- Were both looked down upon.
- Both contributed in WW2.
- Hard working.
- Both were discriminated and harassed.
- Some of the reasons they were discriminated against were different.
- Some Asians (Japanese) were put in concentration camps.
- Mexicans were attacked physically more often than Asians.
Slogan: They took our land but they won't take our pride away
How were they treated?
Mexican American were treated badly by white Americans. They were made to feel unwelcome even if this used to be their land. Their culture and life style was judged and seen as in patriotic. Service men and Whites would attack Mexican Americans in their own neighborhoods. After these attacks the Mexican youth were the ones to get punished. Media showed Mexican Americans as criminals and bad people.
How did they respond?
Mexican Americans fought back, causing the zoot suit riots. The discrimination didn't stop them from stepping away from their lifestyle and culture. On the other hand, it did cause Mexican Americans to feel like they had no rights.
Mexican American Contribution to WWII
Mexican Americans helped a lot in WWII. They went on missions in their own squadrons for the United States. An example of this is squadron 201 that went on a aircraft combat mission in the Philippines.
Analysis and Opinion
Mexican Americans were discriminated against just because of being different. They helped a lot in developing and helping the United States. We believe they should have been respected way more. Also there was no need to physically attack Mexicans.