Some quite interesting information and theories in this article. If true - and I have no reason to doubt - it explains a lot about how low-riding began, and why. Some things I had no idea about! For instance, cement bags in the trunk: apparently, I've created a few low-riders completely by accident over the years! 😊
When I see some of these cars, I am always amazed at the level of engineering and assembly that is required - quite impressive in most cases. I figure that most I see nowadays aren't created in protest of anything - they just look cool and are fun for their creators and owners. But maybe not. Maybe there is still some underlying "stick it to the man" stuff bubbling.
When I was jacking up front suspensions in the '60s, I had no idea I was working against some sort of social norm - I just thought it would throw more weight rearward and give me better hole-shots. When I was throwing height into rear suspensions, I didn't consider what sort of statement I was making - I was just looking for clearance for big meats, again in pursuit of dusting off the car next to me (and possibly looking good, but that's pretty subjective).
I don't know if I was part of some sort of protest movement or not, but I can sure see how the low-rider culture probably was. All I can say today is, for whatever reasons it started, I'm glad it's around and I respect those who build them and drive them for their creativity and contributions to the automotive community in general!