The Truth About La Raza by C Norton in Human Events-2006/04/07
The nation’s television screens many days recently have been filled with scenes of huge crowds carrying the
colorful green and red flag of Mexico viewers could well have thought it was a national holiday in Mexico City.
It was instead, downtown Los Angeles, Calif., although the scene was recreated in numerous other cities around
the country with substantial Mexican populations. Hordes of Mexican expatriates, many here illegally, were
protesting the very U.S. immigration laws they were violating with impunity. They found it offensive and a violation
of their rights that the U.S. dared to have immigration laws to begin with.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa mounted the podium, but any hopes that he would quiet the crowds and
defend the law were soon dashed. Villaraigosa, himself, has spent a lifetime opposing U.S. immigration law.
For law-abiding Americans without knowledge of the dark side of our current illegal immigration crisis, all this is
unfathomable. For those who know the truth about the “La Raza” movement, these demonstrations were a
It is past time for all Americans to know what is at the root of this outrageous behavior, and the extent to which the
nation is at risk because of “La Raza” — The Race.
There are many immigrant groups joined in the overall “La Raza” movement. The most prominent and mainstream
organization is the National Council de La Raza — the Council of “The Race”.
To most of the mainstream media, most members of Congress, and even many of their own members, the National
Council of La Raza is no more than a Hispanic Rotary Club.
But the National Council of La Raza succeeded in raking in over $15.2 million in federal grants last year alone, of
which $7.9 million was in U.S. Department of Education grants for Charter Schools, and undisclosed amounts were
for get-out-the-vote efforts supporting La Raza political positions.
The Council of La Raza succeeded in having itself added to congressional hearings by Republican House and
Senate leaders. And an anonymous senator even gave the Council of La Raza an extra $4 million in earmarked
taxpayer money, supposedly for “housing reform,” while La Raza continues to lobby the Senate for virtual open
borders and amnesty for illegal aliens.
The Mexican flag flew over a crowd of pro-amnesty marchers in New York. Marches like this across the U.S. have
been supported by the “La Raza” movement. (Reuters/Seth Wenig)
Radical ‘Reconquista’ Agenda
Behind the respectable front of the National Council of La Raza lies the real agenda of the La Raza movement, the
agenda that led to those thousands of illegal immigrants in the streets of American cities, waving Mexican flags,
brazenly defying our laws, and demanding concessions.
Key among the secondary organizations is the radical racist group Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan, or
Chicano Student Movement of Aztlan (MEChA), one of the most anti-American groups in the country, which has
permeated U.S. campuses since the 1960s, and continues its push to carve a racist nation out of the American West.
One of America’s greatest strengths has always been taking in immigrants from cultures around the world, and
assimilating them into our country as Americans. By being citizens of the U.S. we are Americans first, and only, in
our national loyalties.
This is totally opposed by MEChA for the hordes of illegal immigrants pouring across our borders, to whom they
“Chicano is our identity; it defines who we are as people. It rejects the notion that we…should assimilate into the
Anglo-American melting pot…Aztlan was the legendary homeland of the Aztecas … It became synonymous with
the vast territories of the Southwest, brutally stolen from a Mexican people marginalized and betrayed by the
hostile custodians of the Manifest Destiny.” (Statement on University of Oregon MEChA Website, Jan. 3, 2006)
MEChA isn’t at all shy about their goals, or their views of other races. Their founding principles are contained in
these words in “El Plan Espiritual de Aztlan” (The Spiritual Plan for Aztlan):
“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, reclaiming the land of their birth and consecrating the determination of our people of the
sun, declare that the call of our blood is our power, our responsibility, and 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 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. For La Raza todo. Fuera de La Raza
That closing two-sentence motto is chilling to everyone who values equal rights for all. It says: “For The Race
everything. Outside The Race, nothing.”
If these morally sickening MEChA quotes were coming from some fringe website, Americans could at least console
themselves that it was just a small group of nuts behind it. Nearly every racial and ethnic group has some shady
characters and positions in its past and some unbalanced individuals today claiming racial superiority and
demanding separatism. But this is coming straight from the official MEChA sites at Georgetown University, the
University of Texas, UCLA, University of Michigan, University of Colorado, University of Oregon, and many other
colleges and universities around the country.
MEChA was in fact reported to be one of the main organizers of those street demonstrations we witnessed over the
past weeks. That helps explain why those hordes of illegal immigrants weren’t asking for amnesty — they were
demanding an end to U.S. law, period. Unlike past waves of immigrants who sought to become responsible
members of American society, these protesters reject American society altogether, because they have been taught
that America rightfully belongs to them.
MEChA and the La Raza movement teach that Colorado, California, Arizona, Texas, Utah, New Mexico, Oregon and
parts of Washington State make up an area known as “Aztlan” — a fictional ancestral homeland of the Aztecs
before Europeans arrived in North America. As such, it belongs to the followers of MEChA. These are all areas
America should surrender to “La Raza” once enough immigrants, legal or illegal, enter to claim a majority, as in Los
Angeles. The current borders of the United States will simply be extinguished.
This plan is what is referred to as the “Reconquista” or reconquest, of the Western U.S.
But it won’t end with territorial occupation and secession. The final plan for the La Raza movement includes the
ethnic cleansing of Americans of European, African, and Asian descent out of “Aztlan.”
As Miguel Perez of Cal State-Northridge’s MEChA chapter has been quoted as saying: “The ultimate ideology is the
liberation of Aztlan. Communism would be closest [to it]. Once Aztlan is established, ethnic cleansing would
commence: Non-Chicanos would have to be expelled — opposition groups would be quashed because you have to
Members of these radical, anti-American, racist organizations are frequently smoothly polished into public
respectability by the National Council of La Raza.
Former MEChA members include Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who was officially endorsed by La Raza
for mayor and was awarded La Raza’s Graciela Olivarez Award. Now we know why he refuses to condemn a sea of
foreign flags in his city. California Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante is also a former MEChA member. He delivered the
keynote address at La Raza’s 2002 Annual Convention.
The National Council of La Raza and its allies in public office make no repudiation of the radical MEChA and its
positions. In fact, as recently as 2003, La Raza was actively funding MEChA, according to federal tax records.
Imagine Robert Byrd’s refusing to disavow the views of the KKK, or if Strom Thurmond had failed to admit
segregation was wrong. Imagine Heritage or Brookings Foundation making grants to the American Nazi Party.
Is the National Council of La Raza itself a racist organization? Regardless of the organization’s suspect ties, the
majority of its members are not. When one examines all the organization’s activities, they are commendable non-
profit projects, such as education and housing programs.
But even these defensible efforts raise the question of whether education and housing programs funded with
federal tax dollars should be used in programs specifically targeted to benefit just one ethnic group.
La Raza defenders usually respond by calling anyone making these allegations “a racist” for having called attention
to La Raza’s racist links. All the groups and public officials with ties to the La Raza movement can take a big step
towards disproving these allegations by simply following the examples of Senators Byrd and Thurmond and
repenting of their past ways.
If they are unwilling to admit past misdeeds, they can at least state — unequivocally — that they officially oppose
the racist and anti-American positions of MEChA, and any other groups that espouse similar views.
Through public appearances, written statements, and on their respective websites, La Raza groups and allies must:
1. Denounce the motto “For La Raza todo. Fuera de La Raza nada,” as repugnant, racist, and totally incompatible
with American society or citizenship.
2. Acknowledge the right of all Americans to live wherever they choose in the U.S. without segregation.
3. Commit to sponsorship of nationwide educational programs to combat racism and anti-Semitism in the Hispanic
4. Denounce and sever all ties with MEChA and any other organizations with which they have ever been associated
which held to the racist doctrines held by MEChA.
5. Acknowledge the internationally recognized borders of the U.S., the right of the citizens of the U.S. to determine
immigration policy through the democratic process, and the right of the U.S. to undertake any and all necessary
steps to effectively enforce immigration law and defend its border against unauthorized entry.
6. Repudiate all claims that current American territory rightfully belongs to Mexico.
If the National Council of La Raza, other La Raza groups, and local and national political leaders with past ties and
associations with the radical elements of the La Raza movement can publicly issue such a statement and live by
every one of these principles, they should be welcomed into the American public policy arena, with past sins — real
or imaginary — forgiven.
If they cannot publicly and fully support these principles, Congress needs to take appropriate steps and
immediately bar any group refusing to comply from receiving any future federal funds. Both the House and Senate
should strike these groups from testifying before any committees, and the White House should sever all ties. Both
political parties should disengage from any further contact with these groups and individuals.
There are plenty of decent, patriotic Hispanic organizations and elected officials to provide Congress with
necessary feedback on specific issues confronting Americans of Latino heritage. Any group or individual who can
agree with the simple six points should be welcomed into that fold.
If not, the American people will know there’s a wolf in their midst, and take the necessary precautions to defend
our Republic against an enemy.
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