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 United States war with Mexico continues to be a divisive topic among many people because of its background. The Mexican-American war was a fight between Mexico and America for land. America’s belief at the time was Manifest Destiny, which meant that they believed that America should extend from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific ocean. In the end, America benefited from the war and got the land. The United States expanded its size, achieving their dream of Manifest Destiny.
Right after Pancho Villa’s famous raid on Columbus, New Mexico, 1916, U.S army general John J. tried to capture Pancho Villa in a nine month search but they unsuccessfully failed to find him. The Mexicans helped Villa hide when the Army would come close to him. Their even more about that later Villa retired in 1920 and was given a large estate which he was turned into a “military colony” for his fellow soldiers. It was during this time that Doroteo Arango began using the name Francisco "Pancho" Villa. "Pancho" is a common nickname for "Francisco."
Still his greatest challenge was ahead; Mutsuhiro “the Bird” Watanabe. Under his reign Louie would be pushed past his breaking point, humiliated, and beat, but still stay true to himself. “Of all the violent and vile abuses that the Bird had inflicted upon Louie, non had horrified and demoralized him as this did. If anything is going to shatter me, Louie thought, this is it” (Hillenbrand 291). Louie was taken off work duty because his is injured, but begs for a job so he can keep a higher food ration.
The author gives insight on how many ways the Spaniards used their power to assist in the downfall of the Aztecs. The reason why the Spaniards became victorious, was because the Spaniards were looked upon as if they were gods because of their outer appearance. The Aztecs broke bread and welcomed the Spaniards with gifts and parties. The Aztecs triggered their relationship with the Spaniards by holding a ritual for the arrival of the god which included a human sacrifice. The Spaniards didn’t agree with the rituals and began to despise the Aztecs.
A social bandit is someone who is tired of law enforcements not taking action when the people are being oppressed, and decides to take matter into his own hands. Joaquin Murieta was called the Mexican Robin Hood by the people and a desperado by those who opposed him. Like many in the mid 1800s, Murieta traveled to California in search of wealth in the mines. After some mishaps, oppression and running into trouble with neighboring Anglos, Murieta later rebelled and turned to a life of crime. But he only committed crimes against those oppressed him and his people.
Before the revolution, there was a Mexican leader called Benito Juarez he increased educational opportunities and economic equality. Then there was a dictator who was Porfirio Diaz, the choices he made caused the people in Mexico to rebel against him. Therefore, the revolution had started by the tremendous disagreement over the ruling of Porfirio Diaz, which he decided that the rich people should be treated like royalty and the poor should be treated poorly. Who lead the revolution you may ask? The leaders were Emiliano Zapata, Pancho villa, and Francisco L. Madero, the people of Mexico including women joined the fight.
In retaliation to the unjust conditions for migrant farmers in California, Jim Casy organizes a strike against unfair wages. He also even willingly goes to jail in order to serve as a sacrificial symbol towards his cause. Towards the end of the film, Tom Joad decides that it is in his best interest to leave the family behind and pursue fighting injustices against migrant farmers in any way he can. Another way this conflict is resolved is at the end of the film when Ma Joad says: “We’re the people that live” (Grapes of Wrath). She describes that their ability to persevere through hard times is empowering and makes them a stronger people.
When the Spanish took over the Aztec capital city, Sepúlveda remarks of how the Native Americans were “oppressed and fearful at the beginning.” The Native Americans were seen as weak willed, for they barely resisted the conquest of their homes. If the Native Americans showed no incentive of retaliating and were better at manual work, it seemed natural to the Spanish that they be enslaved. The Native Americans, on the other hand, saw the Spanish in a different light as well as they watched many Spaniards become obsessed with gold. The Spanish were given Gold as gifts and went crazy just holding it and lusting for more, like savage monkeys. The Spanish, by nature, couldn’t help but become greedy monsters for gold, because in Europe riches were equivalent to power.
He faced extreme prejudice based on his family’s perceived infractions against the regime. The prisoners are kept in terrible conditions and forced to do hard labor for generations, unlike the Nazis who sought to destroy the Jewish population completely, the North Korean government seek to torture their prisoners without an end plan. The treatment of the North Koreans prisoners parallels that of the Jewish
Jose Antonio Navarro was a very important man because he was involved in the Texas Revolution. He was born on February 27, 1795, and he was sent to Saltillo, Mexico as a young child, and injured his leg that didn 't heal properly which caused him to have a limp. The same year he injured his leg father died from a severe illness. He learned the merchant trade which was his father´s occupation, and has his own trade post, but specialized in Mexican Law. Which didn´t really make any sense.
The Zoot Suit Riots reveal that the American society in Los Angeles during the WWII Era was racially discriminated against Mexicans/Mexican Descents because Mexicans/Mexican Descents were known to wear Zoot Suits while zoot suitors were perceived as criminals. During this time, the Zoot Suit Riots occurred causing the “Spanish-speaking community” to be in a hard situation of being excluded from society and their surroundings. Mexicans/Mexican Descents wore Zoot Suits as a trend with the thought that this would help them “fit in” with the American style. Instead, Zoot Suitors end up being viewed as a “bad” image. The sailors would go into the Mexican neighborhoods and harm any Mexican (and Zoot Suit wearers) in sight.
Around the 1960s, many individuals in this group were faced with difficult issues throughout their lives. Whites treated these individuals with disrespect, discrimination, and viewed themselves as superior compared to the inferior chicanos. In the year 1848 Mexico lost in the Mexican American War which made them look powerless and weak to the whites, due to them winning over all of the Mexican Territory. Due to Americans winning the war, all property now belonged to them.
The actions of the Spanish in South America were mostly war. But the Spanish did not win through force, they won through trickery. Take for example Hernan Cortes, he won the battle for what is now Mexico City, by first staying in the enemy’s city, and then killing their leader, retreating, and then cutting off the water and food supply of the Aztecs, waiting for their surrender. Then there was the conquest led by Francisco Pizarro, who also won his battle with “trickery”, though his is more of a confusion. His enemy was already weakened after some civil-wars, and he decided to take the enemy while they were surprised.
On the contrary, Mexicans and other immigrants just answered to the demand for laborers. For years, many Mexican people risked their lives to work in America. Unfortunately, they have suffered discrimination, and some official U.S regulations have been set in place to deport people back to Mexico (ex. Operation Wetback in 1954). However, those same issues and patterns of Mexican migration continue today which puts this topic at the center of national debate and subjects Mexicans immigrants to negative criticism.