In Texas as well as across the south, the Jim Crow system was sustained by continual violence. Mexican Americans in Texas were often victims of lynchings, deportations, and other kinds of harassment. The Texas Rangers often were involved. The legendary Ranger King Fisher is said to have been asked by a boy how many men he had killed. He answered: ‘Seven.’ The boy said: ‘I thought it must be more than that,’ and Fisher replied: ‘I don’t count Mexicans.’ Vigilante justice was also common. For example, Jesus Romo was being held in custody by officers in California when he was taken by a group of masked men and hanged. The majority of the Mexican Americans lynched between 1848 and 1870 were already in custody when they were taken and hanged. This kind of violence was so customary that in 1921 the New York Times reported that in Texas ‘the killing of Mexicans without provocation is so common as to pass unnoticed’.
— Lisa García Bedolla, Latino Politics (via xpinchemalinchex)