|Scooped by Arriel Houston|
2 Paragraphs over Zoot Suits
Zoot Suits are a man’s suit of an exaggerated style. Mexican Americans and African-Americans commonly wore them in the 1940s. This is when jazz was very common and people wanted to express their style. Zoot Suits might not seem like they were a very big problem but to some people they were. World War II was happening during this time period and I guess you can say some people were pretty sensitive about that. Policemen and servicemen were attacking young Mexican American men just because they wore Zoot Suits! They said they were being “unpatriotic” by wearing them. They called the Mexicans “miscreants” and put them in the category of “hoodlumism”. Servicemen would walk across the city of Los Angeles and attack Zoot Suitors for no reason. They would beat them, burn their clothing, and even pee on them. All the young men did was wear Zoot Suits and all they wanted to do was have fun. But they were attacked for no reason at all. I could imagine how they felt. Undignified and humiliated.
Even though this happened in the 1940s, discrimination is still happening today. It definitely tells you a little bit about the world we live in. No matter what we do or how hard we try, discrimination and racism will never end. Sometimes it can be the littlest things such as a racist comment but it still cuts deep. Or bigger things can happen such as mass murders just because someone doesn’t like another person’s race, ethnicity, color, gender, or sex. It’s absolutely ridiculous! I think that if someone is happy being who he or she is then you should not worry about him or her. If that person is not harming you or doing anything harmful or unlawful then you should let them be. People need to understand how to leave people alone and let them enjoy their life. But that is also another thing we cannot change… society. As us being humans we have our opinions on almost about everything. But some people’s opinions are very stronger than others. But that still does not give you the power to harm someone for no reason. Have you heard the quote “If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say it at all”? Everyone needs to abide by that rule mentally and physically and maybe, just maybe violence will die down a little.