Reconverting Mexican Americans
VOICES OF FREEDOM 1
“CONVERSIONOF MEXICAN AMERICANS”
Mostof the Mexicans during the war had obtained some social and economicgains in the society. This was attributed to the lack of enough laborrequired in the country. This was something the Mexicans in Americawere willing to give to the society some of the children had to dropout of school to provide the required labor. However, after the war,the Latin Americans wanted to force them back into the hustling lifethey were in during the war. There are several cases ofdiscrimination in the paper which show some of the instances whereinjustices were done to the Mexico Americans. The paper is about thetreatment of the Mexican Americans in America after the war was overfrom chapter one hundred and sixty-five in the book of voices ofAmerica. The paper looks at the three documents in the paperanalyzing them and seeing how the historian`s view relates to my viewin the same chapter (Daniel 1946).
Accordingto Daniel R Schorr, the people of taxes after the war were harsh tothe Mexican Americans as they wanted them to forcefully go back totheir original life of hustling during the war in 1946. The Mexicanshaving been crucial in labor provision during the war had gainedsocially and economically for the services they had offered thegovernment by then. This made it difficult to make sure the people goback to the initial days of struggle in their lives. The soldiers whoeven fought alongside Mexicans do hate them this was attributed tothe immoral values taught to the people about the Mexicans. People inauthority from South Texas played a crucial role in discrimination ofthe Mexicans drawing a conspiracy. The Mexicans were the ones whocontributed a lot in making the town rich and here comes a time whenthey are being abandoned and discriminated. The discrimination fueledby the authorities brought increased tension amongst the Mexicans andother Americans in the town (Daniel 1946).
Inthe capacity of a historian, I agree with Schorr regarding theconspiracy as it cannot be understood why the Anglo and LatinAmericans discriminated the Mexicans. These are the same people whowere crucial in providing the town with much-needed labor during thewar. They have been helped to economically and socially develop theTexas town. In return, they repay the faith the Mexicans gave to themby discrimination and trying to force them to convert back to theirold suffering ways of life during the war. It is an unacceptablesituation in life as everybody in the town should have been treatedequally. The authorities are also ironical as they are aware theircurrent economic success of the town was brought by the contributionof the Mexicans yet they are the ones on the front in discriminatingthem.
Accordingto Schorr, social discrimination is expected in any society where thechildren are taught from the early age of the evil of Mexicans. Theygrow up with this attitude against the Mexicans, and as a result,social discrimination is passed from one generation to the other.This increased pressure has made the Mexicans resilient as theycannot hold it anymore (Daniel 1946).
Asa historian on social discrimination study in this town is somethingthat Anglo-Americans have made as their part. This feature has spreadto an extent of teaching their kids from tender age how the Mexicansare evil. This divides the people by creating unnecessary tension inthe region. The people are not civilized because they have allowedsocial discrimination gets into their minds to an extent they thinkthey cannot be served at the same points with Mexicans. It is thethinking of a society that hinders the development as well asmodernization. The authorities also do not fare in any way byarresting Mexicans, instead of the people who are sociallydiscriminating them.
AtSan Siro city the situation is completely different as the Mexicansin this region are free from discrimination. They attend same schoolsand public functions as the other Americans in the town. However, thetop officials in the town are linked to promoting campaigns againstthe Mexicans. There have been campaigns against rape which has allalong been targeting the Mexicans who if found were sentenced todeath. The irony is that it`s only the Mexicans found guilty of thischarges and not the Latin or Anglo-Americans. The other issue ofconcern was four juries who were Anglo and Latin Americans accused ofrape were acquitted the charges something that has never been done toMexican Americans. The public press does not raise such issues to thepublic they only target the Mexicans in any crime scene readying tospotlight them (Daniel 1946).
Thelevel of social injustice in San Siro worsens the situation of Texasbecause there is no need to play being a socially just society yetevil is done in the background. Establishing of rape charges by deathis something recommendable but why should it just target theMexicans. The point of acquitting the Latin`s and Anglo-Americans iffound with such cases show the level of immaturity in socialdevelopment and democracy in the region.
Whenindustries are closed down in the region, Mexicans are the firstpeople to be sacked at the expense of the Latin and Anglo-Americans.They were given the last priority in applying for jobs, and at somepoint, the writer thinks after an interview there will be at a timewhere no application for Mexicans will be required. This socialdiscrimination that has targeted the hardworking Mexicans has led toincreased poverty development in San Siro. Any attempts to rectifythe situation have been blocked in one way or the other. The writer,however, does not tell us of the bills which were against thediscrimination we cannot be able to tell whether the reason forrejection was not genuine. He thinks the social discrimination willnot be contained for long. This is true simply because the Mexicanshave been pushed so hard and if it reaches their limit, they may beforced to retaliate back leading to unexpected war (Daniel 1946).
Historyplayed a key role in promoting the discrimination against the MexicanAmericans. From the article, the Latin and Anglo-Americans are seento be teaching their kids from a very tender age of the negativeattitude towards the Mexican Americans. There is no concrete reasonfor such people, but they were also brought up in the same culturebeing told the Mexicans were evil hence the discrimination attitudefrom history was being transferred to the subsequent generations. Thepeople in the governments also tend to carry forward what theirpredecessors were doing against the Mexicans making history criticalin the discrimination aspect of the Mexican Americans. Schorr is alsoright to claim it will reach a point when the Mexicans in Americawill not be able to tolerate more this kind of treatment. This is sobecause of the ever increasing discrimination against them and lawswhich only target the Mexicans and not the other types of Americansin the country (Daniel 1946).
Socialdiscrimination in American towns of Texas and San Siro hascontributed to increased levels of poverty in the regions. Citizensneed to realize the importance of social justice and equality. Thisbrings about more development. It is evident that if the trend isnot changed, there will reach a point where the Mexicans willretaliate which may result to worse incidents.
Daniel.L. Schorr, "Reconverting American Mexicans" (1946) NewRepublic, 115 (September 30 th1946) pp 12-13 reprinted by permission of the new republic
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