The Revolt of the Cockroach People

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The Revolt of the Cockroach People
First edition
Author Oscar Zeta Acosta
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Straight Arrow Press
Publication date
Pages 258
ISBN 0-87932-060-5
Preceded by Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo

The Revolt of the Cockroach People is a novel by Oscar Zeta Acosta. The novel is a semi-autobiographical fictionalized account of the August 29, 1970 Chicano Moratorium, a mass protest of the Vietnam War. In addition to political protest, the characters engage in insurrection against religious, educational, and legal systems. During the Moratorium, demonstrations are held while buildings are bombed and people die. The protagonist, Buffalo Zeta Brown, represents the rioters who were indicted unjustly but attracted media to make Latinos aware of their social condition. Eventually, the pressures from the court, the community, and his life become too overwhelming, and Buffalo Zeta Brown decides to leave town to start afresh in San Francisco. The title of this novel and its references to "cockroaches" is a metaphor for society's undesirables, particularly minorities, and their constant presence.

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