In today’s episode, Daily Chela founder Brandon Loran Maxwell speaks with Latino history professor and author Eduardo Pagán to talk about the murder of Jose Díaz at Sleepy Lagoon in 1942 and the subsequent Zoot Suit Riots. Other topics in this episode include pachuco culture, lowriders, modern gangs, discrimination, and nationalism during WW2.
About the author
Brandon Loran Maxwell
Brandon Loran Maxwell is a writer, speaker, and prize winning essayist. His writings and commentary have appeared at The Hill, Salon, Townhall, The Washington Examiner, The Oregonian, FEE, and Latino Rebels Radio, among others. He regularly speaks on a variety of social topics, and has been cited at outlets such as The Los Angeles Times, Vox, and The Washington Post. His personal essay "Notes From An American Prisoner" was awarded a Writer's Digest prize in 2014, and his one-act play "Petal By Petal" about drug and alcohol addiction was performed at The Little Theater in 2009. He holds a B.S. in political science, and often writes about prison reform, immigration reform, pop culture, music, and Chicano culture.