Raul G. Liendo

As Interviewed by Katherine J., March 10, 2011
"I would always question that."
Raul G. Liendo

Introductory Profile: Raul Liendo

Raul Liendo is one of the many people who lived through the Civil Rights
Movement of the fifties and sixties who were subjected to indirect discrimination such as not being allowed inside the home of a friend and being turned down for jobs in favor of a white person. The injustices that the people of the era suffered or heard about had a profound impact which is seen even today.

Mr. Liendo is a middle-aged, bespectacled Hispanic man who works as a Public Advocacy Manager at Oncor Electric Delivery. He was born on November 9, 1954 in Laredo, Texas. He credits much of his character to his father, a “yellow-dog” Democrat and truck driver. In his earlier years, Mr. Liendo protested the Vietnam War (which his brother served in) quite vehemently, burning draft cards and yelling at men who were about to enlist. Now 56, he considers his picketing days to be over, instead protesting with the vote he casts in elections.

My interview with Mr. Liendo was very cordial. His stories gave insight into what smaller-scale racism was like, especially in Texas. His stories were relevant and entertaining, and he was not hesitant to give the full story. A real voice developed, one that painted Raul Liendo as an independent man with considerable insights that made interviewing him a pleasure.