Often overlooked yet at the center in the fight against environmental racism, the LMC spends the hour with Jayson Porter and Yoalli Rodriguez on the Afro-Mexicano struggle for social and environmental justice. Jayson Porter is a PhD candidate of Mexican environmental history @ Northwestern University in Illinois and Yoalli Rodriguez is a PhD candidate in Latin American Studies @ the University of Texas in Austin.
The tragic shooting that took place in El Paso Texas this month was not an isolated incident. It is a tragedy that recalls the racism, xenophobia, and paranoia more than a century ago. On this episode, the LMC speaks with David Dorado Romo about the legacy of the 1917 Bath Riots and how it lends itself to help us understand the racism and xenophobia we see in today’s political landscape. David Dorado Romo is the author of, “Ringside Seat To A Revolution: An Underground Cultural History of El Paso And Juarez.”
What can the Zoot Suit Riots of 1943 teach us about anti-immigrant, anti-Latino sentiment in the US today? Before today’s concept of “fake news”, how racist and inflammatory was yellow journalism during this dark period in California history? The LMC finds out on this episode when we speak with Gerardo Licon on what the riots can teach us about today. Gerardo Licon is an assistant professor in the Program of Latin American Studies @ the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire.