They didn’t teach you in school that most cowboys were emancipated slaves and Mexicans. What, you actually thought that white men were going to be riding around taking care of cows instead of stealing them? If you go to Wyoming most of the people doing that are still Latino because nobody born there wants to do it. It’s extremely hard, dangerous and backbreaking labor. Rodeo is literally a Spanish word, vaqueros in Mexico would hold informal competitions during down time. Many died before 30. Yet in the movies they show white men in big hats doing everything except working.
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IMAGES: 1. The Magnificent Seven (1960) centers around 7 white men hired to protect a Mexican village being terrorized by outlaws 2. John Wayne plays Britt Johnson, a Black cowboy and ex-slave, in The Searchers (1956). In 1971 Wayne told Playboy, “I believe in white supremacy until blacks are educated to the point of responsibility.” 3. Jack Oakie, another white actor, plays Jim Beckwourth, a Black man and ex-slave turned scout for hire, in Tomahawk (1951).