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By Steven W. Bender

Although the foundation of the time period “greaser” is debated, its derogatory which means by no means has been. From silent videos like The Greaser’s Revenge (1914) and The lady and the Greaser (1913) with villainous identify characters, to John Steinbeck's portrayals of Latinos as lazy, drunken, and shiftless in his 1935 novel Tortilla Flat, to a dead ringer for violent, felony, drug-using gang participants of East los angeles, destructive stereotypes of Latinos/as were ample in American pop culture a long way ahead of Latinos/as turned the main populous minority workforce within the U.S.

In Greasers and Gringos, Steven W. Bender examines and surveys those stereotypes and their evolution, paying shut recognition to the position of mass media of their perpetuation. targeting the intersection among stereotypes and the legislation, Bender finds how those destructive photographs have contributed considerably to the customarily unfair remedy of Latino/as lower than American legislations via the yankee felony approach. He appears on the manner demeaning buildings of Latinos/as effect their criminal therapy via police, prosecutors, juries, lecturers, citizens, and vigilantes. He additionally exhibits how, through internalizing adverse social pictures, Latinos/as and different subordinated teams view themselves and every different as inferior.

Although battling opposed to cultural stereotypes could be a daunting job, Bender reminds us that, whereas difficult to damage, they don't have to be everlasting. Greasers and Gringos starts the cost of debunking present stereotypes and implores all americans to re-imagine Latinos/as as felony and social equals.

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