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Abalos / Civil Rights in Media, Part Two

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Abalos: Come on, I cannot remember his last name, but he got hired and Domingo got hired. Then, our friends the general manager called and said they wanted to hire a Hispanic. It just so happened that her major was mass media, she was still in college and maybe like her second year. And he hired her to do the weather. She could tell the stories about the reactions she got. Calling about her heritage. About her being Mexican and what is she doing. Of course, she had no experience and learn on the air pretty much. They would tell her to put her hair down, wear her hair up, that color does not look good on you, ridiculous things. People feel they have the right to tell media people, it amazes me she was 19 years old and would get threatening letters. She had people calling her and telling her I like your hair up, I like your hair down. They said do not wear this or do not wear that. Anyway, it was an experience for her. But she did it. And she was the one that got hired as a result of the lawsuit. Richard was the one who brought it to Odessa. He, along with the other attorneys that filed the lawsuit.

Interview Interview with Delma Abalos
Subjects Work
Work › Occupations
Work › Gendered Work
Education › Higher Education
Media › Mainstream Media
Work › Types of Work
Tags Abalos, Richard
Hacues, Domingo
Elliot, Dores
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Interview date 2016-07-14
Interview source CRBB Summer 2016
Interviewees Abalos, Delma
Interviewers Moye, Todd
Wisely, Karen
Zapata, Joel
Locations Odessa, TX
Duration 00:01:45
Citation "Civil Rights in Media, Part Two," from Delma Abalos oral history interview with Todd Moye, Karen Wisely, and Joel Zapata,  July 14, 2016, Odessa, TX, Civil Rights in Black and Brown Interview Database,, accessed April 20, 2024