an exercise in miscellany

Zoot Suit Riots

In history, wild card on October 25, 2011 at 6:43 am

The Zoot Suit Riots were a series of riots in 1943 during World War II that erupted in Los AngelesCalifornia between white sailors and Marines stationed throughout the city and Latino youths, 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. The incident triggered similar attacks against Latinos in BeaumontChicagoSan DiegoDetroitEvansvillePhiladelphia, and New York.

Zoot Suit Riots

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  1. Riots have long been the norm!

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