an revolution carried on by dark-skinned indigenous peoples such as Morales.
But it was not until he was ejected from a movie house for sitting in the Anglo section (126-7) that the "them" against "us" mentality transformed his life toward social activism. An organized attempt to desegregate the El Rancho Theatre ended in success, and Morales made a project of learning more about the experience of oppression of Mexicans in California. He became involved as a Dept. of Labor employee in improving working conditions for braceros, then in attempting to redress conditions producing gangs in East Los Angeles.
For Morales as an individual, national-origin pride was instilled in him as a child, by way of cultural education from his grandfather. The Aztec calendar, as well as rubber, chicle, vanilla, and chocolate originated in Mexico--though they much more enriched Anglos than Mexicans or Mexican Americans. But his enthusiasm was not always reciprocated. He senses that cultural alienation permeates his own community: "Many Mexican Americans look down upon Mexicans as foreigners" (199).
It was in East L.A., in the context of the notorious Sleepy Lagoon murders, that Morales found social and cultural purpose. Aware of how the Mexicans accused in the murder of a white were more or less railroaded, Morales "became determined to help my community make subs