Last month marked 79 years since the Zoot Suit Uprisings in L.A, which involved numerous violent confrontations between young Latinos/as and Chicanos/as against police officers, deputy sheriffs and members of the armed forces, including Marines and sailors, which were most often instigated by the latter. Chicanos like Trujillo had served in the military in high numbers, but many servicemen viewed Pachucos as World War II draft dodgers, according to History.com. Trujillo’s work flips the script and reveals Pachucos for the Latino cultural heroes they are.
Latino representation and firsts may have been unfairly overshadowed. Ana María Ferreira, a literature professor born in Colombia, writes about some of the Oscar firsts for Latinos.