Were Mexicans Wimps During the Zoot Suit Riots?

Am working on something historical, and I came across the following, fascinating tidbit at the Center for Oral and Public History at Cal State Fullerton. Won't reveal the source until next week because loose lips sink ships--all I can reveal right now is that the man who said the following was a prominent African-American at the time, so so much for black-brown alliances!

The funniness after the jump!

"The Negroes always felt that Mexicans were far too tame during the [Zoot Suit] riots, you see...They thought that Mexicans should have fought back and so they had every intention. If any such thing happened in the Negro community somebody would have got killed because Negroes would not have stood still for what happened in the Zoot Suit riots."


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