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.
Amid the political crisis rocking the administration of Puerto Rican governor Ricardo Rossello, the LMC speaks with Fernando Tormos about long-time efforts by various administrations to privatize the PR school system. With all the offensive leaked messages and indictments of government officials for money laundering, at the heart of the scandal is the privatization of Puerto Rican public resources for private profit. Fernando Tormos is a post-doctoral fellow for the Scholars Strategy Network @ the University of Missouri in St Louis.