Double Victory Kevin Dabi, Aaron Ambrosio | 3rd period

Mexican Americans and African Americans in World War II

Struggles of Mexican Americans during World War II

Struggles of African Americans during World War II

Four Similarities

  • They were both segregated from white people. Even in the armed forces, they are separated from squadrons that are white.
  • Both took part in the armed forces.
  • Going back from war, they were still deprived of their own civil rights and faced a lot of oppression in their own home country.
  • Both was denied of their service and was used for labor.

Three Differences

  • Mexican Americans wore zoot suits as away of resisting
  • They both have different cultures
  • Mexican Americans were included in the general white population census count

Mexican Americans During wwii

"Freedom of Expression to the People"

How were they treated?

They were targeted in streets and if they were caught wearing zoot suits, they would be stripped off of the clothing and beaten up senseless in front of a crowd.

Zoot Suiters were discriminated because of the zoot suit riot that happened in LA.
How did they respond to such treatment?

They kept wearing zoot suits as a form of resistant or rebellion

Did they contribute anything to the cause of the war (WWII)?

They served in the armed forces. They fought in every major American battle in the war. Between 250,000 and 500,000 Mexican Americans served in the U.S Armed Forces

Analysis? Opinion? Reaction?

I believed that it was unnecessary that they were treated in such a harsh way. Taking away their freedom of expression in a "free" country is pretty hypocritical

African American Community

"Equal Rights to Everybody!"

How were they treated?

They faced segregation and racial discrimination

How did they respond to such treatment?

They persevered. They served their country and earned high praises and commendations for their struggles and sacrifices.

Did they contribute anything to the cause of the war (WWII)?

They served in the US Armed Forces. Over 25 million African American men registered for the draft.

Analysis? Opinion? Reaction?

It is crazy how African Americans were treated badly at their own home country when they were overseas, fighting for the freedom of the country.

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