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Projection of Ruben Salazar
Transcript of Projection of Ruben Salazar
Born in Ciudad Juarez, Ruben moved to El Paso at the age of eight months.
He attended UTEP and received a bachelor's degree in journalism.
Starting from the "El Paso Herald-Post" Ruben set a new standard for mainstream press. Ruben was the first Latino foreign correspondent and one of the first Latino columnists to impact his community.
Salazar’s hard hitting journalism eventually got him a job with the Los Angeles Times. Salazar was one of the first if not the first Mexican American to get such a position in a world that was dominated by Anglo Americans
Description of Articles
Ruben Salazar's Death
The death of Ruben Salazar has been shrouded with mysteries, and unanswered questions. There have been several theories of foul play by the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department, and even wrong doing by some of the Chicano movement leaders.
Ruben Salazar most important articles
-25 Hour in Jail-"I lived in a Chamber of Horrors" May 9, 1995
-La Nacha Sells Dirty Dope at $ 5 a "Papel" August 17, 1995
-Who Is a Chicano? And What Is It the Chicanos Want? Feb 6, 1970
Projection of Ruben Salazar
Ruben Salazar left a huge legacy, from becoming a reporter, to the first Mexican American to become a foreign correspondent. Salazar was a great humble individual who stood up for those who did have a voice, from the inmates at the El Paso Jail, to the citizens of Petaluma, California, to Chicanos all over America. There is no doubt that he was a revolutionary for many Mexican Americans, not by actions, but with the power of a pen. He fought equality within the Chicano community, and it is unfortunate, but his death became a martyr for the Chicano movement of the late 1960s, and early 1970s.
There is little known about Salazar’s early life
He was born on March 3, 1928, in Ciudad Juárez
When Ruben was eight months old his parents moved across the shallow Rio Grande and settled in El Paso
Salazar received his First Communion at Sacred Heart Church at the age of 7.
His father worked at a downtown jewelry store
where he was in charge of the silver department.
After graduating from El Paso High School on January 17 1946,
Salazar served in the U.S. Army in Germany from 1950 to 1952
His first year at UTEP, in 1946, Salazar worked as a reporter for the school newspaper, The Prospector. His articles didn’t have the same controversial nature as they did later in his career; rather they were more so his own observations about happenings around school.
On August 29, 1970, a large crowd attended the Chicano Moratorium antiwar protest, the number of the crowd reached up to 30,000 individuals.
While all of this commotion is going on, Salazar and one of his crew members stepped into the now famous Silver Dollar Bar and Café.
Salazar was enjoying a beer inside the bar. That’s when Deputy Wilson with the sheriff’s department proceeded to blindly fire a tear gas round into the bar, which unluckily hit Salazar on the head, killing him instantly
Los Angeles Times
As a Foreign correspondent, Salazar was sent out to several different assignments, including the American occupation of the Dominican Republic, and to Vietnam. Those two were extremely difficult assignments, where violence soared all around him. By 1966 Salazar found himself closer to home, in Mexico
In the June of 1968, Salazar was called back to the Los Angeles, the reasoning behind his move was that the Mexican American tensions were rising. Ruben was extremely upset by the move.
"25 Hours in Jail, I lived in a Chamber of Horrors" May 9, 1955
Ruben Salazar wrote of his experiences while in Jail over a phonly drunk charge. The conditions in the city jail. In his writings, talk about the poor condition of the cells and his cellmates, considering all drugs easily accessable.
La Nacha Sells Dirty Dope for $5.00 a "Papel", Ruben Makes a Purchase from Border "Queen" August 17, 1955.
In this Article, Ruben writes of his experience purchasing drugs from a Dope Queen. She sold him a papel of heroine, some dirty looking drug, two shots folded into a piece of paper.
Who Is A Chicano? And What Is It The Chicanos Want?
"The 'Wetback' Problem Has More Than Just One Side," and "Chicano Reminds Blacks They Are Not the Only Minority," were messages of understanding, cooperation and reconstruction of society's views on the Latino commmunity, and all others than the caucasian majority.
"Chicanos are trying to progress... though indigenous to the Southwest, the Chicano communities are on the lowest rung scholastically, economically, socially and politically. They feel cheated.
Chicanos want change, "With these ideas and perspectives," Salazar became higly respected among Mexican Americans for his community-wide impact.