What effect did the zoot suit riots have on America?
The riots were in the words of Elanor Roosevelt "Race Riots" against Mexican Americans. She was correct despite the editorial position of the Los Angeles Times which called the First Lady a communist. It was a bad situation made much worse by assigning police officers to large bodies of soldiers and sailors on a rampage with orders not to arrest them for assault and battery or any other crime. The military put a stop to all shore leave and 12,000 Hispanics were rounded up and deported to Mexico.
The Zoot Suit Riots were a series of riots in 1943 during World War II that broke out in Los Angeles, California, between white sailors and Marines stationed in the city and Latino youths, who were recognizable by the zoot suits they favored. The riot was caused become of tensions between Latinos and whiteshey favored.