By Tara Bahrampour, Washington Post, April 24, 2012
A four-decade tidal wave of Mexican immigration to the United States has receded, causing a historic shift in migration patterns as more Mexicans appear to be leaving the United States for Mexico than the other way around, according to a report…
Race, Police, and the Making of a Political Identity: Mexican Americans and the Los Angeles Police Department, 1900-1945
In June 1943, the city of Los Angeles was wrenched apart by the worst rioting it had seen to that point in the twentieth century. Incited by sensational newspaper stories and…
This actually made me cry. How can people be this mean?
A lot of people don’t think I’m Mexican because “I don’t seem, talk or act like one”; “I act more like a ‘white’ person”. But in fact, I’m a first generation American with Mexican immigrant parents (who are now legal American citizens). Because of this mix of cultures and ideals, I tend go back and forth with illegal immigration laws. I do owe my life to it now. On the other hand, America is my home and I understand how and why illegal immigration is a serious problem. Still, reacting in this way is extremely racist and hurtful. Just because you don’t agree with the way we got here, doesn’t mean we’re the abomination of this country — racist people like this are.
I don’t usually post stuff like this but my friend posted it on Facebook just a bit ago, and I just had to share and write my thoughts on it, I guess.
Zoot Suit Riots:
The Zoot Suit Riots were a series of riots in 1943 during World War II that erupted in Los Angeles, California between white sailors and Marines stationed throughout the city and Latinoyouths, who were recognizable by the zoot suits they favored. While Mexican Americans and military servicemen were the main parties in the riots, African American and Filipino/Filipino American youth were also involved. The Zoot Suit Riots were in part the effect of the infamous Sleepy Lagoon murder which involved the death of a young Latino man in a barrio near Los Angeles.