Latino protesters to urge boycott of ‘The War’

first_img“As a historian I am offended.” In Los Angeles, protests are expected at the studios of KCET (Channel 28). PBS has defended its response to the initial criticism. “The producers have shown portions of these stories to audiences at screening events, including one at annual conference of the American GI Forum, a national organization for Latino veterans; the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive,” the company said in a statement on PBS.org. PBS also has said Burns was unable to find Latino veterans who would talk to him during the six years he spent reporting the documentary. But Maggie Rodriguez-Rivas, a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin, said she has interviewed hundreds of Latino veterans for an oral history project. “He promised to celebrate America’s diversity,” Rivas-Rodriguez said. “While we are a part of the fabric of this country, too, yet our stories keep getting left out.” [email protected] (818)713-3634160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Hundreds of Latino veterans and grass-roots organizers are expected to stage protests across the country today urging a boycott of Ken Burns’ long-awaited World War II documentary. Latinos were angered months ago when it was revealed Burns had not included Latino or American Indian war veterans in his seven-part documentary “The War,” which begins at 8 p.m. today. While Public Broadcasting System officials said such footage was later added, for many Latino activists it was too little, too late. “If he would have gone to Google, he would have found at least 2 million hits on Mexicans in World War II, not to mention all the books and dissertations on the topic,” said Rodolfo Acu a, a founding professor of California State University, Northridge Chicano/Chicana Studies Department. last_img read more

Read More →