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one of america's favorite pastimes is lumping groups of people together. you know what i am talking about, like the idea of minorities and take the all of the people who are darker than vin diesel and call them minorities. and it does not make any sense, because we have so many cultures and languages and religions and things, and the only thing that bonds minorities together is that we believe that if you are going to eat pork, you have to use all of the pig. you know what i mean? you can't just be like the white people and scrape off the bacon and the ribs and throw the rest of it away. no, you have to get in that pig.
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and pickle that and rind that, and suck on that toenail. you have to get in there. and i think about that word minority a lot, because it is not going to be make sense for much longer, because according to statistics by the time we get to 2044 the minorities are going to be making up the majorities of america. this week on the show we decided to investigate latino people. i feel like i have not done a a good job the connect with the latino brothers and sisters, and especially because they are america's fastest growing demographic. in a few years, it will be more people clapping. right now, it's just that one dude holding it down. thank you. my name is w.kamau bell. as a comedian, i've made a living finding humor in parts of america that i don't understand. now i am challenging myself to dig deeper. i'm on a mission to find the cultures that add so much color to this country. this is "united shades of america."
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to explore the vast topic that is latinos in america, i'm in los angeles. los angeles has a population of 3.8 million people, and nearly half of them are of latino descent and the rest are kardashians, or married to a kardashian, or waiting for a kardashian to get divorced so they can marry them. i'm looking at you, khloe. normally when i go to l.a., i go to hollywood or beverly hills for my big-time show biz meetings with my big-time show biz agents who never return my calls. big-time. but this week, i'm going east. east l.a. and boyle heights. those neighborhoods are just slightly more latino than the rest of l.a. and by slightly, i mean they are beth well over 90% latino. east l.a. and boyle heights are located geographically not far from beverly hills, but let's
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say i feel like i owe my high school spanish teacher an apology for saying why would i never need to use spanish after i graduate? the history of latinos settling in east l.a. can be traced back to the early 1900s. attracted by plentiful work and escaping government unrest, most mexicans planned on moving back. but as the city grew, so did labor opportunities and the thriving community known as east l.a. was born. if i'm going to learn anything, i know i have to first hit the streets and talk to the people. would you mind talking to us for a second? don't understand english? you want to talk to us for a second once you're off the phone? okay. maybe this isn't going to be so easy. cut to three hours later. >> hi. hi. >> i think the problem is, camera guy, is that we're in east l.a. we're looking for people to talk to. one of the inherent challenges
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of east l.a. is that many people are undocumented. so when you take a big camera and a crew and go would you like to talk to us? they go, what's french for go [ bleep ] yourself? you saw my show? >> in prison. >> in prison? i didn't know i was on in the joint. >> oh, you were. you were. >> you lived here all your life? >> yes, i have. >> what was it like when you were growing up? >> getting shot at. >> oh, okay. could we have stood here 30 years ago and had this conversation? >> i could have. you couldn't. >> i'm looking to buy some property. looking to move in and buy a house. >> if you're a hipster, man, i can't talk to you. >> do you look like a hipster? >> well, hipsters can come in different colors. it don't matter. >> i promise i'm not a black hipster. i'm not a blipster. >> is it safer for families now?
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>> yes, it's a lot safer. it's beautiful out here. some of the nicest people out here, some of the best cultures, traditions. >> i would imagine there's undocumented people who live in this neighborhood. >> what you talking about? >> am i bringing news? >> there might be a few. >> this is where they come. >> if you want to make an honest living but you don't have your papers, come to east l.a. >> that's a good slogan. i don't know if the mayor is going to use that. >> probably not. >> yeah, probably not. >> give me the state of latino america right now. >> yeah, we're on the move. >> we're a growing force to be reckoned with. that means we'll be the majority when it comes to elections. >> taking over. >> you say that with confidence. with a smile. >> we gave you guys presidency. we're next. >> wait a minute. thanks for letting us have that. >> we're next, we're next. >> all right. i didn't know hillary clinton was latino. >> a big topic for any group who immigrates to america is
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assimilation. how much? how little? and latinos are no different. luckily, i ran into a ringer, alex alzana, who also happens to be undocumented. what do you think about assimilation? >> i think that nobody has to sacrifice their past, their culture in order to become american. i have nothing against white people. i have nothing against americans. but we also need to reflect what america means. and definitely embrace that our cultures are beautiful. we come here for a better life. to be ourselves. we shouldn't sacrifice that identity. >> people that come here and don't speak the language or assimilate to the way things are done here. they should. it will benefit them in the long run. but i think if you're coming to los angeles, you should learn spanish. >> now that i talked to the people, i want to talk to the mayor. but since he wouldn't talk to me, i guess i'll just talk to
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somebody else at city hall. >> in this town, you're kind of a rock star. >> i'm meeting with l.a. city council member gil sedia for his successful work to get driver's license for undocumented people. in l.a. now, it's latinos are the largest group, which has scared many people. >> yeah, we got scale. >> you got scale? >> what do you mean? >> well, we're everywhere. it's incredible. immigrants from all over the world come here. and latino immigrants are the same. they're entrepreneurial. they're the risk takers. they're the most responsible. they come with family values. and that's the american story. they make our economy hum. >> so one word i hear, i've heard a lot in my life when you talk about latinos, and also many people of color, communities of color, is the word assimilation. what do you think about that word? >> well, it's a constant. it is actually probably the oil that makes our engine run in
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america. is that everybody who comes here from another country doesn't know english. everybody that comes here from another country doesn't know the customs and practices. everyone that comes here isn't yet fully assimilated into that american process. but within a generation or two, they're, you know, doing the things that everybody else does. it's the great thing about our country. shortly, within a short period of time, everybody will have trouble talking to their grandmother. that's how you know you've made it. >> i know that some people feel like if you come to this country, you should immediately learn english. >> of course. everybody does. >> not everybody. >> no, everybody does. but they don't learn it the day they get here. and that's what people don't understand. that it's a process. it's a generational process. >> i feel like that america has become so latino that if i don't speak spanish, then i'm the asshole. >> spanish would be good. language acquisition is a great thing. the more languages you speak, the more capable you are to communicating with the world. and that really is what brings
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but on the other hand, i feel like assimilation is used like a 2 x 4 to bludgeon your old language and culture out of you. just don't forget the old. a lot of the old is good stuff. what would this country be without us incorporating the cultures of other cultures. why would we want people to come to this country from a different place and to drop that old stuff? that culture has been rode tested and approved. they've worked the kinks out. you know i mean? like all this beautiful music that comes from mexico. we have this beautiful music. we've been working on it for 10,000 years. oh, that's interesting. have you heard taylor swift? [ laughter ] >> i'm at the starts studio of ernesto, an activist in boyle heights. i saw you needed an unskilled laborer. tada, here i am. he has worked with the likes of shepherd berry. today he's going to be
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collaborating with me. maybe i'm overstating it. tell me what you believe about the power of the graphic image. >> the concept behind a lot of my work is to create critical artwork for working class people. because i come from a community that's working class. i wonder if working class people grew up with artwork that was critical, that was commitically and socially charged, how that would change the minds of the youth. >> what are you doing today? >> we're drawing a hummingbird. it's a symbol to a lot of chicanos. it almost represents freedom in a way. but for me, since i'm a nerd, hummingbirds have to work so hard to try to find food, that they're always at the brink of fatigue. they're always at the brink of death. i thought it's a good representation of the working class people. they're working so hard just to make ends meet. but they do it so gracefully. >> i was there for two hours watching him work diligently like a surgeon on this piece.
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now we want to put these in. >> but in the spirit of rachael ray and cooking shows everywhere, let's fast forward to the end. >> wow! that is so not what i was expecting. like in a good way. you were just making it up as you go along. >> it's pretty calculated. >> i can tell now. art really dispels words. >> i think it's an internal thing. people have to begin an internal dialogue with themselves. and try to understand themselves. in the context of history. >> ernesto isn't the only artist using creativity. i'm dropping in on the band to use their music to tell the story of their people's past, present, and future. ♪ >> how you doing, man?
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>> good to see you. >> thanks for making it through. >> thanks for inviting me. i heard the music all the way down the street. i've heard this type of music before, but this has a different spin on it. >> we're remixing roots music with chicano kids. born here, but we got roots all over the world. 9/11 this band. jewish folks, moe hack, mexican, all across the board. but one thing that we have in common is that we all grew up here. so this process of assimilation and knowing your language, not knowing your language. where does your ancestry come from? that whole feeling proud. not feeling proud. that whole process. we call the chicano experience. >> the reason i came here, i think when people talk about race and racism in america, a lot of times they lump people of color together in one group, black and brown and yellow and light brown and tan. and i understand as the country becomes more latino, i feel like i need to reach out. i need to go to east l.a. i need to meet people and talk
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to people. >> being chicano means we have multiple identity. we love tamales and we love burgers. all of us right here, we all got college degrees. three of us right here, we got masters. my brother just got accepted to the ph.d. program ucla. >> what? [ applause ] >> so the whole idea of the immigrant, of like who are they? they're taking away, they're not giving back. you're looking at us and we're like, we're paying taxes, we're paying salary, we're creating music, we're building bridges, we're creating family. that's what we want to see. that's the america i want to see. we don't have to be the same. >> no, it's not about blending together. unless you want to blend it together. i got two of those blended kids. so this is afro-mexican music. you down to play?
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>> when you do that -- do this right here. like this. ba ba ba. ♪ ♪ ♪
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[ applause ] >> i felt every black person on tv watching me, i felt every latino on tv watching me. like don't mess that rhythm up, brother. >> you're doing that for our people. >> i've never felt so much pressure in my life. >> i don't normally dance in public, but i can't help it with the rhythm and message. plus, i didn't completely embarrass myself with the donkey jawbone. so here goes nothing. >> one, two, three. one, two, three. add the flavor, baby. >> they said that the conversation on race in america is a work in progress. and apparently, so is my dancing.
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and undocumented members in it. it is an extreme act of bravery for them to appear on television and to talk openly and honestly about their journey. so why am i the one who feels so nervous? >> hello. >> hi. >> how are you? >> kamau. >> thank you for inviting me. >> you want to help with cutting the cucumbers? >> sure. how do you want them cut? in slices? any particular way? >> let me ask my mom. >> little squares. >> that's the one way i don't know how to cut cucumbers. while marcos works as a mechanic, bertha goes to school five days a week, four hours a day to learn english and computer skills. so with your daughters, do you speak english with your daughters or spanish? >> i speak both. >> is that called spanglish?
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>> for me, it's important that both language. because my son's teacher -- >> to talk with your son's teacher, you need to speak more english. >> it goes without saying that her english is way better than my spanish. like many latino families in america, this household has a mix of statuses. the parents brought their two daughters across the border when they were children. but the two boys are automatically citizens because they were born in america. get it? me neither. so maria, you're about to graduate? >> yes. >> are you excited? >> yeah. >> so what are you hopes for going to college? >> just helping others is what i really want to do when i get my college degree. because, like, growing up, like trying to learn english, it was difficult. but since i was retained in first grade because i didn't know that much.
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>> they held you back not because you weren't smart but because you didn't know english? so she's going to college soon. how does that make you feel? >> i feel excited. but worried because she decides to go far away. >> so you want to go to college with her? >> no. >> you just want her to go to college in there. where are you going to school? do you know? >> not yet. i applied to san francisco state. they had a great support system for undocumented students. >> so it's a college that is open to undocumenteds. >> yeah. >> i would imagine sometimes you feel like you have to hide the fact that you're undocumented? >> yeah. >> i've only lived here. i was born here. as an frirn american, a lot of african-americans, we sort of struggle with our identity because we are americans, but we don't always get treated like americans. so i can relate to some of that. and thank you.
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despite how some people make it sound, you know who i'm talking about, many latino immigrants are working hard every day to improve their english skills. and to get a better idea of this, bertha has invited me to the fuente learning center where she takes english classes five days a week. and hopefully, i can work on my spanish. >> we have a visitor. >> hey! >> everybody, hello. >> how you doing? >> bertha is a friend of yours. would you like to introduce the visitor? come to the front, please. >> cultural curiosity is a street that runs both ways. i want to know more about them and they seem to want to know more about me. >> what's your name? >> my name is kamau. >> what is your purpose to be here? >> i want to learn.
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i'm not a latino. i'm a black guy. and i like to learn about new cultures and new things. and also, i need to learn spanish. so i came here where you learn english, but i want to learn spanish someday. >> how old are you? >> how old am i? excuse me. how old do you think i am? >> 25. >> 25? well, you flatter me. 22. no, no, no. no, no, no. 42. there's an expression that black people say. it's called good black don't crack. [ laughter ] >> what is your favorite food? >> i like burritos quite a lot. it feels like i'm pandering, but i like burritos quite a lot. >> how many hours a week do you
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exercise? >> well, you know, currently zero. >> you eat many burritos. >> when exactly did this turn into a roast? >> why do you want to learn english? >> because i want to improve my better english for myself, because sometimes i need to go to the doctor, and they put somebody to talk to me. i don't want. i want to talk to the doctor, what is my problems. and that's how i come here, to learn english. >> wow. i mean, this lady just wants to be able to communicate with her doctor. and bertha just wants to be able to talk to her kids' teachers. and i just want to be able to eat burritos without falling into a damn shame spiral. none of that should be too much to ask. >> what did you think about the
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one place where latino cultures have been absolutely underrepresented is in movies and television. there are those doing what they can to get their people's stories told. >> okay, guys, let's do it again. >> i'm here in east l.a. on if set of an original series that airs on hulu. >> you guys do the step towards the back. >> this is gabe, one of the stars of this high school teen drama. it's one of hulu's top ten shows and a favorite for binge
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watchers and one of the first to feature an all latino english speaking cast. how does it feel? this is history. >> this is history, man. it feels great. it's a blessing, man, to be able to be part of the start of a change. a lot of the hispanic cultures, they're movie goers. we watch movies all the time. but we just don't see ourselves in a lot of this stuff that's out there. so it's exciting for us to be part of that transition where the industry is starting to take notice. >> why do you think that the industry is starting to take notice? >> i mean, numbers don't lie. >> tell it, gabe. >> we've been here for years. i auditioned for the bad guys and the gangster. >> we've had similar auditions. mine they didn't ask me to speak spanish. that's the only difference. >> so getting away from that is, like, huge. for me as an actor. and i think for a lot of us to
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be able to have the opportunities to audition for projects, get to be lead roles and be heroes in movies and television. >> and as we all know, sometimes you got to dance it out. >> absolutely. you have to. love music. got to dance it out all the time. >> i got moves, gabe. you're not the only one who can wear a white t-shirt and look good. but other than that, i got moves. some of this. oh, i broke it. >> she caught you having a moment. you kiss him and then you drag it away. >> and here's the person responsible for all of this, the show's producer, creator and director, carlos portugal. >> i don't want you coming on to her at this point. >> so yeah, it may not seem like standing around telling attractive people when to make out is a big deal, but there's a much bigger picture here that is a very big deal. so thank you for talking to us today. >> my pleasure. >> so what was the idea behind creating hollywood's first all
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latino english speaking television show? >> well, i'm an immigrant. i came to the united states when i was 9 and i always grew up watching images on television and movies of other people that were in my race. we usually see ourselves as the maids, the gardeners, the gang members. and i think there's over 60 million latinos in the united states. and, you know, there's a little bit of everything. my father started as a milkman, my mother was a maid, so i come from that background. but i also have uncles who were doctors, who were accountants and lawyers, so i feel it's very important to tell those stories. >> where do you feel it's going? >> i want to keep growing and seeing different stories, a show about latinos from a latino's point of view. >> action. >> not only are we dealing with
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dancing and drama and romance, but we're dealing with stuff like domestic abuse, immigration, stories you usually don't deal with on television, and we get to tell the good, the bad, the ugly, the pretty, the beautiful. if we had time, we'd take you outside and show you how to do this dance. >> you don't have time, sir. that would take what i like to call season four and five. >> you and i are brothers. somebody asked me, do you dance? i go, no, that's why i write. >> one thing you hear a lot is the idea of assimilation. >> yeah. >> is that a dirty word to you? is that a good word? >> i think the only thing that's for sure in the world is change. so i think we all have to stay open to change, now, having said that, there are things that we have to stand up for. you know, but no, i think assimilation is actually what all my projects have been about. about being a latino living in the anglo world and how we bring both cultures into that. >> yeah, that is fascinating.
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>> and you're here and you should speak english. if you want to succeed, you have to speak the language. >> oh, wow. do you speak spanish too? >> perfectly. >> you're good. he does, everybody. he speaks it very well. "east los high" is a great example the strides the latino community are making. seeing people who look like you in hollywood can be empowering, especially for kids discovering who they are and where they come from. next, i want to talk again with hector and denise. they have both talked openly about their specific struggles growing up and trying to figure out how they fit into all the cultures they represent. i've heard the words chicano and chicana. i've also heard hispanic, latino, latina. give me a breakdown.
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>> chicano came from the people, that came from the streets, from the struggle of people saying brown is beautiful. we want the same privileges and quality of life as anybody else. hispanic. i don't know. >> was that reagan? >> it's a white man's word? >> it's a senseless word to basically put everybody who remotely speaks spanish under an umbrella term to make it really easy. >> to keep track. >> like all right, all right, put everybody in a category. latino is also another complicated term. people use it as an umbrella term. what do you call everybody from latin america. but also latino has the word latin. and we ain't latin people. latin is french, italian, spanish, portuguese. those are latin languages. and also, it does not honor the fact that we existed as a people before columbus.
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before the latin colonization. >> how did you grow up? >> spanish was my first language. but when you come to school here, everybody out about english. everything's about being american. everything's about being white. >> assimilation. >> put your mexican food away. over here, we eat ham and cheese white bread sandwiches. and that's what i wanted. when i was a kid, i was ashamed of who i was. i was ashamed to speak in spanish. i wanted to be something else. i wanted to have that nice, like, white boy haircut. like the one that's slick on the side. >> after going to college, after getting a masters degree, after all the stuff that the american dream is supposed to give, there's still the fear and there's still the are we okay being visible. >> it's the colonization of the mind. >> and now, i'm hella proud of
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being chicano. of having my family that came from another country, that worked so hard to be here. you know what i'm saying? losing your language, feeling proud of who you are. but also not knowing who you are. that anxiety. that pride. that anxiousness. >> knowing where you can be proud. >> all of that. >> you mix that and that experience is what we call being chicano and being chicana. >> it's funny, because everything you're saying is make me like, i think i'm a chicano. that's all the same stuff. >> america has a tendency to want everybody to buy into americanism or get out of the way. >> and that is wrong. families can't feel that they can practice their culture. this is a land of immigrants. this is native land first. then you stole black folks from africa, brought them here. and the latino folks, trying to
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make them feel like second class citizens. >> even though a lot of this land was mexico. >> basically we're in north mexico right now, right? >> that's right. just to remind everybody. a big chunk of this country was mexico up until the mexican-american war in 1848. yep, the people we're trying to keep out owned this land just over 150 years ago. >> i think for a long time, chicanos and latinos have been surviving. what it means now is we're creating the conditions, and we're creating the story, the new narrative, and i think for me, what it is to be chicano is i'm a story teller. i'm taking all the sufferings that my family had to go through and making sure that tomorrow, that this country is not only good for latinos, but it's good for everybody, man. you know what i'm saying? so it's my job to help move that forward. >> all right. all right. >> our job. >> that's right. business. g big for small you'll never get charged data overages, ever.
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i've always really gotten into the idea of taking your culture and mixing it with the current day. a really great example of latinos remixing their culture is the growth of the
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quinntanera. or in english, her super sweet 15. dating back to the 1400s, it's considered a rite of passage for girls transitioning to womanhood. this ceremony would take place in a church in guatemala. but here in southern california, it's taking place in a fancy country club. get it. the party has a hollywood theme. and they've gone all out. how all out? that's not our camera crane. that's their camera crane. we couldn't afford that. and it's all for alexia. i wonder if it's too late for me to have a quintanera. >> i've been dreaming of this day since i was a little girl. >> really? which day are you more excited for, this day or your wedding day? >> this day. >> because you only turn 15 once. >> that's true. you can get married a lot of
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times. >> yeah. >> alexia's father is as proud as a man can be, who is probably doing everything he can to not think about how much this is costing him. >> what does this ceremony mean today? >> for me, it means my daughter has gone from childhood to woman. >> and so from this point forward, she's a woman? >> she's a woman. >> okay. all right. but she still gets to live at home, right? >> yeah, there's no way i can let her go. >> she's not that much of a woman. >> no, no. >> i'm going to talk to the people who figured out how to pair the old traditions with the new country, and also who figured out how much all this should cost. >> you're the event planner? >> yes. >> and how has it changed over the years? >> i think back then, it would be simple. like really simple. but now it's decorations, food, dances. it's a lot. it takes more now than it used to. >> why do you think they've gotten so much bigger? >> because people want to show off. we want to do it big.
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>> all right. what do you think about when you hear that latinos are the fastest growing demographic in america? how does it make you feel? >> it's great. more money in our pockets. >> true capitalist. >> that's about as american as you can get. cha-ching. beyond all the shiny stuff, the fancy clothes, the country club and the delicious food that a member of the staff snuck out to me, you'll still find the heart of this tradition. in family is doing what we all do. they're using it to make an old tradition new. what i'm saying is they are being americans.
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>> what's important to them goes beyond material wealth. >> one thing -- i'm curious. you're undocumented. your family is undocumented. your brothers were born here. but your father and your mother and your younger sister are undocumented. is that a fear that you walk around with? being deported or your parents being deported? do you feel that fear every day? >> not all the time. but sometimes. >> when do you feel it? >> when there's the big buses. the ones that deport the people back. >> and so sometimes you're just walking down the street and you'll see one of those buses -- what goes through your mind when you see that? >> just seeing that bus pass by me is like what is my family is next? what if my family gets separated? >> yeah. >> so i heard that you might have some news. >> yes. >> what is your news? >> that i got accepted to san francisco state. >> yes! that's where i live. we'll be neighbors. are you excited? >> yes. >> that's a great school.
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>> i think it's great that you're going to go to college. i believe you have it in you to accomplish all your goals or more. i'm really happy that there's a path for that. >> i think the past should be easier. good luck in college. >> thank you. >> to me, it's clearly about the person. [ bleep ] the paperwork. you know, when my people came, we didn't have our papers either. they seemed to be perfectly fine with letting us in. we had receipts. does that count as papers? is it too soon? of wheat... and one that's sweet.
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does anybody here know how hard it is to cross the border? because i don't. thank black jesus. those of us who don't know have to reconceive our idea of what the border is. it sounds like it's just the line. like i'm going to cross the border. tada! but it's not really that easy. like the border is hundreds of
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miles. most of it is desert. it takes hours and days to get across. and there's people that take advantage. people get assaulted. they have to pay money. they get ripped off. it is a brutal, horrible experience. and my thing is, if you want to do all that to get to this country, then welcome to america, you're a citizen. that's your citizenship test. i don't care how much you know about george w. bush chopping down the cherry tree. i think that's how it goes. am i right about that? i can't end my time in east l.a. without checking in one more time. at one of their main spots. hopefully, they won't ask me to dance. i hope all the non-latinos who enjoy talking about people assimilating into quote unquote american culture are having a good time right now. because soon, latinos are going to be talking about us assimilating into their culture.
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in los america. it feels like we're in the future. >> we are living in the future. the past hasn't gone anywhere. we live in the future, man. we lean into it from the present. we remember where we're going from. we charted the stars, we built pyramids, we have medicine that's lasted for thousands of years. so what you're in right now is an echo of our ancestors. >> wow. i'm honored to be here. what would you say to the americans living in parts of the country that don't feel like this, who, i'll say are afraid of that idea? >> i think it's just a matter of understanding our differences and being good with it. we have to respect each other. we all bring something to the table. >> we do. i don't appreciate you wearing my glasses better than i wear my glasses. this week i've learned that this community is made up of all
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sorts of people. with a variety of backgrounds and traditions. but what they all have in common is the desire to be acknowledged and accepted for who they are. and i don't see anything wrong with that. besides, how boring would it be if we were all the same? >> good to have you here. i'm glad you can experience the east side. this is movement. this is music. this is like solidarity, man. and this is what we're cultivating. it's not quite heaven. but definitely not hell. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> so, let's do this. >> ready to jump in? >> yeah. >> listen up. all of our asses are on the line. >> more like your ass. you're the one who's going to lose your job. >> look, am i the only one who wants this? >> i'm just saying, that's what you're always saying. >> it will be your asses at the
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valentine's assembly. >> man, she's tough. >> show some respect, man! she ain't j-lo and you ain't the boy next door. let's go. that's enough of that. >> what? i've never been to prison, except for this show. which again is one of those things that is weird to say out loud. me going prison is how a person who lives in new york and never stepped on poop. doesn't mean you're good, just means you're lucky. i feel there are two things true about prison. every man in this room has had the thought of who would be in prison. i would be the guy who ran the yard. i would be the guy who was in charge. come to me if you need everything. every guy thinks they would be that guy when most think [ crying ] please. my name is w. kamau bell. as a comedian i've made a living fi


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