Watching this documentary reminded my why ethnic studies is so important to me, and why, in 2013, it is still important to teach to my children about Mexican-American history. I feel that by teaching my kids about the people and the struggles that came before them, they develop a sense of respect for their elders as well as a sense of pride in who they are. In part 5 of this documentary educator Sal Castro reflects on the East LA school walk outs. Every time I hear Mr. Castro talk about the walk-outs I cry. I cry because I am so proud of what these people accomplished. I can't imagine how scary it must have been for these young kids to stand up for the right to a fair education. And I cry because the actions of those brave students allowed me to take classes in high school that led me to a college education. It was easier for me because it was hard for them and they fought back.
This series highlighted the lives of many successful Latinos. By just showing my girls that people who look like them can be congressmen, supreme judges, or even award winning actresses helps to eliminate any doubts they may have. My girls may be mixed, but they still look Mexican American, because in my opinion what a Mexican-American looks like is so broad. I am not trying to raise little activist, who are ethnocentric, instead I am trying to raise people who are aware of the past and proud of who they are and where they come from.
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