Not only did Pedro’s station feature music, it also fostered a preservation of Mexican culture, traditions, language, and music during a time where Mexican culture was viewed as a less than and was subject to racism. Mexicans were used as an excuse and scapegoat for the failing economy during the great depression so Pedro used his show to combat that racism. In fact, Pedro gained such a following and respect from Mexicans that the white people in powerful positions in Los Angeles began to feel threatened by him and the possibility that he could start some kind of uprising just by his request. They tried to end his show so many times by arresting him for no good reason but finally, they got him for a false accusation of rape which somehow made it through the court system. Pedro was subject to terrible torture and cruel living conditions in prison.
Since Salazar was of Mexican decent he was the obvious choice to write about the uproars occurring in East Los Angeles involving the Latino Community. During this time the Chicano power movement was in full effect. Salazar’s topics included the inferior quality of education given to Mexican-American students, police discrimination, and racial partiality. Salazar felt the media should take an objective view point however that was not the case resulting in one sided statements. He exposed Chicano leadership who exploited the cause for profit as well.
The movie also challenges the criteria because it is a film directed by a non-Chicano, Herbert Biberman, but that inadequacy was compensated since most of the actors were local Mexican-American union associates who had experience and direct involvement in the historical fight for their rights. I chose this film because it showed how hard the union workers and families worked in fighting racial injustices, and because it inspired myself to move forward with strong ideologies and pride. 2. Stereotyping in mass media was an important concern of Chicana/o media activists because it imprinted a demeaning label by only casting Chicana/o actors with "minor roles: villains, sidekicks, temptresses, where their main function is to provide the protagonists, typically a handsome white
With time, the term gained more popularity and it was used more often than before. However, even after this period, many Mexican Americans viewed the term as distracting as it represented the refusal to be identified. It is for this reason that most people still find it hard to identify themselves with the term. The Mexican American culture dates back to the era of slavery where the Indian people were being colonized by the Spanish. The pro-native nature of Chicano nationalism is based on the nature of the Mexican national identity in which the culture is heavily induced in the Spanish and indigenous cultures.
Mexican Americans/Chicanx people in the United States throughout the 20th century have always had disadvantages in the United States. They been fighting oppression, discrimination and equal rights in this country. From establishing a colonial labor system, enforced immigration laws, LAPD police brutality, El Plan de Aztlán, El Plan de Santa Bárbara, and the 1968 walkouts. The history of Chicanx people in this country is huge but is still not really well known by many but thanks to all of the fighting for equal rights that Chicanx people fought for we now have ethnic classes that teaches us about our own history and empower us to keep on fighting for our rights. All the way back to the industrialization era in the United States, the economy grew and new opportunities of labor became available.
Jackie Robinson inspired many young African-Americans into believing they could be more than what their oppressors believed and be successful in a “white world”. “The courage and grace with which Robinson handled the abuses inspired a generation of African Americans to question the doctrine of “separate but equal” and helped pave the way for the Civil Rights Movement,” (Goldstein). Robinson changed the mindset of Civil Rights activists, all the sudden African-Americans had an idol competing and fighting through the same issues they were but on a national stage exposing the horrors and nastiness of racial extremism. Not only did he expose the level of racism in America but he led the way in solving it as professional athletes. “Robinson led other ballplayers in urging baseball to use its economic power to desegregate Southern towns, hotels and ballparks,”(Goldstein).
As stated before, though these both were harsh tragedies that happened in the world; it also brought the United States and other parts of the world together as a whole. Following the 9/11 attacks to support the United States for example many countries came together to show support to the United States and after the 9/11 attacks Americans began protesting and reconvening around the popularized phrase, "United We Stand," this was done so that Americans would keep the worlds hope alive in the midst of a terrible tragedy. The outcome of Red Scare enabled many states to pass the Criminal Syndicalism law that would outlaw acts of violence in securing social change; this law included limitations of free speech. In conclusion the Red Scare of 1919-1920 was set of by a fear of the Bolshevism and anarchism that Americans thought would soon be brought to America; along with the labor movement which then commenced the paranoia of the demarcated period. On the other hand the motives for the 9/11 attacks were stated to be a religious war; this also included reasoning’s as vast as the aggression of Jews in Lebanon against the Muslims, and the Americans holding sanctions against the
Now that the facts are out in the open and you can tell that there is a big difference in the numbers between minorities and white people it is the criminal justices system to fix this internal problem. If they cant it will be up to the government to crack down and regenerate this fairness and equality among us citizens. Unfair treatment has been going on for long enough in this country, it has taken many different shapes and forms but has been present in one way or another. People are drawn to this country because they believe it is better than wherever they may have came from, but is that really true? It may certainly seem like that, but once you are exposed to what is going on then you may have to rethink.
Culture influences every single person in this world, but for Hispanic culture has been the most prominent for being that my family and some friends are of Hispanic dependence. Having family in Mexico and to experience firsthand how Hispanic people have it harder that most Caucasians I have made it my goal to help Hispanics live a better life and teach them to learn their rights in this country. Many Hispanic adults find it hard to be heard, barriers of language often make them a target for theft and unfair treatment. Being Hispanic and bilingual has been one of my greatest advantages because I am who people count on to help those that ca only speak Spanish. As a dental assistant I have helped many get dental help and I have taught them how to defend themselves.
Like stated above, the city has the Hispanic culture everywhere you go. It feels unfair that people have to think,feel, and be like an American and to forget the culture they grew up and are used to. This problem does make the border patrol agents look like real villains even