Analysis Of Always Running By Luis Rodrigues

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The book I read was Always Running by Luis Rodrigues. The book was published in 1993 and it a memoir. This genre is set in America during the 1960’s to 1970’s, more specifically it is set in Los Angeles. Most of the book highlights gang life and inequalities in America, such as housing inequalities, racism and education. However, in the later of the book it focusses on the Chicano movement during the 1970’s. A common theme in Always running besides gang life is police brutality. In one of the primary documents about the rise of the black panthers Huey newton mentions that the police were impolite and would not hesitate to shoot and kill a black male even at time in the back. This reminded me of when Miguel was shot in the back by police …show more content…
This was a protest against the Vietnam war were Chicanos were killed in action at a higher rate than their white counterparts. During this event Luis states how it was amazing how Chicanos came together young, old, cholo, or students. But as he was hanging out with fellow cholos the police arrived, aggressive, with high power rifles shooting at anyone in the crowd. He challenged one officer who yelled at him to move by stating that it was his park, describing the police as alien authorities. Afterwards, the police hit him and a few others in a wild violent frenzy they followed people into their living rooms to beat and arrest them. When Luis was in police captivity he states that the police sprayed mace into the bus as they were handcuffed, that he was put in murder’s row, instead of juvenile hall, with adults, that the police went into inmates cells just to beat them, and the worst part is that they treated Charles Manson with respect. The first reason why this event is important is because when Luis looks at the crowd and sees different people who look like him with different occupations and backgrounds all fighting for the same reason he finally started to feel as though he belongs somewhere. This feeling of acceptance among peers allows him to have the strength to talk back to a police officer. The second important aspect of this is illustrating police brutality. The police officers were aggressive when they arrived, and they beat up people for protesting for exercising their freedom of assembly. They also treated Charles MAnson with respect probably because he was white and hated people of

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