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Bill Lansford: Discrimination
Of Mexican descent, Bill Lansford noticed very little discrimination growing up.
Interview outtakes from THE WAR:
"Since I was living in a, principally in a Mexican or Latino ambience, and we had, and the only Americ-, so-called 'Americans,' uh, uh, around me were not, you know, the usual run of Anglos. They were, uh, Americans, uh, of other extractions like Japanese, we had Japanese, we had, uh, Italians, we had Jewish g-, people. And they were basically pretty ethnic. So, to us, it was just, uh, America was a hodge-podge, pretty much as it must have been in New York at the turn of the 20th Century. We didn't have a sense of an American presence like, uh, standing there with a club in his hand or anything. There was no, no s-, sense of, uh, of, uh, discrimination or anything. We didn't know what discrimination was. That's not to say that other Latinos elsewhere might not have been aware of it. I was not."