I am interrupting my series of blog posts on “the Zapruder film and the Gettier problem” (see my previous post, for example) to commemorate the 78th anniversary of the last day of the infamous Zoot Suit Riots, which occurred over several days in Los Angeles, California in June of 1943. I was born and grew up in L.A., yet I was never taught about the Zoot Suit Riots or the “Sleepy Lagoon Murder” in any of my history or social studies classes in school. Why not? Was it because of racism against Chicanos and Hispanics generally or just wilful ignorance? Bad intentions or benign neglect?
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