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Zoot Suit Riots

The June 1943 Zoot Suit Riots in Los Angeles, California were a series of attacks against Mexican American youth and other minorities by white American servicemen. The suits, which required the use of more fabric than other suit fashions, were considered unpatriotic given wartime fabric rationing. While most of the violence was directed toward Mexican American youth, young African American and Filipino Americans were also attacked.

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Informative video about Mexican Americans/Chicano and Mexican American street gangs. The origins of the Zoot suit riot.

Contributed by Jorge J. Palacios

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