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    to describe in words, but one can hear the saxophone, trumpet, drum, trombone and bass being performed in a steady beat. The song’s intro highlights the jazz’s influence with the long note of trumpet accompany by slight drum playing and the saxophone solo after the first verse. Since jazz is the music of African American, sailors in the riots may have associated “Chicas Patas Boogie” with the minority group and attacked them during the riots. The song can also be linked to Mexican American community because the lyrics of the song are in Spanish with a hint of Calo. However, the vocal in the song was sung in a blue and rhythm manner rather than in Mexican American’s style like the corridor. The subtle clapping and the fixed rhythm scheme in the song make it an ideal song for the dancing clubs in downtown Los Angeles and the attendees of these clubs usually wear cloth more loosely than normal to prevent restrictions on their dancing movements. This style of loose suit or the “zoot-suit” is often linked with Mexican American because of the infamous riot took place in downtown Los Angles, along Figueroa Boulevard. But not of people realize zoot suit was actually associated with African American youth in the 1940s and provided several “racial connotations as the preferred choice of hip black men and entertainers.” 7 Moreover,…

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    stop them from expressing their culture. The Mexicans in this time period were very protective over what they owned and where they lived. If you messed with one of the Zoot Suit members then you will have to face them all. Zoot Suit members would start things with people for no reason, which would be understandable since most of them were young teenage boys who thought they were tough. Sailors soon became annoyed with these young boys and in 1943 one of the biggest riots erupted between them and…

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    In the early 1940’s, Los Angeles was in a world of racial disperse and discrimination that exploded in result of the Zoot Suit Riots. The Zoot Suit Riots was a series of racial conflicts between Mexican American youth and U.S servicemen because of the “Zoot Suits” that they donned upon their backs. What was once a expression of freedom within the Chicano (and African American) community was flipped into a dark portion of history. In relation to the Salem witch trials,both historic events,share…

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    The zoot suit riots were a sequence of many different racial bursts that occurred between Mexican Americans and American servicemen in Los Angeles, California. These attacks developed in this area throughout the early 1940’s.Before all of the many American’s started coming to live in the Los Angeles area, Mexican Americans “Zoot Suit Riots” take their name from the high-waisted wool trousers and baggy, long-tailed suit coats then worn by many Los Angeles youths, but the violence was more about…

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    There are many different factors that led up to the Zoot Suit Riots. Sleepy Lagoon murder was one of the many factors that contributed to the zoot suit riots. Dora and Hank or two victims of the zoot suit riot and they thought the people who beat them were at a party. Jose Diaz was beaten and stabbed and he eventually died. The unwritten rules were that people of color should remain hidden in public, but the zoot-suiters were loud and bold. The whites saw a Mexican Americans as cultural rebels…

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    rejecting the American values that had long been in place. In turn, The Sleepy Lagoon trial in the 40’s, which preceded the Zoot Suit Riots, fueled racial tensions between Mexicans and white Angelenos through the riots, as Mexican youth, dressed in Zoot Suits were defying the establishment…

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    Like many of immigrants, Mexican immigrants, typically, did not assimilate right away. They usually continued their traditions and worked to maintain their family. The second generation of Mexican Americans were forced to live their lives with two cultures constantly clashing with the other. They spoke English at school and spoke Spanish at home; this resulted in creating their own language as a mixture of the two. They developed a dialect called caló, which is an argot that uses slang from the…

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    Japanese Americans wearing zoot suits were not noted, but African Americans and Mexican Americans were well known for wearing these boots to show their rebellion during the war. In Robin Kelley’s work The Riddle of the Zoot: Malcolm Little and Black Cultural Politics During WWII, he discusses about what wearing a zoot suit meant during these times and the reaction that people had to them, and the consequences and life that the zoot suitors had. During a time of rationing, wearing a zoot suit was…

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    While there has always been substantial immigration from countries around the world, Mexican immigrants dominate the statistics. Between 1820 and 1930, Mexicans constituted over half of the documented immigrations. Like many immigrants before them and certainly after them, they experienced discrimination in the United States. Stereotyping and bouts of xenophobia sparked deadly riots against the most prominent minority group in the United States. Early experiences for foreign-born Mexican…

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    One of the most violent occurrences of discrimination during WWII happened in the Zoot Suit Riots in Los Angeles. Many white Americans were not happy about the arrival of Mexican workers (Encyclopedia Britannica). The riots began on June 3, 1943, after a group of sailors said that they had been attacked by a group of Mexican Americans (Encyclopedia Britannica). Then, sailors went to the Mexican American neighborhood and started beating the ones who were wearing zoot suits (Encyclopedia…

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