Yo Soy Joaquin
My first thoughts when I read this book was this guy are really attached to his people and he wants the best for them. The poem “I Am Joaquin,” written by Rodolfo Gonzales is about our Hispanic and Indian culture, Mexican heroes, and American lives. In the poem, Joaquin express many different emotions that he had felt about his world. Overall, I believe that Joaquin was angry of how society was towards his culture, the fact that now he must choose between economic and his cultural identity and where we were and now are. To begin with, Joaquin feels that he does not belong in this world for the way he is treated. In the poem, Joaquin said that by the rules, attitudes, manipulation and modern society. I have come to find that we all are Joaquin. This poem was and still is the corner post of the Chicano Movement. It cites our history. Where we come from and where we are going. It up to Raza to keep our culture alive, whether it be through lowriding or keeping a 4.0 G.P.A. We are a people who will not be ignored. Yes Corky was angry when he wrote this poem but he did not orget his people. He stated a school in Denver which is still going to educate the youth in Denver. In essence Joaquin is the hero, Corky is the hero, I am the hero, You are the hero, We all are the heroes because we are from a line of very important people. We have stopped asking We now demand!