Burns' WWII doc upsets Latino veterans
Ken Burns' upcoming PBS documentary about World War II has angered some veterans and leaders in the Latino community.
The protest was sparked by Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez, who runs an oral history project about Latino veterans for the University of Texas.
Burns points out that not every story could be told in The War, his 14-hour documentary slated to air on PBS this September, but the documentary contains no interviews with Latino soldiers whatsoever. Unfortunately, going back and splicing in stories from Latino veterans is easier said than done, and satisfying Rivas-Rodriguez's desire to have at least an additional two hours dedicated to Latino veterans is a rather tall order, considering the documentary focuses on four specific communities and Latino veterans from each of those communities would have to be found and their stories spliced in to fit the overall narrative.
It's a sticky situation, to say the least, and an oversight that, according to this article, Burns seems sensitive to. Still, the documentary, which took six years to complete, is by all accounts finished and already being promoted, so it seems unlikely any changes will be made. I can understand Latinos wanting fair representation for the sacrifices they made during the war, but I also imagine it's impossible to tackle a subject as vast as World War II and not have to leave some things out.