DISCRIMINATION TO MEXICAN IMMIGRANTS IN USA
Mexican Americans have been the victim of discrimination throughout the history of the United States. The media has played a big role in promoting the negative Mexican stereo type. They have been discriminated against on the basis of race, culture, language and ethnicity. The Ku Klux Klan in particular has voicedopinions of negativity against Mexican Americans. They are also held responsible for lynching a considerable number of Mexican Americans during the time period between 1848 and 1928.
One of the main reasons that have led to the discrimination against Mexicans is their illegal migration. This is why they have developed a bad reputation and are frequently raided by the immigration authorities. The greatdepression era saw a massive deportation of Mexican Americans back to Mexico under the shade of a Mexican Repatriation program. The number of people that were deported during this era is known to have been around 500,000.
During the 1940’s the print media played a big role in sparking the fire of hatred towards Mexicans. The imagery in the newspapers portrayed Mexicans as disloyal foreigners,murderers and Zoot suiters. As a result many young Mexican American males were killed in L.A. These riots got really big after some time when around 5,000 civilians and servicemen attacked the Mexican Americans. World War II saw the Mexican Americans working together with the general American population as around 300,000 of them served in the US armed forces. Unfortunately this did not deter theMexican American discrimination as many of them were denied medical services on their return to the U.S.
Even the school system is not free of this racism. The Mexican Americans of mestizo and mullato descent are the ones that have been at the blunt end of this prejudice activism. The extent of the discrimination in schools was so much that Mexicans were actually forced to develop their ownschools to house the Mexican youth. Furthermore the court room was also a place where injustice prevailed in the case of Mexican Americans. They were out rightly restricted from being selected as jurors, especially in cases where Mexican Americans were being convicted.
Many localities saw Mexican Americans living in their own separate residential areas. Although law and real estate policies had a lotto do with this red lining it was still more of a social understanding that led to this separation. The intimidation and harassment of the ethnic Mexican public in America continues even till today, albeit to a lesser extent. With the racist organizations of our times such as the neo Nazis, white supremacist groups and the nativist groups the Mexicans face a continuing onslaught ofdiscrimination. Rather than the problem being curbed we find the anti Mexican American activities being increased on behalf of the American public which is quite a sad situation.
The case of Bill O’ Reilley
HOUSTON - June 29, 2007 - Many individuals in the United States deny the current systematic persecution of undocumented Mexican migrants. This is just as incredulous as denying that the persecutionagainst Gypsies, Poles, Slavs, Jews and other people ever occurred as carried out by the Nazis during the 1930’s through the mid 1940’s or that the persecution and genocide of indigenous Native Americans never occurred. The verbal hate mongering against Mexican undocumented immigrants is such a regularly widespread and venomous phenomenon that it has evolved into a national psychosis. A psychosis isdefined as a defective condition characterized by a loss of contact from reality. It is a serious problem for any infected individual as it is for an infected nation. This was witnessed this past spring when Fox News host of the O’Reilly Factor, Bill O’Reilly, verbally attacked Geraldo Rivera while discussing a drunken driving case that O’Reilley wanted to turn into an anti undocumented (Mexican)...