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    Zoot Suit, a play written by Luis Valdez, depicts the racially charged trial of the Sleepy Lagoon Case of 1942 in which the courts charged a group of Pachucos with the murder of another Mexican-American. During the 1940s, many Mexican-Americans suffered widespread discrimination as dramatized in Zoot Suit. To combat such discrimination many Chicano youth wore stylized zoot suits, adorned with oversized jackets during fabric shortages as a form of social and political rebellion. Zoot Suiters felt

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    Zoot suits, associated with the Mexican race, consisted of a long jacket that reached almost to the knees, pants with a “tight stuff cuff”, a “wide, flat hat, and Dutch-toe shoes” (Berger 193). These zoot suits were worn by the Mexican youth who were accused of murder on August 2, 1942. People claimed that Jose Diaz was murdered by a gang that had broken up a party at Sleepy Lagoon ranch located close to Los Angeles. However, even though the lower court did convict them of murder, two years later

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    Analysis of "Zoot Suit"

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    The book Zoot Suit has symbolic significance for Mexican Americans and tells about the riots during World War II. The Sleepy Lagoon Murder was one step in the fight for the rights and respect of Mexican American's. This riot involved young servicemen and civilians who clashed in the streets of the city with young Mexican Americans who wore the noticeable "Zoot Suit." At their height, the riots involved several thousand men and women. In the end no one was killed and only a few were injured but

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    there is no question that appearances and the right attire also played a prominent role in the culture of that time. In a society wherein which, Blacks were discriminated and stereotyped against their clothing distinguished and set them apart. The Zoot-Suit, one of the significant symbols of fashion during the era of Swing music was more than embellished get-up. It was a statement, a rebellion, a cultural identification even, but mainly it was a reminder of the social order of society that failed to

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    “Zoot Suit” by Luis Valdez Based on the infamous 1942 “Sleepy Lagoon” murder mystery and the resulting “Zoot Suit Riots” in Los Angeles , playwright Luis Valdez weaves fact and fiction to depict the fate of 22 young Mexican Americans brought to trial for a murder they did not commit. “Zoot Suit” brings together unforgettable characters such as the irreverent El Pachuco and the charismatic Henry Reyna, an unsuspecting gang leader who finds himself caught in the middle of the racially turbulent events

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    A historical commentary written by Luis Valdez, Zoot Suit presents the issue of discrimination brought about by the clashing of two opposing cultures. Henry (Hank) Reyna represents this theme as he attempts to prove his innocence when he and other members of the 38th Street gang are accused and taken to court for a crime they did not commit. Henry and his gang are charged with the murder of a fellow Mexican American, Jose Williams, not because there was convincing evidence to prove them guilty, but

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    Ibelema's Identity Crisis and Wilson's Oppositional Dress In Minabrere Ibelema's essay "Identity Crisis", Ibelema suggests that the mainstream american culture is so powerful that all cultures conform to it. Ibelema does this by showing how the mass media portrays African Americans in relation to their cultural identity by using situation comedies as a measuring tool. Of the episodes Ibelema uses very few of them look at African Americans cultural identity. However, what they do is briefly address

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    The zoot suit symbolized several different things for the Mexican American population in the Los Angeles community. Not only was it a symbol of pride in their Mexican heritage, but also a form of rebellion from the norms emplaced upon the Mexican teenagers by their parents. These suits were also a symbol of unity, these young men wanted to look different and feel as if they’re culture could be something they could display and be proud of. This whole image was seen by the modern culture of Los Angeles

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    the “Zoot Suit Riots”, which is known as a series of attacks, in June 1943, by white American servicemen against Mexican-American youth. It had a significant effect on ethnic consciousness among young Mexican-Americans and for the recognition of their identity within American culture. The creation of the zoot suit traces to Harlem in the mid to late 1930s, when tailors began making them out of wool or colorful varieties of rayon. “Although its exact origin is unknown, the term “zoot suit” appears

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    Youth subcultures threaten the social structure of a racial hierarchy. This is clearly represented with the events that led up to the Zoot Suit Riots. Migration of distinct populations to Los Angeles from the late 1800s to the late 1940s was not embraced positively by most white residents. Instead, many used the race of the migrants as an excuse to discriminate and segregate. Pachucos were one of these subcultures that were influenced by the music and customs that were brought to Los Angeles during

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