Walkout Essay

Topics: High school, Education, School Pages: 2 (287 words) Published: December 30, 2010
The Walkout tells the story of the 1968 walkout by high school Chicano students in East

Los Angeles to protest academic prejudice and dire school conditions.Schools taught a

curriculum that largely ignored or denied Mexican-American history and Chicano

students were steered toward menial labor and away from college by counselors and

school officials.This movie taught me that things have changed for us Hispanics since

then because we are treated equally.

Students were tired of being treated unequally and decided to take action and stage a

walkout at five East Los Angeles high schools in 1968, to protest educational conditions

and complain of anti-Mexican educational systems.There is a teacher who mentors a

group of students in East Los Angeles, when the students decide to stage a peaceful

walkout to protest the injustices of the public school system. ,he teaches them to have

courage and to fight for their rights.In the schools,students weren’t encouraged to go to

college and in the end they all got together and applied and were accepted.

Another Hispanic person who has made a big impact was Roberto Clemente.He was

elected to the Hall of Fame in 1973 becoming the first Latin American to be selected and

the only current Hall of Fame for whom the mandatory five year waiting period has been

waived since the wait was instituted in 1954.Roberto Clemente's life ended on December

31, 1972 in a plane crash while en route to Nicaragua with relief supplies for earthquake

victims. Always the humanitarian, Clemente was on the plane to make sure the clothing,

food and medical supplies weren't stolen, as had happened with previous flights.

Walkout Essay
By:Jennifer Peralta
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