Esteban Armenta

As interviewed by Hector Armenta, March 23, 2019

Esteban Armenta: In His Own Words

*This is Hector Armenta interviewing Esteban Armenta about the Latino Civil Rights Movement.*

Well hello! My name is Esteban Armenta. I study at Texas A&M University. I am a senior currently. I am Mexican, I was born in Mexico, and I moved to the United States when I was around four or five along with my family and I still have those roots very established within me. I consider myself Mexican above-above all and I’m a international student here at Texas A&M pursuing a degree in architecture.

*Was violence or repression ever directed to you personally?*

I don’t think it was to the degree that it was violent, there wasn’t any verbal attacks per se or physical violence. Repression I think this is more of where this is more true. I think it was more of indirect oppression -and oppression really because of what I look like and because of who I am here at this institution. Being an international student at a big institution like Texas A&M which is predominantly white and conservative. Nobody here is gonna go out and point their finger at me and start being ugly and mean in the sense that however it’s more of an indirect way that these things become apparent, that I would say that that is more true rather than true violence I guess, to answer your question.