Josof Sanchez has worked with youth for decades, serving as a probation commissioner for L.A. County and more recently mentoring youth through a film program at Santa Monica College. His latest project uses film to empower Latino youth to reach other young people and become mental health advocates.
Expressing Brown pride is not racist. What these youth demonstrated is pride in their culture and in themselves. It’s no different than a student who wears green, or an Irish flag, to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
In the case of Hollywood movies, for too long — past and present — Latinas/os (in general) and Chicanas/os or Mexican Americans (in particular) have been mostly invisible and marginalized.