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Ken Burns says The War is the best thing he has ever done. Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez disagrees. The University of Texas journalism professor led Hispanic activists who blasted Burns for initially excluding a Latino perspective.

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Ken Burns says The War is the best thing he has ever done. Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez disagrees. The University of Texas journalism professor led Hispanic activists who blasted Burns for initially excluding a Latino perspective. Now they say the two veterans Burns added aren’t enough to represent the USA’s largest ethnic minority group. Rivas-Rodriguez’s Defend the Honor group plans to protest at five PBS stations in California and Texas on Sept. 21, when The War premieres. Because The War is a Burns film, “you expect a definitive look,” says Rivas-Rodriguez, who has led the U.S. Latino and Latina World War II Oral History Project, which has collected more than 615 Latino war veterans’ stories. “Somebody was asleep at the wheel.”

USA Today
Activists: More Latino Voices Needed
(Sept. 21)