“Los Doyers” Fans Turned a Racist Insult into a Point of Pride

❝ If you watched Games 1 and 2 of the World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros, live from LA, you saw them: screaming and passionate fans, wearing T-shirts, jerseys, and more with “Los Doyers” written in the Blue Crew’s classic flowing script. Fans can buy officially licensed gear from various Dodger Stadium clothing stores, or pirated ones at the swap meet. Regardless of provenance, however, one thing is clear: “Los Doyers” memorabilia is everywhere right now in Southern California—and, thanks to the World Series, it finally has a national audience.

I’m sure the folks watching across the country—especially those who don’t speak Spanish—must be wondering why Dodgers fans can’t spell. That’s not the case; “Los Doyers” is a play on how “Dodgers” is pronounced in Spanish, a language that doesn’t have a “j” sound. In other words, it’s how our parents and uncles and aunts and immigrant cousins and even ourselves call the Los Angeles franchise—nothing but #respect, you know?

❝ But “Los Doyers” also represents two of the greatest reappropriation stories in American sports: how Latinos learned to love a team that literally built their foundation on the bulldozed homes and dreams of Mexican-American families, and took a term originally used to deride Latinos and made it their own.

RTFA. Good journalism. A solid cultural record of workingclass spirit, immigrant pride, how something as basic as supporting your town’s sports team brings folks together.

3 thoughts on ““Los Doyers” Fans Turned a Racist Insult into a Point of Pride

  1. Tito Sam says:

    In 1907, California began mandating forced sterilization of those men and women deemed “mentally inferior” or otherwise “unfit to propagate.” By 1909, a sterilization law was in effect. And by 1964, the state had sterilized 20,000 people – mostly poor women, African Americans and immigrants. Women and men of Mexican descent were sterilized at disproportionate rates.” http://www.history.com/news/when-american-lawmakers-took-a-page-from-the-nazi-playbook
    In 1975, 10 working-class Mexican immigrant women filed a class-action lawsuit against Los Angeles County General Hospital, seeking redress for having been sterilized without their consent. Doctors and nurses had coerced them, they argued, repeatedly pressuring them while they were in extreme pain or sedated. One woman had not signed any document consenting to the procedure. Some had been told—erroneously—that the operation was reversible. One plaintiff was told to have the operation “because her children were a burden on the government.”
    http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/films/no-mas-bebes/
    The scientific racialization seen in the 1920s only intensified with the Great Depression, as everyday citizens and government officials alike began using Mexican immigrants as scapegoats for economic and social ills. Efforts to present Mexicans as Americanize-able, given the proper education by health experts, were abandoned. Instead, more than a million people of Mexican descent were rounded up and ‘repatriated’ to Mexico. By some estimates 60 percent of them were American citizens. https://www.npr.org/2015/09/10/439114563/americas-forgotten-history-of-mexican-american-repatriation

  2. Winsor McCay says:

    “Día de los Muertos-Inspired Film Tops US Box Office on Debut” https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Dia-de-los-Muertos-Inspired-Film-Tops-US-Box-Office-on-Debut-20171127-0001.html “Coco” is the fourth-best Thanksgiving opening of all time raking in $71.2 million over the five-day holiday weekend. The film – which centers on Mexico’s Día de los Muertos celebration – became the highest grossing film in the Latin American country’s history ($53.4 million to date), when it opened four weeks ago. “Coco” also debuted in China and is currently tracking to become Pixar’s biggest hit in the country, making $18.2 million so far, after a 25 percent boost from Friday to Saturday receipts.

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