What Can We Learn From the Zoot Suit Riots of 1943?
What can the Zoot Suit Riots of 1943 teach us about anti-immigrant, anti-Latino sentiment in the U.S. today? Before today’s concept of “fake news,” how racist and inflammatory was yellow journalism during this dark period in California history? The LMC speaks with Gerardo Licón on what we can learn from the riots.
Licón is an assistant professor in the Program of Latin American Studies at the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire.
Featured image: The Council for Latin American Youth sent this telegram to President Franklin Roosevelt urging his attention to the Zoot Suit Riots in Los Angeles. (Public Domain)