Think Mexican • Remembering the Chicano Moratorium

On August 29, 1970, a “Chicano Moratorium” against the war in Vietnam was held in East L.A.

Loyola-Marymount film student Tom Myrdahl shot this documentary, capturing the events that unfolded as law enforcement and protesters clashed in and around Laguna Park. This film has not been seen in nearly 40 years.

Tom, who is still a working cameraman in Los Angeles, is putting this historic film on the web as a tribute to the brave citizens of East L.A. who came together 40 years ago to voice their dissent against the Vietnam War.

Community Village‘s insight:

In the video:

  • Bronze people with a Bronze culture”
  • “We’re not against the black people or the white people. We’re against oppression.”

Note: The Beret has been used as a symbol of fighting oppression going back to

The black beret as a revolutionary symbol -Wikipedia

See on thinkmexican.tumblr.com

Recovering History, Constructing Race: The Indian, Black, and White Roots of Mexican Americans

Via Scoop.itMixed American Life

“The history of Mexican Americans is a history of the intermingling of races—Indian, White, and Black. This racial history underlies a legacy of racial discrimination against Mexican Americans and their Mexican ancestors that stretches from the Spanish conquest to current battles over ending affirmative action and other assistance programs for ethnic minorities. Asserting the centrality of race in Mexican American history, Martha Menchaca here offers the first interpretive racial history of Mexican Americans, focusing on racial foundations and race relations from prehispanic times to the present.”
Via www.mixedracestudies.org