The Zoot-Suit Riots

McWilliams, Carey
June 1943
New Republic;6/21/43, Vol. 108 Issue 25, p818
Focuses on the Zoot Suit riots in Los Angeles, California. Minorities such as Mexican Americans and African American as victims of the riots; Atrocities on victims of riots; Attribution of the immediate responsibility for the outbreak of the riots upon the Los Angeles press and the Los Angeles police; Coinage of the term zoot-suiters for Mexican Americans; Misleading report to the Grand Jury which states that Mexicans are biologically predisposed toward criminal behavior; Version of the riots adopted by the major newspapers that soldiers and sailors acted in self-defense and there was no element of race prejudice involved; View that not only should there be a full federal investigation, particularly of the charges made by the Mexican consul and other individuals and groups, but there are additional avenues of inquiry that should be explored; Opening of an office in Los Angeles by the coordinator of the U.S. Inter-American Affairs; Arrangement made by the coordinator with the U.S. State Department.


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