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The Los Angeles "Zoot Suit Riots" Revisited: Mexican and Latin American Perspectives

Richard Griswold del Castillo
Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos
Vol. 16, No. 2 (Summer, 2000), pp. 367-391
DOI: 10.2307/1052202
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1052202
Page Count: 25
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The Los Angeles "Zoot Suit Riots" Revisited: Mexican and Latin American Perspectives
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Abstract

The so-called Zoot Suit riots in Los Angeles in June of 1943 made Latin Americans more aware of the negative racial attitudes within the United States toward Mexicans. Through the publicity surrounding the riots, they also first learned of the existence of a large ethnic group of Mexican origin. This knowledge, however, often came with an additional message that the Mexican American culture was not worthy of esteem by respectable people. / Los disturbios llamados "Zoot-Suit" que ocurrieron en Los Angeles en Junio 1943 hizo saber a los latino americanos que las actitudes de los norteamericanos hacia los mexicanos no eran muy positivas. A través de la publicidad durante los disturbios, aprendieron por la primera vez de la existencia de un gran grupo étnico de origen mexicano en los Estados Unidos. Desgraciadamente esta información vino con otro mensaje que la cultura de los mexicoamericanos no era digna de honor por la supuesta gente decente.

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