10 September 2012
East L.A. Walkouts
East L.A. Walkouts accrued when school boards wanted to assimilate Mexican American students and take away their rights. Teachers were very prejudice toward Mexican Americans. They thought they were dangerous, illegal, uneducated, and meant for labor. School boards put them in vocational classes that prepared them for labor and made them clean the school in replacement of the janitors. The Mexican American students had gotten tired of being mistreated and decided to protest for their rights. On Match 1 1968 in East Los Angeles at Garfield High school, Over 16,000 students walked out of classes to protest outside of schools for their rights. School boards wanted to take away their culture and making them more like white minorities. Teachers locked bathroom doors during lunch, could not eat their Mexican foods, and also made them do labor. The teachers also didn’t allow Mexican Americans to speak Spanish because they felt that if they couldn’t understand their language, Mexican Americans had an advantage to attack them. Teachers also didn’t allow them to know about their history or where they came from. The role of teenagers in political activism process was very important. They had a list of demands that they wanted for the school boards to change. The teenage Mexican Americans had found other organizations and groups such as African American
Teenagers, Asian Americans teenagers, Garfield Strike Committee, Caesar Chavez, & The Black Panther Party to help protest. When the Black Panthers joined the teenagers in the movement, they’d convinced the Brown Berets to help protect the teenagers from being beaten by the school leaders. Chavez was the most helpful to the teenagers in this process because he was older and able to make legitimate demands for the students. As this event continued for 3 days, other teenage students in the North and...