Gringo Justice is a comprehensive analysis and interpretation of the experiences of the Chicano people with the legal and judicial system in the United States. Beginning in 1848 and working to the present, a theory of Gringo justice is developed and applied to specific areas—displacement from the land, vigilantes and social bandits, the border, the police, gangs, and prisons. A basic issue addressed is how the image of Chicanos as bandits or criminals has persisted in various forms.
“Mirandé examines the relationship of the legal system to Chicanos, emphasizing its role in the mobilization of bias against Chicanos as well as the expropriation of their land. Extensive attention is given to the development of the bandito and gang images and the use, in changing forms, of these stereotypes to mobilize anti-Chicano relations. The book is detailed and highly instructive in the specific legal means used to deprive Chicanos of their Mexican land grants following the U.S. conquest of Mexican territory. . . . More than 325 references provide an excellent overview of materials on Chicano history and Anglo-Chicano relations, and are drawn from a wide variety of academic, historical, and popular writings on these topics.” — Choice
“Gringo Justice should become part of the required reading list in Chicano Studies classes." — Aztlan
“[Gringo Justice] is a seminal work that will, no doubt, prompt further discussion and investigation. Mirandé’s primary point of contention is that Anglo-American courts, police, the media, and the social sciences have presented negative images of Chicano society, particularly its barrio youth, through the use of a subtle but powerful technique called the mobilization of bias. The technique directs the emphasis away from the exploitation and subordination of the Chicano toward the problems and inadequacies of the barrio by portraying Chicanos as violent and criminal. . . . The end result is a double standard of justice in which one system is applied to Anglo-American society, another to Chicano. When Chicanos internalize the negative images and begin to blame themselves and their culture for their subordination, the mobilization of bias has come full circle. . . . [Mirandé’s] treatment of the technique of mobilization of bias and the role of the gangs in Chicano society and his ideas concerning theoretical perspectives for studying the Chicano are both provocative and compelling." — Journal of American Ethnic History