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Snare and Delusion:
Transcript of Snare and Delusion:
The Era Of Mexican-Americanization
The Schools of "False" Americanism
The schools of "false" Americanism made little impact on the Mexican American population in Aztlan.
Mexican and Chicano children were gradually processed into "false" Americanism.
The racial and cultural exclusiveness of "false" Americanism
"False" Americanism and Catholicism Since Leo XIII
After WWII, catholic church lost their stigma in general society.
After WWII, the catholic religion began to blend with "false" americanism.
"True" Americanism was defined by Andrew Greeley (sociologist)
Nominal Catholics (American first, Catholic Second)
After WWII the Catholic Church had lost most of its "Alien" followers and began to develop nominal white Catholicism
People of the Catholic faith are begin Americanized.
The "Melting Down" process. ('Super' Americans, heavily into their culture, [American-Irish are more Irish than those from Ireland])
Americanism began to change the structure of the church. (Homosexuality can be treated through therapy)
Protestant Proselytism: The New Strategy
•Through the 1920s and 30s two new strategies were created by Protestants hoping it would help the socioeconomic problems. Strategy number one was Americanizing the Mexicans and number two was christianizing them.
•In 1971, New policies were adopted by the American Baptist Convention and was embedded into the Hispanic ministry.
•A recent study was done on Hispanic college and university students. This study showed students who reject Catholicism prefer a post-religion alternative(Atheism).
The Emergence of New Typologies
After the war of 1848, Mexicans in the U.S. territory that used to belong to Mexico suffered racial and cultural discrimination.
World War 2 brought about fundamental changes because many Mexican-Americans began to consider themselves U.S. citizens for the first time after serving in World War 2.
Credos of the white angle-Saxons became more meaningful to Mexican-Americans as they begin to accept majority views, role models, and social patterns.
Celebrities such as John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, and Frank Sinatra cherished in Mexican-American homes as much as whites.
Therefore, English language acquired to be “American”; English language was as eagerly studied and mastered. Moreover, little acumen was required for most Mexican-Americans to conclude that civil and political equality constituted the essence of “true” Americanism/
Four new typologies were created: Mexicans, Chicanos, BASP, Aspirates, and BASPs.
Post-War Urbanization in The Southwest
Post World War II, urban migration encompassed thousands of Americans and upper socioeconomic mobility was the goal including Mexican Americans.
The 1942 Bracero Program brought in a large foreign labor force from Mexico creating labor shortage for Mexican Americans in the agricultural field.
Mexican Americans initiated their own movement into the industrial centers of the Southwest and California where the need for industrial manpower was not reserved for traditional “Mexicans”.
By 1970 at least 90% of the group resident in the state of California was urbanized and Mexican Americans were more willing to integrate into the American mainstream.
Residential patterns were changing and Hispanic communities were becoming encircled by White Americans. Minorities were now encouraged to move into majority group communities.
In California, East Los Angeles College was founded to educate the greatest concentration of Chicanos in California and eliminate the academic deficiencies by Chicano war veterans.
Chicanos were welcomed into Americanism and were determined to be accepted as first class citizens.