting, burning, and beating victims to death without scrutiny. Families scoured the brush to retrieve the bodies of loved ones. Survivors suffered segregation and fierce intimidation, and yet fought back. They confronted assailants in court, worked with Mexican diplomats to investigate the crimes, pressured local police to arrest the perpetrators, spoke to journalists, and petitioned politicians for change.

Martinez reconstructs this history from institutional and private archives and oral histories, to show how the horror of anti-Mexican violence lingered within communities for generations, compounding injustice by inflicting further pain and loss. Yet its memorialization provided victims with an important means of redress, undermining official narratives that sought to whitewash these atrocities. The Injustice Never Leaves You offers an invaluable account of why these incidents happened, what they meant at the time, and how a determined community ensured that the victims were not forgotten.

©2018 the President and Fellows of Harvard College (P)2019 Tantor
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Worth the read ! Lots of facts

This book is a game changer right now ! At least for me. The Latino community needs to keep our history alive and push back against ppls desires to keep us quietly struggling. Lots of information in this book !

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meaningful and astonishing.

I loved this book because it revealed what we never learn in history classes across the United States, and would definitely recommend it to anybody looking to uncover truth.

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A direct descendant

I am extremely grateful to Dr. Martinez for telling our stories. History has been whitewashed. Many of us know the truth and now the truth is being recognized and shared.

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Finally!

Talk about doing the research! Horrific stories surrounding “Los Rinches” or the Texas Rangers floated around for years, but never had I read anything like this! So much deoth and detail, accounts from the surviving relatives whose stories were passed down so the truth could finally be told. Thank you for this.

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A valuable history

This book about crimes committed by the Texas Rangers in the early 20th century is an important contribution to Texas history. The author makes great use of oral histories and personal collections adding to the scant documentation preserved in archives. At times I found the story too polemic. The material spoke for itself and did not need further prodding. Readers not as much in agreement with the need to recount this terrible history as I would likely be turned off as a result. I particularly liked the last part of the book that linked the history to today. With respect to sources I did not hear Harris and Sandler's book on the Texas Rangers and the Mexican Revolution quoted. I only listened to the book and this important work may have been referenced in the print version. I also noticed some important omissions, such as a clear identification of who was behind the Plan de San Diego, and some inaccuracies, for example what the Neutrality Laws mandated. Overall, however, a great history that challenges the listener and captures full attention throughout.

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I would like to hear a history of the Mexican American story and not a side note of African American injustice. Those are my thoughts and i have listened and read stories of the African American injustice. I feel when i hear or read these stories unless it is totally relevant to the subject on this or that group it draws away from the struggles that particular group had to endure.

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Great start to learning about the injustice endured by Mi Gente in TX

Great book. Sharing with my family so that they understand our peoples injustice and the terror felt by Mexicans at the hands of Texas lawmen.

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Outstanding case study

Although not exhaustive, this book provides a concise history of the abuse of the state through the agency of the Texas Rangers.

For those people not aware of the atrocities committed by these free wheeling, gun toting ushers of death, this book provides well documented case studies focusing on the period between 1915-1919.

Of course, the Rangers sent to protect white property owners land, which of course, was stolen from Indigenous people, operated with impunity because they were protected at every level of the state machine.

This story hasn’t changed. The author notes how we need to understand the history of abuse to understand how to address the issues we face today.