Star Makes Case For bolition ofCapital Punishment


On the evening before Cinco de Mayo, nationally syndicated cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz came and spoke in Beckman Institute Auditorium as a part of Caltech's Semana Latina. Alcaraz provided techers and community members alike with a witty and personal presentation on comics, culture and politics. Although sensitive to the Latino people and culture, Alcaraz definitely makes it clear that he is "firmly against politically correct reputations." Above all he strives to portray Mexicans and other Hispanic people "as they are." Both of Alcaraz's parents immigrated to the United States from Mexico before he was born. Although his father died when Alcaraz was just thirteen years old, the cartoonist's parents greatly influenced his views and work. One of Alcaraz's early pieces titled "How to Spot a Mexican Dad" stirred up much controversy while on display in a gallery. The cartoon, based on Alcaraz's own dad, presented the Mexican father as a common laborer. Countless people, deemed "Chicano Yuppies" by Alcaraz, complained asking why the cartoon did not portray the man as "an astrophysicist" or "a microbiologist." Alcaraz finds such protests silly because he notes that "many of Mexicans you see are laborers and yet they are still funny, worthy people." Even as a young child, Alcaraz would doodle on the margins of his papers during school. However, he really got his start as an

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@inproceedings{TindolStarMC, title={Star Makes Case For bolition ofCapital Punishment}, author={Robert Tindol} }