La Raza is the name for the Hispanic organization in the United States. It means “The Race.” People of Mexican origin in the United States are called “Hispanics” (Spanish speaking) or, more properly, “Chicanos.”
In this video that’s gone viral in the last couple of days, a pony-tailed high school teacher at a La Raza Rally at UCLA calls for a La Raza revolution against “capitalism,” “imperialism,” and the white man, because America is really “their” land:
“We are revolutionary Mexican organization here. We understand that this is not just about Mexico. It’s about a global struggle against imperialism and capitalism At the forefront of this revolutionary movement is La Raza. We will no longer fall for these lies called borders. We see America as a northern front of a revolutionary movement. Our enemy is capitalism and imperialism.”
[H/t beloved FellowshipOfMinds’ co-founder, Steve, for the video!]
Thanks to Free Republic, we now know that the Ché Guevara wannabe is Ron Gochez, a history teacher at Sanchee High School, in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Here is contact information for Gochez:
- Sanchee High School:
- website: http://www.santeefalcons.org/
- Phone: (213) 763-1000
- Los Angeles Unified School District:
- Tel: 213-241-7000
- Los Angeles Board of Education:
- Tel: 213-241-6389
- Email: email@example.com
Ché Guevara wannabes like this pony-tailed dude is not new. Radical Chicano intellectuals have been calling for Réconquista! since the 1960s. What they expire to is the creation of a Nation of Aztlan in America’s southwest. As explained by an article, “Multiculturalism, Immigration, and Aztlan,” in the Social Contract:
According to legend, Aztlan was the ancestral homeland of the Aztecs which they left in journeying southward to found Tenochtitlan, the center of their new civilization, which is today’s Mexico City. Today, the “Nation of Aztlan” refers to the American southwestern states of California, Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, portions of Nevada, Utah, Colorado, which Chicano nationalists claim were stolen by the United States and must be reconquered (Reconquista) and reclaimed for Mexico. The myth of Aztlan was revived by Chicano political activists in the 1960s as a central symbol of Chicano nationalist ideology.
In 1969, at the Chicano National Liberation Youth Conference in Denver, Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales put forth a political document entitled El Plan de Aztlan (Spiritual Plan of Aztlan). The Plan is a clarion call to Mexican-Americans to form a separate Chicano nation:
“In the spirit of a new people that is conscious not only of its proud historical heritage, but also of the brutal “gringo” invasion of our territories, we, the Chicano inhabitants and civilizers of the northern land of Aztlan from whence came our forefathers … declare that the call of our blood is … our inevitable destiny. …Aztlan belongs to those who plant the seeds, water the fields, and gather the crops, and not to the foreign Europeans. We do not recognize capricious frontiers on the bronze continent. …Brotherhood unites us, and love for our brothers makes us a people whose Time has come. …With our heart in our hands and our hands in the soil, we declare the independence of our mestizo nation. We are a bronze people with a bronze culture. Before the world, before all of North America, before all our brothers in the bronze continent, we are a nation, we are a union of free pueblos, we are Aztlan.”
Read the rest of the article HERE.
Radical Chicano activists have been around since the 1960s. What is new is that the great numbers of illegal Hispanic immigrants in the United States are increasingly a political flashpoint as beleaguered states like Arizona begin enforcing federal immigration laws. La Raza’s revolutionary ideology of Reconquista! is sure to find new recruits among the thousands of protesters at the recent May Day pro-illegal immigration rallies across America.