Need to Know: Banned in Arizona

This broadcast originally aired on February 15, 2013.

Anchor Ray Suarez

This week Need to Know travels to Tucson, Arizona, to report on a long-running dispute over a Mexican-American studies program.

Supporters say the program has helped at-risk students improve their test scores and graduate high school, while opponents contend it encourages anti-American sentiment and subversive thinking.

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Outlawed in Arizona

In Tucson, Arizona a dispute over a Mexican-American studies program has tensions high; supporters say it has helped re-engage at risk students and improved their test scores. Opponents contend it encourages subversive thinking.

Claudio Iván Remeseira on the future of ethnic studies

Editor-in-chief of “Hispanic New York” (www.hispanicny.com), Remeseira teaches a seminar on the history of Latinos and the Latinization of the U.S. at Columbia University’s Center for American Studies.

Explore the banned curriculum

Find out what is actually at dispute in Tucson’s classrooms. Peruse the contested curriculum.

Laying down the law

Read AZ House Bill 2281 — which prohibits courses in public schools that “are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group” or promote resentment against a race or class of people.”

Read the report

An independent audit of Tucson Unified School District’s Mexican American Studies Department doesn’t support the declaration by state schools chief John Huppenthal that TUSD’s ethnic studies classes violate the law.

Taboo topics in schools

From Darwin to divinity — a brief look at America’s classroom wars.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=50316407 Jeremy Deville

    I guess there will never be a European American studies class. No, that would be racist right?

  • http://www.facebook.com/DrCintli Roberto Rodriguez

    Jeremy: Perhaps you should do minimal research before exhibiting your lack of knowledge on the subject.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kinomaage Martin Reinhardt

    One of the reasons we have ethnic studies is because the public school curriculum is all about European American history, language, and culture.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gbuelna Gabriel Buelna

    I’d recommend viewers watch documentary Outlawing Shakespeare: The Battle for the Tucson Mind. It’s at http://www.outlawingshakespeare.com. The documentary covers many of the issues of the Tucson Mexican American Studies issue. It also brings up different points. Good luck!

  • http://www.facebook.com/gbuelna Gabriel Buelna

    Wath Outlawing Shakespeare: The Battle for the Tucson Mind http://www.outlawingshakespeare.com

  • Dr.Disenchanted

    I recently retired from a college in Oregon where, among other things, I developed curriculum for Multicultural psychology, and assisted in the hire and advidory committee for our Ethnic Studies program. The Social Science department tried to ban the course from ever being taught, and to cancel the program. The attitudes there have led to a hostile environment for many of us, resulting in early retirement, job transfers, lawsuits, etc. But still the narrowmindedness continues. If they get rid of all the courses and teachers who lead our students to think critically and become involved citizens, what is the point in education?

  • libertylover

    I read

  • Matthew from St. Louis

    As a junior in High School, I agree and see the necessity of teaching the ability to think critically. Their is no point in a democracy if people do not have the ability to process information and come to their own conclusions. However, I can see how this program could be viewed as racist, even if the racism is unintentional. In an environment of all students and teachers of the same race, when discussions occur, the pronouns will most likely shift from 3rd to 1st person. For example, instead of saying, “When the [United States] took territory from [Mexico] in the US-Mexican war”, in a classroom focused on the Mexican race this could sound like, “When [they] took territory from [us] in the US-Mexican war”. History could possibly be viewed more personally than objectively, and this creation of a “us and them” mindset is inherently racist. Therefore the creation of a “us and them” mindset would foster less thinking critically, because the students in the program will automatically associate themselves with the “stereotypical” beliefs of their race by the use of the inclusive language. Instead of students creating their own beliefs by use of a more objective learning, this program may foster race wide beliefs onto the students, undermining creative thought, and promoting racism, not on purpose but accidentally.

  • libertylover

    I read 1st The great Gatsby, then Bless me ultima in high schol. It was after i read the later that I finally felt as if I could identify myself. I took latinas studies in college and found some more perspective that was closer to my American experience.

  • teacher

    The problem with the Latino studies program in Arizona again clearly shows the problem with general history teaching in American schools. There are even voices complaining that it is not patriotic enough! This class is often taught as an indoctrination in American exceptionalism rather than an overview of what actually happened in the course of time all over the world. Some subjects are taught as crassly black or white, which deprives students of the opportunity to weigh ideas within their historical context and make up their own minds. Indoctrination has no place in school as it easily leads to brainwashing, the Arizona program should have avoided that trap, But the other side should also.

    Thank you,

    forever a teacher

  • Luis Diaz

    I am a mexican american and became a citizen last year my opinion is these classes should have been discontinued i agree with that decision. Why well i think that these classes um probably never had the intentions of promoting racism. Its the teachers fault and so is the program because the statistics say more students were graduating getting good grades but there were also being steriotypes to white people basically every other race except latinos. Futhermore I am a little confused why these people wanted to take a class of us history it generally does mean you have to believe that christopher columbus discovered america the ultimate goal is to expand our knowledge and take in new information to prepare you for college. You also have to take into consideration if you want to succed in this country you need to learn what the public and private schools have taught ever since america had their first school, honestly watching the program tonight listening to the stories it seems to me that these kids were looking for another way out because they were flunking classes history math english these basic classes the transform us into the adults they will eventually be. If they cant handle simple classes like these how are they ever going to handle a corporate job or managing a business by taking these classes it already stays encryted in their minds that takjng a short cut is the the solution which should not be the case.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gbuelna Gabriel Buelna

    Great interviews, however, more background would have been better and the behavior of some of the TUSD School Board members. I suggest you look at Outlawing Shakespeare; The Battle for the Tucson Mind, http://www.outlawingshakespeare.com.

  • Lets be real…

    I come from a city in Southern California that is equally white and hispanic. It seems ridiculous to me that if kids at school formed a “white” club, it would unanimously be considered racist, while groups based solely on race are allowed to exist, thrive, and are celebrated, if they are of Hispanic descent. This confuses other children at school. It creates an environment where groups are alienated from one another, and a culture with a massive “double standard” is created. We should be able to learn without people who are quite obviously “racist” being involved. The whole truth should be told, with ALL of us participating, as one group learning about the world around us. Not one group being villafied.

  • Liz in Phoenix

    If this was a high school elective, there would be less controversy.
    This was the only American History class that these students took, in place of the standard U.S. History class. By focusing on ethnic studies, major topics in history may have not been given equal weight. Would Chicago substitute Black History for the standard course in U.S. history? Would San Francisco substitute Chinese-American Studies for the standard U.S.History?

  • Chito

    Publicly funded education isn’t supposed to be the beginning and end of learning. It is only a beginning.

  • Troy from Troy

    It’s funny to hear the educational benefits of this program touted by interviewees who seem unable to complete even one sentence without, like, you know, at least saying “like”, or “you know” two or three times…followed by, like, a question mark? It seems that no matter the makeup of the student body, in the United States, teachers are focused mainly on history as a function of keeping people perpetually aggrieved and on training kids for careers as professional protestors.

    Considering the wealth of history and culture of Latin America, it would be appropriate to put more emphasis on the sort of program discussed in this episode no matter what the ethnic makeup of the students, but how about doing so while at the same time teaching students how to communicate as if their skulls contained a brain?

  • MARSHALL hughes

    I listened and I must testify that American history is not a correct view of African Americans true culture, language or family identity. Thus I agree with the ideas of teachigs to the minority groups but know black people are in reality Africa’s lost tribes. A People, A Tongue, A Land, A History!!

  • Baba from Indiana

    Actually, very few schools offer literature or information about any other cultures. Even with a BA from a reputable college, I was never introduced to any literature that was not American or English. There was no Cervantes, Dante, Tolstoy, nor introduction to the Mahabharata, Chinese, Japanese or any other ancient literature. Because of my age, I also never read black authors, past or present. It took the Civil Rights movement to make that happen. I am second generation American from the Slavic world, and I learned about my roots from activities in my ethnic community. I agree that young Latinos need to know who they are, but so do young people from all the diverse groups in our melting pot. To understand the American mosaic and how we as individuals fit, seek out diversity, listen and learn. Understanding is powerful.

  • DP

    The hispanic studies courses in TUSD are absolutely la raza propaganda that espouses the notion of reconquista or an invasion of America by Mexicans. It is racist, subversive and hate filled indoctrination, paid for with U.S. taxpayer money. It is a Mexican version of a madrassa. People would be outraged if they taught a KKK class at a public school but some reason, this class is called diversity training and cultural awareness.

  • Nancy from Tucson, Arizona

    Thank you Ray Suarez for covering this story. Tom Horne is a racist and will waste Arizona tax payer dollars if he takes this to Supreme Court. What does he fear when different cultures learn their own cultural history? Has he not learned who occupied the southwest before European folks showed up?

  • DP

    Thank you nancy from Tucson for making Mr. Horne’s point for him.

  • ElGran Reyes

    We need to know the entire truth, not the selective truth of the history of the Americas, which includes Columbus’ and the Spanish crown’s treatment of the Indians, and yes, the white supremacist philosophy of Manifest Destiny which apparently Mr. Horne in Arizona still believes in. Is it anti-American to discuss the history of slavery in this country? Is it racist (against white people) to even mention it? Mexican American people deserve to teach their children their own history. Republicans are selective about local control. The people of Tucson should decide this for themselves, but now that the federal government has stepped in, Mr. Horne is upset. Did he really expect the feds to side with him? We voted for Obama for various reasons and this is one of them–I believe we all have a right to teach about our complex history which includes racism and the genocide of Native peoples. If you can’t handle the truth, just don’t teach history at all. Or don’t teach for that matter. Is that what the state of Arizona would have us do? Not learn anything?

  • Matthew from St. Louis

    ElGran Reyes, I agree with you completely about the necessity and importance of learning the entire truth. Which is why this program seems racist. The program appears to offer a “selective” view of history, by putting excessive focus on the history and culture of Mexico. In order to learn about the complex history of America, a focus must be placed on learning ALL of the cultures, through objective studies. You said, “Mexican American people deserve to be taught their own history.” Right there you are proving my point with the usage of inclusive language. History belongs to all of humanity because history is the complete story of all of humanity. History does not change depending on whether you are Mexican, White, or Black. By saying Mexican-Americans will learn their “own” history makes it sound like Mexican-Americans are separate from that of American as a whole, which is not true. The premise of this program (teaching Mexican-Americans their “own” culture) will inherently instill racism, because it is instilling in the students a false view that they are separate from the rest of America because of their race.

  • JT Grzely

    As a fair and righteous person with a “white” or lighter skin color, I am truly saddened and scared. Scared to death.. THese high schoolers are being taught that racism is A ok as long as its misunderstandably justified( for example: the lies theyre being taught)..This is super scary…This is the beginning of an era of new NAZISM.

  • JT Grzely

    I was never taught once about the country of which my ancestors came from. And also, Europe is not a country. ITS A CONTINENT with many cultures..

  • Jim

    Just watched this program and I agree with what the State of Arizona is doing by outlawing special classes for ILLEGALS ….. If they want to learn about MEXICO then deport them all back to Mexico …..

  • DR

    I am American of Mexican descent. My mother was an illegal immigrant
    and a single parent of 5 (3 born in Mexico and 2 in the States).

    I don’t believe these courses are necessary to ensure
    students stay in school. I think the problem stems from the parents background
    and the home. How much do they value an education and their expectations for
    their children? I remember neighbors telling my mom, ‘Look, there are 5 checks
    playing in the sand box…you will be able to buy a house.’

    I have never needed Mexican-American/Chicano studies to
    identify myself with my Mexican heritage. My mother instilled the culture and
    language. Our individual interests motivated me and my siblings to pursue
    knowledge in the arts, history, language, religion and culture of Mexico and
    other Latin American countries on our own time. But I also was taught my
    American history in school. Of course, it was cleaned up; but when I got older
    I became aware of the many mistakes the US had made, and bad decisions and
    acts. Does the fact that Martin Luther King was a womanizer change the impact
    he made in history and society? No!

    I also did not need these studies to become successful in my
    educational journey. I am not saying the cultural shock of attending a predominantly
    white engineering university did not impact my studies; I felt very Mexican and
    very woman my first year. Not to say people made me feel that way, I felt that
    way because I had never really racially intermixed. It was a great learning
    experience.

    By the time I graduated, I did not feel very Mexican or very
    women; I felt like an engineer. As my English improved, my friends from the old
    neighborhood called me a “sell out.” Really, I never knew being well educated
    made me white. Whether I speak English or Spanish, I want to sound like a
    native so I got rid of the accent in both languages.

    I speak Spanish (ACTFL Proficiency level – Advanced High) because
    I chose to embrace it in my personal life. I may not be as proficient in the
    written word, but I am working on it. I also penny pinched to finance
    backpacking trips to Mexico and Latin America.

    In my research to pursue a second masters, I was disillusioned
    with Chicano Studies. I want to study Latin American cultures and languages. I
    looked into the Chicano studies arena first to give me an idea of what they had
    to offer. At first glance, the curriculum appeared doable. I decided to go to
    the bookstore to review the books used in the curriculum. I was appalled. Many
    of the books had an angry, racist tone. I should have not been surprised—my experience
    in undergrad with the Chicano study students was negative; not only were they
    anti-whites, they were anti-Latin American (anti-Salvadoran, Argentinean, etc.).

    With respect to the immigration issues — While I was in
    Chiapas Mexico, I took a boat along the Rio Usumacinta. The river is the border
    between Guatemala and Mexico. The Federalist border patrol is along the river
    and would shoot anyone they thought was crossing the border illegally. Mexicans
    complain about the immigration problems they encounter. Many social programs
    are drained by the immigrants—the immigration problem in Mexico is overwhelming
    since it is the gateway to the United States.
    I know I am conflicted when it comes to immigration issues, but what I
    heard in Mexico regarding immigration is no different than what I hear here in
    the States. Given the current economical environment, many citizens have to
    find blame. It is easy to focus on immigration. Although immigration is an
    issue, it is not the cause of our economical recession.

    Mexican-American/Chicano studies are not necessary to teach
    critical thinking. It can be taught through logic and problem solving courses
    which take real world issues which can have many solutions – the key is how to
    argue the solution chosen.

    Finally, with the information age, all this Chicano,
    Mexican, American, etc. knowledge in art, literature, language, etc. is
    available. If the passion is there, these kids can find it. Skype with kids in
    Mexico, Spain, Peru, etc. Take community college or extension courses while in
    junior or high school. Get involved with cultural centers. Heck! Latin American
    universities have online program as well.

    None of my siblings and I ever took these courses. My mother
    produced an aeronautical engineer, judge/DA, paralegal, entrepreneur and a
    housewife.

  • Inlake’ch

    I am sadden to see that one (among the many!) worst comments posted is by a recently naturalized Latino, un Mexicano, un paisano! As a Latina, who also became a U.S. citizen a few years ago, I respectfully disagree with your comments, and I encourage you to get informed on the conditions by which Latino students (and other students of color) are being tracked into vocational, blue-collar jobs. Students–when presented with material that is relevant to their lives, that inspires and motivates them to learn, and makes them feel that they belong and they can connect with what they are learning–are more likely to succeed in school and outside of school. I don’t believe, as you say, that the students in the ethnic studies class were taking “an easy way out” … they were being “pushed out” by institutionalized schooling practices that render them invisible, and that silence them. Now that you are a citizen, I encourage you to never forget your history and the struggles of our ancestors, because it is through this remembering and retelling (which I believe, the ethnic studies course at TUSD does), that Latinos, people of color, and subordinated groups members (e.g., women, men, the disabled) will be able to make of this nation a true democracy with justice and equality for all.

  • Dr.Disenchanted

    Matthew-

    Thanks for the thoughtful response. I agree that is important to separate the message and the messenger, not to mention to consider the audience when talking about sensitive issues. Because I teach in Oregon, I do have a predominantly white audience. I am lucky to have more diversity in my classes, in part because of what I teach, and in part, I hope, because of HOW I teach. As I am not a racial minority, I don’t end up with the kind of problem you describe. Most of my colleagues who are minorities do not either. That could be a product of our training, but I like to think it’s conscientiousness on all of our parts. Being able to see and talk about both sides of a controversial issue is empowering for everyone. And I don’t think there ARE such things as race-wide beliefs, any more than there are race-wide traits.

    Dr.D.

  • Nesral

    How about: “Rethinking Mexico: Returning Home.” Or, “Leave Gringo Alone.” Or,”Turning America Into Our Playground. One Vote At A Time.”

  • Saint Jude

    Anyone who says Mexican-American course content is “seditious” or “subversive” without ever having attended the classes–and furthermore, goes to the time and expense of a court battle against something that is statistically proven to help so many kids with so much untapped potential find strength in a society that still doesn’t put its money where its mouth is with regard to equal rights–is a racist biggot. I am a white American who has great respect for our hard-working hispanic population. I truly believe our country could achieve great things if hispanics really had equal opportunity to do something other than work endless hours in two or three minimum-wage jobs that keep them so busy they don’t have time for higher education that might otherwise give them the brainpower, perspectives and skills America needs to move forward in the fast-changing global economy. This is a country whose all-voluneer military no longer demands the participation of the rich, and minorities now take on more than the statistically prescribed responsibility for our defense and political initiatives. Should military service be the primary hope for a true foot up for our minority populations?

    Racism is alive and well in America, and IT is the real evil that will keep us from succeeding in the international marketplace. As a nation, we should be ashamed that evidence of inequality is still so blatant in employment and poverty statistics this long after the Emancipation Proclamation.

    I am very glad to know things are changing for this special population in Arizona. I welcome these kids and their families with open arms, and encourage them to continue to learn and climb out of poverty through education. American forefathers gave us the basic right to freedom of speech, and that freedom embraces discourse that is negative and speaks out against injustice–would we need a constitutional clause supporting freedom of speech if every word about things in America was flowery and positive?

    With my “peeps” originating in Europe only two generations ago, I sometimes wonder why these people are so different from my own family. Republican politics are working so hard against minorities and women, but you do see your occasional token female or hispanic in their ranks from time to time. I can only assume that Arizona Republicans want to continue to enjoy reaping profits from businesses that pay hispanics extremely low wages to do the most difficult and dirty work in our society; they want a “slave” population to continue to serve them, and changes to their system will require them to pay a real wage.

    The visionary gift of freedom of speech allows for critical “subversive” anti-American rhetoric, as well as opinions spoken in Arizona by those like Tom Horne. Bottom line: our country will be truly great when we give each person a fair chance to flourish and contribute to their fullest potential, no matter what their age, race, religion, sex, etc.

  • Ethnic Studies

    I appreciate the report, particularly because I teach Ethnic Studies at the University level. Unfortunately, few people know the larger history of the discipline, which has roots in the student activism of the San Francisco Bay Area. I think we need more education about this topic in order to connect the history of the discipline with the contemporary anti-Ethnic Studies struggles taking place in Tucson. I hope more reports like this continue to be produced. My only critique of this report was that I felt the comments by the Columbia professor didn’t add much to the story. If a professor’s perspective needed to be included in the report, I think an Ethnic Studies scholar from the Southwest would have been more relevant.

  • Anonymous

    If you actually study Western culture as a whole, you will find this is not true. As an historian whose research has largely focused on the late Roman Empire, the idea that Western history, is “all aboutn European American history” or even all about Europe is nonsense! In the period I focus on, the most populous and wealthiest part of the Roman Empire was Egypt, not Europe, and many, many of the written source texts were written by non-Europeans from what is now called the Middle East. It’s because Muslims conquered N. Africa and SW Asia from the late Roman Empire that Western society became so centered on Europe in the period 700-1492, and especially in the period 1300-1492.Western societies themselves have been the victim of imperialism from the outside, as the Americas became the victim of European imperialism after 1492.
    Students should be exposed to the fact that Western societies have been victims of imperialism too, and that fact, not simply “racial” bias, is why so much Western history is about Europe. Western civilzation may have been better off with N. Africa & SW Asia, and with Europe relegated to a more minor role (as was the case from 300-600), but there is absolutely nothing that we can do about the shift of Western civilization to Europe in the medival period as this is the result of Western peoples being much weaker than Muslims at that time.

  • Anonymous

    What I found most disturbing in this program was the idea that Latino students were to learn Aztec history RATHER than Roman history! Just where do they think the “Latin” in “Latino” came from? Spanish derives from the LATIN language, which predominated in Spain because the ROMANS conquered it. And many more US Latinos speak Spanish than Nahuatl. More Latinos also worship Christ than Qetzcoatl, which is ultimately due to the fact that ROMAN emperors eventually promoted Christianity over other religions in Spain & elsewhere in their empire. And legal systems in the American SW, and in Latin America have been far more infuenced by ROMAN law than “Aztec law.”
    If you have a HS world history class, as opposed to a Western history class, you should learn something about pre-Columbian America. But you should ALSO learn some basics about ROMAN history as well, not REPLACE Roman history with Aztec history. What craziness.

    Having taught both high school & college, I generally believe that at the high school level, racial or ethnic issues (including negative aspects like discrimination) should be studied, but as part of larger American and local (usually state) history classes. State histories will be different in this regard, as they have different ethnic make-ups. (This also applies to other categories of assymetrical power in the US like class, gender, region, etc.: study it as part of US history). It’s at the college level that more specialized classes focused on a particular ethnicity or race is more appropriate. (My judgment here is based on the fact that high schools are generalists, and have to teach a great deal more than just American history, let alone the history of one particular ethnic group in America. It’s in college that you specialize).

  • Doug Strouse

    DP- Thanks for your “to the point” response to “Nancy”. She is clearly an example of the ridiculous mexican viewpoint trying to twist Tom Horne’s courageous stand into a racist one, when in fact, she reveals herself to be the racist. Nancy, the mexican/U.S. war is over- your ancestor’s lost. It’s not the fault of the U.S. if your ancestors were too weak to win, or so stupid as to sell valuable land in the Gadsten Purchase.

  • Doug Strouse

    “I love it’s giddy gurgle, I love it’s fluent flow…”

  • Doug Strouse

    Yes, and never more evident as in the mexican racists behind Tucson’s ethnic studies who delude foolish “bandwagon” liberals by forever playing the victim, while refusing to assimilate as all other immigrant cultures have, and steadily taking over the U.S.: All the while doing their large part in destroying the planet with rampant breeding.

  • Doug Strouse

    “Un Paisano!”, “Un mexicano!” How racist. You are another one making Tom Horne’s point for him. LOL

  • http://www.facebook.com/jen.higleychapman Jen Higley-Chapman

    I am pleased that as a young person you are thinking deeply about this, but you are missing an important factor in racism: power differential. I encourage you to continue to explore this issue with this in mind. Suggested reading might be Peggy MacIntosh, Howard Zinn, or Tim Wise. The bottom line IMO is that we need mainstream core curriculum to include the history and cultural contributions of all ‘Americans.’

  • http://www.facebook.com/jen.higleychapman Jen Higley-Chapman

    That would be the class that most of us call ‘regular’ history/social studies/literature. Ethnocentric mainstream education focusing on the Euro-American contribution and perspective are what created the problem. Mainstream core curriculum needs to be updated to reflect our multicultural society and our purported lack of racism.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jen.higleychapman Jen Higley-Chapman

    Sadly, unless things change, the role of education seems to be to create low-wage workers who don’t question oppression or exploitation. Thank you for your efforts thus far; I hope you will continue.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jen.higleychapman Jen Higley-Chapman

    I think that you and I share many opinions. I think though that although it is easy to demonize Republicans (they often reveal great ignorance in public), the Democrats (as the most powerful alternative) have not stood up enough for change, either, in much more than rhetoric. I think that if white allies like you and I could challenge the bougie nature of the Dems, we might get further, faster. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/jen.higleychapman Jen Higley-Chapman

    They’re tempting us but ignore the trolls, Nancy!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jen.higleychapman Jen Higley-Chapman

    I think that your comment “Students–when presented with material that is relevant to their lives, that inspires and motivates them to learn, and makes them feel that they belong and they can connect with what they are learning–are more likely to succeed in school and outside of school” is one of the most relevant points of this conversation. Thank you.

  • Guest

    I don’t know… Justa thought here, but isn’t it the PARENTS responsibility to teach the kids their cultural background? If you hate America so much get the hell out.

  • Harold Christofferson

    These people are not hating America. They are exercising their right in America for an education that explores history and seeks the truth so they will understand how to help America move forward in the future. We should have more faith in the American people. What Arizona is doing is like refusing to teach Americans of African descent that their ancestors were enslaved by the English and brought to the United States for cotton. What is most disturbing to me is that the Sate of Arizona refuses to allow American students to learn their own history. It is OK for them to learn history with an English slant. It is not wrong for them to learn history with a Chicano slant or for African-Americans with an African-American slant. Then, as Americans, they can seek out the truth between the two.
    Where is the teacher’s right to express their opinion. They were fired because they were doing the job their boss asked them to do.

    It looks to me that the State of Arizona did a lot of damage to the education of the children served in the Tuscon district.

  • Harold Christofferson

    Doug, Hispanic is NOT a race. Neither is Mexicano. African, White, and Asian are races.

  • RONALD MCDONALD

    MEXICANOS – SHOULD STUDY THE HISTORY-OF SPAIN’S DOMINATION – I.E. KILLING OF NATIVE AZTEC KING AND CHAPULTAPECS MAYAN’S; FOR WHAT- “GOLD “SO HOWS IS LEARNING ABOUT[ HISTORY] THE FACT, THAT SOME TILT HISTORY TO SEE LIGHT WHEN ITS BLACK! AND MEXICO, WHEN IT IS ARIZONA AND THERE NO ONE LEARNS IN A VACUMN- FORMATIVE OPINIONS ARE LIKE DONKEYS —-THEY ARE PROLIFIC–RIOT-LIKE BEHAVIOR LEADS THOUGHTFUL INTROSPECTION AND MAYBE A DEGREE IN PHILOSOPHY-1 AS FOR TOM HORNE; HE -SHOULD PICK UP GARBAGE FOR A WEEK WITH THOSE JAILED BY JOE ARPIO THEN MINUTE ENLIGHTENMENT WOULD GIVE WAY— TO HIM PUTTING WATER COOLERS IN TUCSON DESERT AND AMNESTY FOR ALL LATINOS–NAH!

  • Mary

    I was personally empowered by a Women’s Studies major and the same critisms were made of that curriculum. The same research about the increased level of scolarship for girls when women and girls are represented in the curriculum is true for Latinos. Of course it is.
    Why do we belive we are educating anyone when we refuse to portray a whole history? Why must we present a dualistic curriculum of winners and losers rather an honest one which includes all of the players?
    We’re fear-based.

  • Greg

    I simply don’t
    understand how any group that wants to be included and accepted by others feels the need to form exclusive clubs or classes for the purpose of highlighting the differences? I think it would be far better for everyone to learn about various cultures and their heritage. Why segregate and form a clique dedicated to your own kind? If I did that as a young white male. it would probably end up looking more like a Skin Head rally. Perhaps a class or curriculum that includes White, Black, Yellow, Brown, etc. etc. with discussions where students can ask and learn from others? I know I would have benefitted from learning about Latino culture or say… Jewish culture before I was set out into the world as an ignorant teen from KY. I was not exposed to any other kind of culture until my mid twenties. I love the Mexican Americans I have met during my career in AZ, and TX but I don’t think creating a special “my kind” curriculum is productive. Sounds like a precursor to things like the KKK. It’s OK to be proud of whom you are but it seems a little insecure to need a special class.
    -Thank you for
    reading and If I offended any Latinos I truly did not intend to. Perhaps
    as a white male I have a different world view. I hope you can respect it and not give me a label. I promise not to do the same. In the end God made us all so let me end with God Bless You.

  • Hollie

    My heritage is German American. However, I was never called by that term or exPected American schools to teach me about my ethnic history. I just wanted to be American heart and soul. I believe classes like the Latino classes are divisive for our nation. They build divisions instead of uniting us

  • Gargulian

    Your desire to obviate or obliterate your German heritage is understandable. I respect that. That doesn’t mean everyone has issues with their past. Your experience is not mine. (Thank God)

  • Gargulian

    Did your high school curriculum teach you the truth about violence against native americans and latinos by Eurpeans and their descendents. Maybe it’s you is misinformed. Read “American Holocaust” and then let’s have this discussion.

  • second generation

    I am second generation. My mother was an Italian immigrant. She arrived as an infant. There were solid reasons for her parents emigrating to America, and once here, they very badly wanted to become Americans. They shed Italian first names for the American version. They learned English. They worked hard, and became citizens. They did not try to make me into an Italian. I was to be an American. There is no problem with leariing about your old country as well as your new one. But you have to decide where you are going to live, and learn all you can about that so you can succeed. Even in a white persons New England, we studied the history of the early explorers, and we learned about the terrible abuses of the Spanish Conquistadores visited upon the native peoples of the new world, and all about the abuses of the Indians in the American West, and the slaves in the American South. etc. It is enough. To regard yourself as a hyphenated person rather than simply as an American is not helpful. Because your people were abused historically is no longer your burden, and you should not allow others to make you feel that you are still abused because of it. The trouble with hyphenated studies is that they foster an idea that your race or nationality is opressed and exploited, and you are not an equal in this country. It is not so. Legally, if you were born here, or if you become a citizen of the U.S., you have opportunity. Use it. Our people fought wars for it and died for it to be so. Our laws forbid discrimination. This is what you should learn about.

  • Gargulian

    Let’s not forget, sir, that the Romans fed the Christians to the lions. No one is saying you can’t teach both Christianity and Quetzalcoatl. They are not equal in influence either. Agreed. The point is that these Latino kids in Arizona are taught from day one a glorified, white=washed version of U.S. history. And they are taught that their history has no value in the American Euro-centric pantheon. The teachers may overstep on occasion, but the impulse is right. There are well over 200 milion Latinos in Central and North America. You can’t treat them the same as the Polish.

  • Gargulian

    And if you hate so much you get out. Many of us Mexican Americans have been here much longer than you. If you want to violate our basic American rights, then you don’t belong here. Hate to tell you, but in this day and age people have rights — black and brown included. So if you are unAmerican and don’t understand that people have fundamental rights — you get out.

  • Gargulian

    This may be gringolandia but it was Atzlan first. Now is Gringatzlandia. And it keeps getting better. Salsa or ketchup? Carne asada or steak. Beans or rice. Potatoes (incan food) or bread? This is home to both gringos and latinos now and forever. There ain’t no going back to the past. This is a playground. Always had been for those of us that are Aztec, Spaniard and gringo. There’s no either or. It’s all of the above. Keep voting my brethren. Keep voting.

  • Gargulian

    What are you afraid of JT? Skin color is only skin deep. These people know this and that’s what they are teaching. It’s the content of one’s character that counts. Hell, people feared MLK. Latinos come in all shades — black, brown and white. Some of those kids were pretty fair complexioned. Don’t seek or find refuge in fear. They are being taught that the racism of the past (Eurocentric domination) is no longer acceptable. Racism of any kind is wrong. Learn to have a dialogue about that. They are not being taught to “hate whitey.” Equating a high school course to Nazism is really nutZZZZZ!

  • Gargulian

    Mathew: On one level I agree with you. However, let’s not forget that 50 years ago in many places in the U.S. Mexicans were not allowed to use public restrooms, obtain bank loans to buy property or marry whites in many places in the U.S. Hell my aunt was denied admission to Tucson High in the 20′s because of her Hispanic surname and dark skin… She went on to graduate from UCLA and was an editor for Life magazine. If my abuelo had not insisted, she would have been denied her education. So if you want to talk about separate but unequal….let’s talk real history based on real facts. Apartheid was alive and well in Arizona not too many years ago, and some people do not want to relinquish that. Nowadays America is being Mexicanized and Mexico is being Americanized. Admit that Mexicans were kept separate not too many years ago … in violation of our fundamental rights and then we can have a conversation about inclusion and exclusion. Let’s not whitewash the past.

  • Gargulian

    Maybe we should do all of the above in all places (Chicago, S.F, Tucson) . I want to learn more about Latiin, Chinese and African history — in addition to the courageous and heroic Europeans. Eurocentric cowboys killing natives, enslaving blacks and spitting on Mexicans (in the name of Christ) is not my idea of an inclusive history. Of course, not all these brown, black and red people were perfect either. Maybe there’s more to it than what we’ve been taught? Maybe it’s not one way or the other? Maybe there’s something in human nature that is not so grand?

  • Gargulian

    No one group shouild be villigied. Agreed. But read David Stannard White’s “American Holocaust” and then say that we should ignore the crimes of the past. The Germans and Japanese are struggling with their ugly histories from WWII. The Mexicans want to glorify the Aztecs and the Spaniards and ignore their ugly deeds. America is built on a foundation that is not exactly pretty: enslavement and genocide are not pretty. Let’s admit it. There’s some glory and goodness too. This is not about villifying “whitey.” It’s about being honest about the past and building a stronger foundation for the future.

  • Gargulian

    Most American history is taught with a Eurocentric bias. There are other biases too. History is biased accordiing to who’s telling the story. That’s the point of the Tucson class. Not all things European are evil or bad. No one is saying that, but there have been some very ugly things done in the name of “White Man’s Burden” or Manifest Destiny. So let’s have a real and honest discussion, which is what Tucson is about. It’s not about hating whitey. It’s about living together and learning about the mistakes of the past. It’s about mutual respect. Latinos are no longer going to remain silent about these issues.

  • Gargulian

    That’s a fascinating discussion. I agree in a sense. I would argue that Spain would have been better off if it had not kicked the Jews and Arabs out during the Inquisition. You make some good points, but you cannot seriously argue that a rabidly racist Eurocentric mindset did not dominate the westward expansion in the United States, at the expense of non-European peoples. Please.

  • Gargulian

    Your racism is evident. “Breeding” is a term used for animals. It’s pretty clear what you hate. The assimilationist game is over. The “new” metaphor is the salad bowl, not the melting pot. Latinos and indigenous people number in at about 300-400 million in the hemisphere….including Brazilans, even more. Who’s doing the assimilating? Get real.

  • Gargulian

    Jim: If we deport all the illegals, the economy will collapse. I need my gardener, maid, butcher, construction workers, food harvesters and their labor. I don’t want to do those dirty jobs! Let them have a little bit of fun in Tucson. Maybe a few will get educated enough to hire (invite with jobs) the next wave of illegals. (sic) Besides, when I retire in Mexico, I want to take a U.S. history class (in English) but right now that’s not allowed. (LOL)

  • Wombat

    Wow, quite the pile of garbage you have laid down here!! Most people, myself included, are all for actual LEGAL immigration. Most immigrants are wanting to leave the land of their birth and come to become Americans. The illegals abhor the thought of assimilation and refuse to become American. This crap Tuscon schools were teaching is nothing but trying to brainwash them into believe they have a right to be here illegally. Makes me want to puke!!

  • Sick of Mexicans

    Well, Gargulian… you’re a douche! Go back across the border where you belong!!

  • Lets be real…

    But isolating one group of students who are predominately Mexican and describing solely the faults of another race to them does not create an environment of acceptance or equality. It creates a need for “retribution” whether it be intellectual or otherwise. People are stupid. People have done stupid things, so lets learn about that from the perspective of the “Mexican-American”. That’s stupid. We should learn about it from the perspective of the human race. My struggles are the same. To overcome injustice (no matter what form it takes) and and to strive to live in peace in a progressive society. Re-iterating to the kids how theyv’e been wronged, with the implication that they are currently being wrong, in the context of race can easily go in the wrong direction. Education is awesome. But it can easily be used sway people towards directions that are extremely destructive.

  • Susie

    So, the problem is that up until Mexican American Studies Program, history, culture and literature in USA has been taught from one point of view and excluded or void of Mexican American’s contribution. Not until Blacks protested they were excluded also . If this history had been taught than we would not have this problem. USA history has been limited by not teaching about the Mexican American history and the contributions made by this group, Mexican and Mexican Americans have
    also made great contributions to the USA history, culture and literature and it
    needs and must be included. Just and fair representation is what should be
    taught from all points of view.

  • Anonymous

    Another example of how people are not ready for multiculturalism.

    The comments about “Taking back the Land” is more and more common
    with each new mexican coming to America. (which is the opposite of
    something Good)

    Lets just change American History to Caucasian history(Since that is
    always used as the argument) and preach the Greatness of the White
    Race, and then they can go to 2nd period and hear about the greatness of
    the Brown Race,3rd Period Black Race, Forth Period Asian Race. Then the decision will have to be rather its Math or some other unimportant class that doesn’t celebrate the Fake Diversity of being self serving.

    Liberals need to be forced to open there homes up to these people that they keep condescendingly pretend to be for.

    Liberals are just Republicans who haven’t been mugged.(I hate both of them)

  • Rubi

    History is always written by the winners, in history minorities are typically not the winners. The problem with this situation is that we don’t want people to see America as it really is. America is not innocent, we have done horrific acts to many different ethnic groups, by closing ethic studies we would only be fulfilling the “white” stereotype, by not giving others a voice. There should be classes that give a voice to ethnic groups, that being said, these classes should not be exclusive to a specific group, they should be open to everyone. Americans must except that history isn’t beautiful and if we stopped covering stories, many of us would be disappointed in America. The main issue is people don’t want people to see what America has done.

  • Anonymous

    99% of the people(including mexicans) would still pick Germany over most countries.

    Just because they were successful Assholes doesn’t mean anyone is better.(isn’t that what we preach here?)

  • Anonymous

    You Suck!!!

  • David Young

    the attitude that they have to give up on knowing where their People come from is ludicrous

    Mexicans are not only spanish, and this is one of the MAIN things the.that the Arizona political system was dead set against them being taught !

    These Kids were learning that their people had been destroyed by Christians on both the Mexican and US side of the Border, their Native history and culture were destroyed by Christians that KIDNAPPED the Native children and put them into institutions that MADE them into WHITE citizens !
    This is a FACT that the White population of Arizona fears for good reason, their Ancestors are Guilty of Genocide and the destruction of the so called SAVAGE cultures that were not Christian in origin !

    Christians have NO Right to feel comfortable about their Ancestors Crimes against Humanity, and they have no Right to expect anyone to accept this as being GOOD for Humanity !

  • Anonymous

    Mexicans didn’t exist till the euro spaniards.

    Many of you are half white. Just as America did not exist.

    Be the same as me moving next door to you on land your father bought and telling you I need some food and for you to teach me about my heritage.

    F’d Up Man.

    You lost, but now you are back. And the people that beat you, let you back in. Thats all the History you need to know!

  • Anonymous

    I would rather hear polish jokes then about the supposed Greatness of Mexico

  • Anonymous

    The truth is impartial to Racism.

    Just because people believe in the Truth doesn’t make them Racist.

    Plus your a racist pointing the racist finger.And if you don’t know this, then you are worse then a racist. You are a hypocrite.

  • Anonymous

    Actually If we keep hearing crap that you have been spouting, we are going to return to the past. The one that you do not like hearing about. And certainly don’t want to be taught.

    The History that we both are doomed to repeat apparently.

  • David Young

    you seem to buy into the GARBAGE the GOP has strewn on you mind !

    These Mexicans have Native American Bloodlines that have been on this Continent LONG before these Borders existed ! they had NO say in their formation and were damn near killed off through Genocide by Christians on both sides of the Border, and the main complaint in Arizona is that they are being taught the TRUTH about the Crimes against Humanity that were perpetuated These White Arizonans Ancestors !

    These Christians have No Right to fell comfortable about their Heritage, just as Germans whose Families that took part in the Genocide throughout Europe have no Right to feel comfortable about their Ancestors Crimes Against Humanity !

    My Family comes form Mormon Blood and I have No Right to feel comfortable about the Way my Ancestors treated the Native Americans and the Abuses that were done to their Children and the taking of their Heritage so we would NOT have to look at Peopled that looked at the World differently then they did !

    No One has the Right to feel comfortable about scum bag maneuvers of their Ancestors !

  • Anonymous

    You mean the Rich wont get richer, But the social services wont collapse either. So F the rich and back to shitsville with anyone who doesn’t want to assimilate.

    Been way to much Molly Coddling to the rich(and there for their Cheap Labor Mexicans)

    Time to reclaim the Country for real Americans.

  • WhatdoesitmeantobeanAmerican

    I’m a 2nd generation American of legal immigrants and while I enjoyed learning of my heritage from my parents, I would never expect everyone in my class to have to learn it all with me, or for American taxpayers to pay for me to learn it.
    When you immigrate to a country you can’t expect them to pander to your link to the old country. No, there’s a reason your parents brought you to the new country, and that was to become a citizen of that country; for that new country to become your heritage. If you disagree with your parents’ decision, simply go back to the old country as soon as you can.

  • David Young

    you seem to think that Christianity is somehow a Religion with NO History of Abuse against Humanity, this is COMPLETE garbage !

    There is NO People that have become Christian by their own choosing, it was FORCED upon Humanity by the Threat of DEATH if NOT followed Blindly !

    It was First Forced on the Roman Population, and then was forced on the REST of the European Peoples !
    As someone that espouse to have taught in College you seem to be woefully ignorant of REALITY trained historian, me thinks you are quite full of it and most likely a LIAR!!!!

  • John

    You Piece of Garbage Gargulian. Hollie doesn’t have a problem with her heritage. She just wants to be an american. I am German American, and I do not have a problem with my heritage. I view my heritage as inconsequential as far as being American.

  • John

    It is a bit crazy that you have to be logged in to vote someone down. If that weren’t the case, you would be so deep underwater, you would never come up.

  • David Young

    Racism has NOTHING to do with TRUTH !
    The Truth is that Racism is the TOOL of Bigots to keep those on the Bottom on the Bottom so those CLOSE to the Bottom can feel better about their Lousy Lives !

  • David Young

    so you want to give Arizona back to the Yaqui?

    You want to give the Midwest back to the Navajo??

  • David Young

    The only culture the Arizona Politicians want taught is Christianity !

  • David Young

    Thats a crock JT !

  • David Young

    and here we have a Libertarian Liar who thinks his Sociopathic mental problems are the ONLY truth !

  • David Young

    the Spanish Crown sold Arizona, Not the Native Americans !
    Comments like this PROVE the troll you be !

  • David Young

    what a load of crap you seem to carry with pride there DP !

    Maybe you should stop listening to the Dominionists you were taught this crap from and actually listen !
    Even someone as Ignorant as you has the ability to learn !

  • David Young

    even white Kids talk that way these days troy !

    This is the result of the Dumbing down of America so the GOP can still get votes from someone !

  • David Young

    the Fact that US History Classes have misinformed students for the Past 100 years makes your point moot there Liz !
    Just like the Geography book I found in my grade school in the 1960s that was from 1956 that had the USSR as UNEXPLORED TERRITORY!

    If its not the truth it is NOTHING but crapola !

  • David Young

    could you please try to look a LITTLE more ignorant there Doug?
    NO, I don’t think thats really possible !

  • Anonymous

    You are a complete buffoon.

    You spout out bullshit before you even think about it because you have no ideology beside self serving half baked crap that you heard from your party.

    I am no Libertarian(as you stated elsewhere) I am no slave to any single bias train of thinking. I think as a individual and I was raised a Minority of one.

    You think the truth should be how you want it to be, That is how you can tell a fool. The truth is often Ugly but it is still impartial even if to some it doesn’t seem like it.

    Like you pretending to know the truth and me calling you a self serving closeted Thought Nazi. One of us is telling the truth. And you just may not want to know the truth, As it being something one doesn’t like It’s human nature to label it something else and hide from it(excuses is all that is)

    Life can be complicated. It’s certainly more complicated then that little box you are sprouting your grammar school logic out of.

  • Anonymous

    There are many reasonable comments in this thread and, of course, we have those devoid of thought who resort to name-calling and derision. If you have not read the material in the program in Tuscon, please do that. No one was challenging the course because of its intent to to teach students about the history and culture of their Mexican background. The course presented facts, some of them derogatory, in teaching the history. Much of the material involved facts regarding what happened in Arizona to Mexican Americans when the White man showed up. There is no argument with the factual content of the course. The main problem was the presentation of the material in a way that incited the students to take actions and to work towards goals that were in fact seditious! To excite students to the point where one of their goals is to retake the land in Arizona and the southwest in general that was lost by Mexico and return that land to Mexico. That is one of the problems with the original course. Teaching history using all the facts, good and bad, is the only way to teach it. But teaching hatred for the white majority and sedition should not be permitted. That helps neither the majority culture or the minority culture. This was the problem with the course and the reason it was eliminated!

  • Alien by choice

    Teaching the history is one thing, teaching hatred is another. Why are so many Mexicans trying every day to get into this country risking everything, even their live? Do these teachers really think that they speak in the name of these countrymen too? My children are, like many American kids, racially mixed and these people scare me. We made it our priority to learn as many languages as possible, not just two, and get to know all these cultures, which is very exciting to us. We love the mix of cultures in the US. But it only works with tolerance from all sides, therefor it should not be allowed that any particular ethnic group tries to dominate in a racist way. Trying to impose a different language on the people living in the US is racist! By the way, to us it is just another European language. Did these people ever ask the Native Americans about what they think? We know the answer!

  • Thielas Perry

    what do you consider a real American???????

  • David Young

    I didn’t call you a thought Nazi fool !

    I called you a libertarian because thats what you are !

    And from your posts it fits you well because you ARE a Sociopath !

    And as far as grade school logic, you need to buy a dictionary there pal, because only the White population has the power to be racists in this Nation !

    Racism is the ACT of Holding others not like your self back from economic prosperity, something you would KNOW if you had bothered to get an education !

    Those you espouse as racist MAY be prejudiced, but they don’t have the ABILITY to be racists !

    And again to your Libertarian views, you may not consider your self to such, but the crap you spew is the teachings of the german boys at CATO, I recognize their banter and RACIST spewings, and the trash you run is right out of their play book !

    And the “Minority of one” nonsense is the only thing needed to show your Sociopathy !

    Sociopath is another word you should look up since chances are you have no idea of what the word means !

  • MW

    The key issue here is infusion. The teaching of U.S. history should cover more than the White Anglo Saxon Protestant Male narrative. Social histories have really corrected this narrative by devoting attention to underprivileged groups and common folks. Any course on U.S. history must focus on more than just the rosy side of history. This understanding that the U.S. is not always “the good guy” should not create hatred towards the government or whites, but a greater appreciation for how far this nation has come. The simple fact that we are allowed to post on this forum our diverse opinions is something to cherish. For this reason, I am of the opinion that Mexican American studies should not be a requirement but an optional course students can take. However, teaching Mexican American studies would make a course more relevant to students of that background.

  • C. Tutty

    I am a teacher of Irish descent. Nearly all groups as they came to America endured difficulties. Not all to the same degree, but none the less it occurred. As I teach history I try to help my students understand we are all Americans. I think it would facilitate things a lot if we would reverse the colloquial titles of African American or Hispanic American or Asian American. We need to be Americans first; Americans of African descent, Americans of Hispanic descent, Americans of Irish descent or Americans of Asian descent with all of the American foibles and warts and all. Obviously each group came here wanting a better life and so lets embrace that ONE commonality and yes, include their histories in American History. If we do not learn from history we are doomed to continue making the same mistakes; a well known concept that we don’t seem to inculcate into our mindset. Cultural heritages are vastly important and must not be lost, but they should not be put ahead of the American “melting pot” aspect of multiculturalism.

  • Kathy Y. Futch

    I am completely astounded as to the softening of our Country’s citizens.

    My family came from Italy and I was born in an Italian neighborhood of factory workers, bakers, grocery store owners, bar establishments and candy shops.
    No where did I expect to be taught Italian-American studies. I was taught that at home. We were American. I did not learn Italian because of it. My maternal grandfather even changed his Italian family name to an American family name.

    We accept each other and our heritage by becoming friends not by separating ourselves. That IS prejudice. It has been impressed upon me within my lifetime has been that each time the government became involved with a wronged section of society, i.e. women, black, etc.created a separation between them and others, thereby creating an embattlement area that wasn’t there prior.

  • Anonymous

    Ask a Mexican what he thinks of Guatemalans in his country in comparison to his people.

    Or a black African comparing themselves to White South Africans..

    Ill just agree with them(watch it, I set a trap)

  • Anonymous

    Add additional millions of people at a time when it is becoming obvious to average citizens that continuing to do so is unsustainable is now the best indicator of the mindlessness that is infecting our educational process and the capacity of our media to inform the public. And that mindlessness is funded by corporations seeking an assumed unlimited growth and is served by Barack Bush (or is George W. Obama?) who has made a total mockery of the words “change” and “hope.”

  • Chrys

    I am Australian, some have the same ‘blindness’ when it comes to attitudes to any issue that highlights any ‘us and them’.. It would solve this on-going problem if EVERY citizen of any country would just LEARN their history properly, because unless you are an original native/first persons of your country, you are one of the Ethnic groups! In Australia there is the occasional eruption of anti ‘boat people’.. If these comments happen in my vicinity I just respond with “Yes, I’m sure our Aboriginals would agree”. Every ethnic group has added and taken from the (growth of a) society, and no one group should have ownership of education.

  • Dave

    Thank you for this well written explanation. In the quest to be a victim, however, the course was wonderful. I live in Tucson and have had the privilege to speak with the young. It is divided. Those that go on to higher education know the government is lying to them, those that go on to welfare blame everybody but themselves.

    We have to decide if we are a nation of victims or Champions!

  • Dave

    And those same Spanish decimated the indigenous population, is that being taught as well? Why are we teaching hate? There relatives KILLED MILLIONS. Bring em to justice…

  • Dave

    Gargulian, don’t be thanking God for your hateful position.

  • Dave

    You could not be farther from the truth. I live here and talk to the younger ones, and what is being taught is not history, but rather hate.

    You were born in America, You move to America, That is your HISTORY butt head. Be proud of your heritage American, Join in making this nation better, not dividing it. YOUR HISTORY STARTS TODAY!

  • Mindy

    Gargulian the Hater. You represent everything that is wrong in the world. Take your hate back with you. If you were born here, make the best of it, if not get out. Pull up yer panties, we have enough victims here already.

  • Born In America

    Your bloodline starts when you are born. You can be a victim or a champion. History is past, get on with your life and make it better. You do not make it better teaching hate and entitlement. I am no more responsible for the deaths of Christians in that time, than I am responsible for the Spanish killing the natives on this continent.

    I am responsible for my life from this day forward and whining and crying don’t get the job done or make friends who can help.

  • Jesus Pablo Gomezski

    Me too and my Grandpa came here from Poland. My dad was the first born in the USA and proud of it. We learned English. My dad and brothers fought in both world wars.

    These POS ingrates need to go back to donkey sex and the miserable life they love so much. But leave it “South of the Border”.

  • Ethnic Studies BUSTED

    I live here in Tucson. I talk to the kids when I get a chance. Some are good kids, some are victims. The victims are almost always those who were in the La Raza Studies. They are taught to hate the rule of the land. The cameras in the classrooms proved this and something had to be done.

    They do not teach history of Germany and to follow Hitler and this was just the Mexican version.

    Teach them reading, writing and arithmetic. If they wish to further study on the subject, do it on your own dime. This is a public funded institution, it should not be teaching bias and hate. That is for the churches and political empires to do.

    I have nothing against Accurate history, but I do have a problem with the selective NEWS OUTLETS, in which you seem to get your information.

    The were caught on film teaching hate…. They did not follow the curriculum. The program was abused for political indoctrination. That is the pure facts which does not seem to be reported.

  • David Young

    what is your point?

    its not like no one knows what your talking about this with the Spanish doing the same thing that every European Colonist did. so what is the point that you didn’t bother to mention? or is this simply a rant ?

  • Harold Christofferson

    You seem to be forgetting our American history. For example, some of my ancestors came to America from England, Holland, Germany to murder the Native Americans and steal their lands. The puritans believed Native Americans and Africans were devils.

    I am very proud of our America where we now know and respect the truth. We can only overcome these hatreds by acknowledging them and exposing them. This has worked well because Americans are good people who want to do what is right. The truth sets us free.

    I lament the loss of our America that does not respect God given rights of all people.

  • David Young

    your bloodline is your ancestral history !

    Pick up a Dictionary sometime and learn what a word means before you comment on the word!

  • ivysflute

    I really appreciated reading your response. Thank you.

  • Ray

    I live in Hawaii. While I support the Hawaiian people and would like to see some sort of compromise on their concerns. I can see issues with ethnic studies (Hawaiian Studies). When in class videos are shown showing the most stereotypical ignorant white people on the planet disagreeing with issues against the left, it’s may not be hatred but it’s definitely a bias. While I’m an independent that leans more to the left than right on social issues, I find the program flawed, Hawaiian religion practices with chants,religious weaving and religious stories are being promoted as relevant, and people now talk about building religious temples.Many of the teachers (non Hawaiian) talk about the US imperialism and formation of a hawaiian political movement that includes chant rings and prayer that is proudly done in public. I got marked down for lack of participation in one of my classes for not chanting and participating in “holy weaving” As an atheist I find the promotion of religion as intolerable, and religion is part of this ethnic studies movement if successful, is counter productive to the other students,. Walking around campus and listening to the rhetoric is very disturbing, With dwindling resources I would like to see the studies program minimized. Hawaii University system has some of the lowest graduation rates in the country, expanding this program will not help the goal of competing on the global marketplace. Unless providing tools for students to enter the employment marketplace is now secondary, we should look at what the program is trying to achieve, other then a political movement.

  • Lorena

    What many of the people commenting on this article seem to have forgotten is that the people of Mexico were here first. We came into their country and fought a bogus war that resulted in the United States confiscating a huge section of Mexico. The language spoken in what is now Arizona and Texas was Spanish, not English. When people talk about coming from countries such as Italy and Ireland, they are talking about people coming from abroad to a completely new place. The southwest was and is not a “new” country to the people of Mexico. They were here first.

  • P@CT

    Ray – I think you being an atheist is a religion. you believe what the atheist teach. if you do not like the religion programming going on at those Universities then attend an Athest one. Atheist believe something don’t they? Then why should other religions which is orginial to their people stop becuase “you” BELIEVE something else? That doesnt make sense. Every day white ppl are scared of other cultures they push to stop their practices. Poor statement on your part – go to class and learn about others this way you won’t be so narrow minded.

  • P@CT

    Lorena – I concur with your statement. Americans are very quick to say Mexicans or other Latin countries are forginers or immigrants but they won’t say those from Russia, Italy, Poland etc are immigrants and NEED to go BACK to their countries. I have Italians around me everyday who you can barely understand what they are saying becuase they refuse to learn the language of the land they are benefitting from. But tell them they cannot have SS or any soical benefits and English becomes their first language. Its nonsense this country existed totally before all these europeans showed up and damaged this beautiful America.

  • P@CT

    Kathy Y Futch – It continually amazes me how Italians like to paint their people as hard working immigrants. Really? Why did your people leave Italy? What was going on in your country that so many fled and continue to flee? What is your “Italy” going through now? I think Italians dont think their dodo stinks but it does!

  • Kathy Y. Futch

    What is your problem P@CT I never said we did more than anyone other ethnic group and we are better than anyone else. Get a life. The comment was on teaching other ethnic history in our schools. If anything, most students know enough about American History along with what happened to the American Indians. (Not afraid to use my name.)

  • Kathy Y. Futch

    That’s NOT enough about American History

  • Ray

    Pact Quote “Ray – I think you being an atheist is a religion”

    I’m not chanting in front of a audience proclaiming my God/Goddess in front of students with Chants,Teachers that force the students into prayer rings and marked down for lack of participation, if you won’t form a prayer ring or weave a holy weave in class. Being called a traitor to the cause because we won’t totally support ALL of the agenda, part of the agenda is not enough for some involved in this movement.

    Professors that take us us to national Parks and make us hold hands in prayer rings with chants to the Gods? And then tell us the Federal Park does not belong to us but the natives? And if don’t we are marked down for not participating,
    I’m not buying into this forced conversion, color has nothing to do with this argument. If it was Christianity in the classroom I would be fighting that as well, but I do find it Ironic that the same teachers that promote this agenda of religion for the local groups, blast other religions like Christianity

    Many of us if we have to choose between Science or Religion will always promote science. The Scientific telescopes were almost stopped why religion, with the argument it was the holy place for one of their Gods.

    For me and others like me we promote science before mysticism. I’m sorry most religions that have vocal external mechanisms promote an agenda, and I’m not buying the agenda. I expect more from a public University
    Picking and choosing what a few Professors in the movement will promote, saying one religion is OK and the other one is not because it’s cultural, is not what I expect from a public university. If this continues I will cal the ACLU again, they wanted me to move forward at one time, I will make sure to move forward if i see more of this activity to promote external religion in the classroom.But I will say this, if the class is declared spiritual in nature in the class description, then the students are aware of the agenda upfront and I’m ok with that, as long as discontinue the chanting on school grounds

    .
    I’m Assyrian 800,000 of my people in the last 100 years, killed by Islamic Hardliners,At one time in History we had a larger population then the Palestinians Once the League of Nations and then later the United Nations talked about a homeland for us, the Islamic Hardline Rulers started massacring the Assyrian/Chaldean in fear of a Non-Muslim people in the region acquiring a homeland

    Yes I will say I’m insensitive to Islamic Hardline rulers as well.The Young Turks, Kurds and today the Iraqi’s (Sunni and Shia hardliners tried to destroy my people over what? Religion

    Google Assyrian genocide

    I have heard the argument that Atheism is a religion, for me it’s only a religion when it’s preached by a government or a group and that physically tries to convert you.
    Nuff said, we can agree to disagree

  • Ray

    Kathy you did not say anything wrong, when my family came to the us, we harassed by many different groups of color, we fought our way out of poverty and now the Assyrian/Chaldean have secured a prominent place in the community’s in Michigan. Hard work should be commended, many cultures fought their way out of poverty, you should not be ashamed of that, and neither should they.

  • Ray

    Well said

  • Ray

    Nice post

  • Ray

    The same thing is happening in the Island of Hawaii. Certain educators have helped build this large Hawaiian Studies program which is fine if they were to use it to just promote the language and to explain past wrongs, but they are building a political movement around it that is alienating many of us that originally supported reparations. Sovereignty movement will fail because the larger ethic groups especially in Oahu will never let it happen. The major political players in Hawaii are on the Island of Oahu which has 75% of the population are. Chinese, Japanese and Filipinos, which will never let go of there culture and or power, and the emerging Micronesian population already exceeds the Hawaiian population on all the Islands combined.. What jobs will come from these degrees? Will we have students with $70,000 loans with no employable skills?

  • Ray

    Bushlight

  • unsustainability

    Look at the evolution of the United States from 13 colonies on to 50 states, and you will find that the overwhelming impact was European based. Because Texas and Arizona had many Spanish/Mexicans doesn’t negate that.

  • Borderlandman

    While I like your opinion and words, I would have to add to your comment and make a few corrections. “The people of Mexico” Include Mayan and Aztec heritage as well as Spanish, but since the 1400′s through intercultural breeding there are a lot of mixed races (yeah, there is truly no such thing as different races, but to appeal to people stuck in the ideology of race…) in Mexico, just as there are in the USA and Canada. If we are talking about the Spanish explorers coming to America, well that slightly predated Columbus, as the Spanish had already inhabited “El Crocodillo” (Cuba) by then. They were here first in the southwest as you say, with exception to indigenous peoples who were here long before. The US waged a war of land grabs against Spain in the early to very late 1800′s, but not just Spain, also Spain’s previous colonies. This all culminated and finished with the end of the Spanish American War in 1898, which led to our annexation of Puerto Rico, the residents of the island given US citizenship in 1917, while World War I was happening. I wonder if the reasons for the US to give citizenship to the Puerto Ricans came from a need for extra volunteers for the war effort. Well, now we are faced with a racial and cultural battle which is stupid at best. The majority of the people blaming immigrants, legal or not, are stuck within the ideology of “white america.” These people have no concept of what was before the European in this land. It is unfortunate, but people with a negative self view will always attack a different group as being responsible for their perceived flaws. Those of us who understand the fact behind the history of the Americas (including Meso-America) do not fall into such traps of blame but we still feel guilt. The question is, how do we bring the message to those we disagree with without alienating them as well, because alienation and hate always drive a rift between people and make it harder for someone else to accept someone’ viewpoint. If someone was debating you and they called you an a$$hole, you would be more inclined to disagree with that person and even feel some hatred towards them, which would result in you never giving their opinion a chance. The same goes for any of us trying to push our cause against the bigots in this country. If we insult, we lose.

  • Bryan Fryer

    he Retaking of America-Aztlan U.S.A!

    This document that I have put together shows the
    philosophy, and Ideology that is a part of the Mexican
    American Mindset, called Chicanismo. This belief is in
    all levels of Chicano Society, and this is something
    that was hidden from the American People, and only a
    Civil War can stop, May God help us!

    This so-called Poem “El Plan Espiritual de Aztlan” In
    English is “Spiritual Plan of Aztlán” was written in
    1969 by Alurista, but his real name is “Alberto Baltazar
    Urista Heredia. He was born in Mexico in 1947, and he
    came to America when he was 13 years old. He is a
    Chicano poet and activist. Well, lets look at the key
    words in this truly
    Proclamation, and Chicano Manifesto!

    “Brutal Gringo” Invasion of our Territories, Northern
    Land of Aztlan,Came Our Forefathers, Reclaiming the
    Land of the Land of their Birth, and our inevitable
    “Destiny”. Aztlan belongs to those who plant the
    seeds..etc..etc…”and Not to the Foreign “Europeans”.
    We do not Recognize capricious frontiers on the Bronze
    Continent. Brotherhood Unites Us…Time has Come, and
    who Struggle against the Foreigner “Gabacho”…We
    Declare the Independence of our “Mestizo Nation”. We are
    a Bronze people. Bronze Continent, “We are a Nation”..We
    are “Aztlan”.

    This is a Chicano, or Mexican Manifesto hidden within a
    so-called poem. I don’t believe this is just a poem, and
    neither do Mexicans. Next notice how the Chicanos us
    “El Plan Espiritual de Aztlan” as a Manifesto, and as
    the Foundation of their Movement. “Sets the Theme that
    Chicanos must Use” Once we are committed to the idea and
    philosophy of El Plan de Aztlan, we can only conclude
    that social, economic, cultural, and political
    independence is the only road to total “liberation”!

    Notice they say, CONTROL of our Barrios, which is towns,
    and the word “Lands” the believe that the Southwest is
    their land. The Plan is so Important, it must commits
    “All Levels of Society”. Our struggle then must be for
    the “control of our barrios, campos, pueblos, lands, our
    economy, our culture, and our political life”. El Plan
    commits all levels of Chicano society.

    Then “Nationalism” Transcends “ALL” areas of Life.
    Next is Unity, again all levels of Societies must be
    committed to the “Liberation of La Raza” The Race!

    The next is “Economy”, Economic Control..our Communities
    can only come about by “Driving the Exploiter Out” of
    our Communities. This is already happening in California
    on a large scale, areas that were White American are now
    Latin American. Look at L.A, the Blacks are being driven
    out of their neighborhoods, even by gunpoint.

    Wow, notice how they say lands rightfully our, then will
    be fought for and defended. That sounds like a
    reclaiming of lands and that they are ready to fight for
    them, that’s War fellow Americans!

    “Lands rightfully ours” “will be fought for and
    defended”.

    The next is Education, and notice that American history
    is not included and that this Aztlan movement wants to
    “Control” the schools, and the teachers, and the
    administrators, our counselors. This is happening in
    California, and was happening in Arizona, until fellow
    Americans realized that it was Racist, and Anti-
    American, and forced it out of their school system.

    Next is INSTITUTIONS, notice they want “Restitution” for
    a Full Life, “Restitution for past economic slavery”,
    Wow, Americans Never Enslaved Mexicans! Also they want
    total control of Institutions in our community, and
    those they can’t control must get out!

    Next is Self-Defense, which is a good Idea, all us
    Americans should learn Self-Defense, and also have the
    Weapons to do so! Look at the words of “Front Line” and
    they are mostly referring to Gangbangers, and the
    Mexican Mafia, for it says those from the Barrios! Also
    the Protectors must be given respect and dignity! Notice
    the words “offer their responsibility and their lives”,
    Wow, this is a war folks, for they are offering their
    lives to it.

    Then they say: Those who place themselves in the front
    ranks for their people do so out of love and carnalismo.
    The word Carnalismo is a Gang word which means Love for
    the Homies: its an inner attitude that a true vato has,
    full of loyalty,courage and love for his homies “Urban
    Dictionary”.

    Notice how they say that “Juvenile Delinquency” will now
    be “Revolutionary Acts”. This anarchy and hate is
    encouraged by M.E.CH.A, which is a Student organization,
    and it’s on Colleges, and Universities across the
    Country. These M.E.CH.A students are to Proselytize, and
    Evangelize all Hispanics in their Area.

    For the very young there will no longer be acts of
    juvenile delinquency, but revolutionary acts.

    Next is Cultural, in which their culture is to Unite the
    family of “La Raza”, the Race towards “Liberation”, and
    they must insure that their writers, and poets, and
    musicians and artist produce literature that is
    appealing to their people and relates to their
    revolutionary culture.

    Notice “defeat the gringo dollar value system”, this is
    anti-capitalism, and they are always saying “Defeat the
    Gringo”!

    Next is Political Liberation, Americans, this is a war,
    and they are trying to take over our Political Power,
    and they want to Control is all, and if we don’t wake
    up, and stop worrying about being called a Racist, then
    we will take our Country Back, and push them back across
    the Border. We as a country should be tired of having
    our hands tied by Political Correctness, we need to put
    an end to this destruction of our Culture, and our
    People. We built this Country, and we bled much to get
    it, and we are going to have to bleed to keep it. Our
    Forefathers would be trippin if they saw how we were
    just giving away our country, and allowing others to
    over run us. These people want to destroy us, they don’t
    want to be a part of America, NO, they want to Take it
    from us, and Destroy us for Taking it! Please Wake Up!

    “Where we are a Majority”, “We will Control”; Where We
    are a Minority, we will represent a Pressure Group.

    Notice how the “El Plan” is to be presented and
    distributed at church, school, tree, building, car, and
    every place of human existence, that is every Latin
    American Existence! This view is believed by all Mexican
    Americans, and shared with all Latin Americans who are
    mostly Mestizo, or Native Blood. Sure they will accept
    White Hispanics into their Cause, and White Anglos into
    their Cause, but after they have Genocided us, then they
    will genocide these Whites when they are done with us!

    White Americans, and Black Americans Wake Up, they are
    taking our Country from us, they are at some 38 Million,
    and with the White Hispanics they are at 50 Million.

    Believe me, the White Hispanics will work also to
    destroy us, for they hate the American Culture, and want
    the Hispanic Culture to Dominate, for they believe even
    they own this Continent according to the Papacy!
    Americans, this is our Country, lets Fight to Keep it,
    for they are Fighting to Take it!

    Below is the Document that the Mexicans believe and
    follow, from the Elites to the Students, then to the
    Chicano people!

    Awareness and distribution of El Plan Espiritual de
    Aztlan. Presented at every meeting, demonstration,
    confrontation, courthouse, institution, administration,
    church, school, tree, building, car, and every place of
    human existence.

    EL PLAN DE AZTLAN

    El Plan Espiritual de 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 Aztlán 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. We are free and sovereign to determine those
    tasks which are justly called for by our house, our
    land, the sweat of our brows, and by our hearts. Aztlán
    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 and who
    struggles against the foreigner “gabacho” who exploits
    our riches and destroys our culture. 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 Aztlán. Por La Raza todo. Fuera
    de La Raza nada.

    Program El Plan Espiritual de Aztlán sets the theme
    that the Chicanos (La Raza de Bronze) must use their
    nationalism as the key or common denominator for mass
    mobilization and organization. Once we are committed to
    the idea and philosophy of El Plan de Aztlán, we can
    only conclude that social, economic, cultural, and
    political independence is the only road to total
    liberation from oppression, exploitation, and racism.

    Our struggle then must be for the control of our
    barrios, campos, pueblos, lands, our economy, our
    culture, and our political life. El Plan commits all
    levels of Chicano society-the barrio, the campo, the
    ranchero, the writer, the teacher, the worker, the
    professional-to La Causa.

    Nationalism Nationalism as the key to organization
    transcends all religious, political, class, and economic
    factions or boundaries. Nationalism is the common
    denominator that all members of La Raza can agree upon.
    Organizational Goals 1. UNITY in the thinking of our
    people concerning the barrios, the pueblo, the campo,
    the land, the poor, the middle class, the professional -
    all committed to the liberation of La Raza.

    2. ECONOMY: economic control of our lives and our
    communities can only come about by driving the exploiter
    out of our communities, our pueblos, and our land and
    by controlling and developing our own talents, sweat and
    resources. Cultural background and values which ignore
    materialism and embrace humanism will contribute to the
    act of cooperative buying and the distribution of
    resources and production to sustain an economic base for
    healthy growth and development. Lands rightfully ours
    will be fought for and defended. Land and realty
    ownership will be acquired by the community for the
    people’s welfare. Economic ties of responsibility must
    be secured by nationalism and the Chicano defense units.

    3. EDUCATION must be relative to our people, i.e.,
    history, culture, bilingual education, contributions,
    etc. Community control of our schools, our teachers, our
    administrators, our counselors, and our programs.

    4. INSTITUTIONS shall serve our people by providing the
    service necessary for a full life and their welfare on
    the basis of restitution, not handouts or beggar’s
    crumbs. Restitution for past economic slavery, political
    exploitation, ethnic and cultural psychological
    destruction and denial of civil and human rights.
    Institutions In our community which do not serve the
    people have no place in the community. The institutions
    belong to the people.

    5. SELF-DEFENSE of the community must rely on the
    combined strength of the people. The front line defense
    will come from the barrios, the campos, the pueblos, and
    the ranchitos. Their involvement as protectors of their
    people will be given respect and dignity. They in turn
    offer their responsibility and their lives for their
    people. Those who place themselves in the front ranks
    for their people do so out of love and carnalismo. Those
    institutions which are fattened by our brothers to
    provide employment and political pork barrels for the
    gringo will do so only as acts of liberation and for La
    Causa. For the very young there will no longer be acts
    of juvenile delinquency, but revolutionary acts.

    6. CULTURAL values of our people strengthen our identity
    and the moral backbone of the movement. Our culture
    unites and educates the family of La Raza towards
    liberation with one heart and one mind. We must insure
    that our writers, poets, musicians, and artists produce
    literature and art that is appealing to our people and
    relates to our revolutionary culture. Our cultural
    values of life, family, and home will serve as a
    powerful weapon to defeat the gringo dollar value system
    and encourage the process of love and brotherhood.

    7. POLITICAL LIBERATION can only come through
    independent action on our part since the two-party
    system is the same animal with two heads that feed from
    the same trough. Where we are a majority, we will
    control; where we are a minority, we will represent a
    pressure group; nationally, we will represent one party:
    La Familia de La Raza!

    Action

    1. Awareness and distribution of El Plan Espiritual de
    Aztlan. Presented at every meeting, demonstration,
    confrontation, courthouse, institution, administration,
    church, school, tree, building, car, and every place of
    human existence.

    2. September 16, on the birthdate of Mexican
    Independence, a national walk-out by all Chicanos of all
    colleges and schools to be sustained until the complete
    revision of the educational system: its policy makers,
    administration, its curriculum, and Its personnel to
    meet the needs of our community.

    3. Self-defense against the occupying forces of the
    oppressors at every school, every available man, woman,
    and child.

    4. Community nationalization and organization of all
    Chicanos: El Plan Espiritual de Aztlan.

    5. Economic program to drive the exploiter out of our
    community and a welding together of our people’s
    combined resources to control their own production
    through cooperative effort.

    6. Creation of an independent local, regional, and
    national political party. A nation autonomous and
    free -culturally, socially, economically, and
    politically-will make its own decisions on the usage of
    our lands, the taxation of our goods, the utilization of
    our bodies for war, the determination of justice (reward
    and punishment), and the profit of our sweat. El Plan
    de Aztlan is the plan of liberation!

    http://www.umich.edu/~mechaum/ Aztlan.html

    Below is taken from the M.E.CH.A Website, please read
    carefully, and notice their Aztlan National belief! Can
    you believe that our Government is permitting such a
    Racist, and Anti-American organiztion to be on almost
    every College in the Country!

    Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA)the
    largest US Hispanic student organization, MECHA The
    Philosophy of MEChA Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de
    Aztlán (MEChA) is a student organization that promotes
    higher education, cultura, and historia. MEChA was
    founded on the principles of self-determination for the
    liberation of our people. We believe that political
    involvement and education is the avenue for change in
    our society…..In March of 1969, at Denver, Colorado
    the Crusade for Justice organized the National Chicano
    Youth Conference that drafted the basic premises for the
    Chicana/Chicano Movement in El Plan de Aztlán (EPA). A
    synopsis of El Plan stipulates:

    1) We are Chicanas and Chicanos of Aztlán reclaiming the
    land of our birth (Chicana/Chicano Nation);

    2) Aztlán belongs to indigenous people, who are
    sovereign and not subject to a foreign culture;

    3) We are a union of free pueblos forming a bronze
    (Chicana/Chicano) Nation;

    4) Chicano nationalism, as the key to mobilization and
    organization, is the common denominator to bring
    consensus to the Chicana/Chicano Movement;

    5) Cultural values strengthen our identity as La Familia
    de La Raza; and

    6) EPA, as a basic plan of Chicana/Chicano liberation,
    sought the formation of an independent national
    political party that would represent the sentiments of
    the Chicana/Chicano community……National Pride

    Recognizing that the majority of our Raza are members of
    the working class, we avow an anti-imperialist analysis
    that includes Chicana/Chicano self-determination.
    Chicano self-determination must begin with the
    recognition of what is implied in using the term MEChA
    (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán).

    Essentially, we are a Chicana and Chicano student
    movement directly linked to Aztlán. As Chicanas and
    Chicanos of Aztlán, we are a nationalist movement of
    Indigenous Gente that lay claim to the land that is ours
    by birthright. As a nationalist movement we seek to free
    our people from the exploitation of an oppressive
    society that occupies our land. Thus, the principle of
    nationalism serves to preserve the cultural traditions
    of La Familia de La Raza and promotes our identity as a
    Chicana/Chicano Gente……..Such leadership should be
    principled and not liberal. For this reason, we cannot
    believe in unity for unity’s sake since there are many
    opportunistic organizations, groups, and/or individuals
    who care only for themselves and not for our people.
    Just as we would expel FBI or CIA agent provocateurs
    from our organizations, such opportunistic
    organizations, groups, and/or individuals must be
    exposed and expelled to strengthen our Movement.

    http://www.nationalmecha.org/ philosophy.html

    Another Chicano author rights about Aztlan, and notice
    how she says “El Plan Espiritual de Aztlán” is often
    deemed a “manifesto of Chicanismo”, then notice where
    she says “reclaiming the land of their birth,” or the
    land annexed to the United States in the 1848 Treaty of
    Guadalupe Hidalgo. Believe me, Mexicans are taught this
    in their schools, in their churches, and in their
    meetings, and MECHA is their Proselytizing, Evangelizing
    mouth piece!

    The Rhetoric of Aztlán: HB 2281, MEChA and Liberatory
    EducationDora Ramirez-Dhoore, Boise State University
    In March 1969 at the first national Chicano Liberation
    Youth Conference hosted by the Crusade for Justice in
    Denver, Colorado, a

    young poet named Alurista read “El
    Plan Espiritual de Aztlán” which forged the ideas of
    “the bronze continent” and “Aztlán” (Anaya and Lomeli

    1). This historical document, often deemed a manifesto
    of Chicanismo, or a militant ethos1, advocated Chicano
    nationalism and self-determination for Mexican

    Americans. Today, it continues to be one of the founding
    plans of the student organization, Movimiento
    Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán, or MEChA. MEChA, which
    “has been one of the more important student
    organizations to address the issue of education” (Vargas
    378), focuses on the organizational goals laid out in
    the plan, including: Unity, Economy, Education,
    Institutions, Self Defense, and Cultural and Political
    Liberation. Included in this plan is the idea of
    “reclaiming the land of their birth,” or the land
    annexed to the United States in the 1848 Treaty of
    Guadalupe Hidalgo.

    NOTE:
    If it wasn’t for Illegal Immigration, and past Amnesty programs, the
    Mexican, and Latin American Population would be REAL SMALL! We Americans
    are permitting the Invasion of our Country, we must put a stop to this,
    and push the Invaders back across the Border! OUR GOVERNMENTS HAVE
    BETRAYED US, AND FAILED US! THEY ARE SELLING US OUT! If we don’t Rise
    Up, GENOCIDE WILL COME FOR US!
    the total ethnic Mexican population of
    both nationalities in the U.S. grew from about 1.6 million 1940, to 2.5
    million in 1950, and reached 4 million by 1960. And has reached 34
    Million as of 2012, and the total Hispanic Population is 53 Million.
    They say that the Hispanic Population will increase to 133 million by
    2050 or Sooner! America, it’s NOW, or Never, we must retake our Country!
    http://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/mexican-immigration-us-latest-estimates

    “Go
    back to Boston! Go back to Plymouth Rock, Pilgrims! Get out! We are the
    future. You are old and tired. Go on. We have beaten you. Leave like
    beaten rats. You old white people. It is your duty to die. Through love
    of having children, we are going to take over.” — Augustin Cebada,
    Brown Berets

    “They’re afraid we’re going to take over the
    governmental institutions and other institutions. They’re right. We will
    take them over. We are here to stay.” — Richard Alatorre, Los Angeles
    City Councilman

    “We have an aging white America. They are not
    making babies. They are dying. The explosion is in our population . . . I
    love it. They are shitting in their pants with fear. I love it!” —
    Professor Jose Angel Gutierrez, University of Texas

    “Remember
    187–proposition to deny taxpayer funds for services to
    non-citizens–was the last gasp of white America in California.” — Art
    Torres, Chairman of the California Democratic Party

    “We are
    politicizing every single one of these new citizens that are becoming
    citizens of this country . . . I gotta tell you that a lot of people are
    saying, ‘I’m going to go out there and vote because I want to pay them
    back.’” — Gloria Molina, Los Angeles County Supervisor

    “California is going to be a Hispanic state. Anyone who doesn’t like it should leave.” — Mario Obledo, California
    Coalition
    of Hispanic Organizations and California State Secretary of Health,
    Education and Welfare under Governor Jerry Brown, also awarded the
    Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton

    “We are practicing ‘La Reconquista’ in California.” — Jose Pescador Osuna, Mexican Consul General

    “We
    need to avoid a white backlash by using codes understood by Latinos.”
    – Professor Fernando Guerra, Loyola Marymount University

    “The
    American Southwest seems to be slowly returning to the jurisdiction of
    Mexico without firing a single shot.” — Excelsior, the national
    newspaper of Mexico

    Note: There are Mexicans that don’t feel this
    way, but there is an overwhelming Majority who do believe this, and
    they will take our country if we don’t stop it now!

    In San Diego,
    the Mexican people have a park called Chicano Park, and they have all
    their Communist Friends Painted on the Walls, and then you see the
    Racist Group called the Brown Berets, then of course they raise their
    Mexican Flag on American Soil, and they salute it. That park they claim
    is now Mexican Soil, but I tell you it is the Property of the United
    States! This is Treason, and Mexicans are Committing Treason! America,
    Rise Up before we lose our Country!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BTikYxGLyA

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  • Bryan Fryer

    The Retaking of America-Aztlan U.S.A!

    This document that I have put together shows the
    philosophy, and Ideology that is a part of the Mexican
    American Mindset, called Chicanismo. This belief is in
    all levels of Chicano Society, and this is something
    that was hidden from the American People, and only a
    Civil War can stop, May God help us!

    This so-called Poem “El Plan Espiritual de Aztlan” In
    English is “Spiritual Plan of Aztlán” was written in
    1969 by Alurista, but his real name is “Alberto Baltazar
    Urista Heredia. He was born in Mexico in 1947, and he
    came to America when he was 13 years old. He is a
    Chicano poet and activist. Well, lets look at the key
    words in this truly
    Proclamation, and Chicano Manifesto!

    “Brutal Gringo” Invasion of our Territories, Northern
    Land of Aztlan,Came Our Forefathers, Reclaiming the
    Land of the Land of their Birth, and our inevitable
    “Destiny”. Aztlan belongs to those who plant the
    seeds..etc..etc…”and Not to the Foreign “Europeans”.
    We do not Recognize capricious frontiers on the Bronze
    Continent. Brotherhood Unites Us…Time has Come, and
    who Struggle against the Foreigner “Gabacho”…We
    Declare the Independence of our “Mestizo Nation”. We are
    a Bronze people. Bronze Continent, “We are a Nation”..We
    are “Aztlan”.

    This is a Chicano, or Mexican Manifesto hidden within a
    so-called poem. I don’t believe this is just a poem, and
    neither do Mexicans. Next notice how the Chicanos us
    “El Plan Espiritual de Aztlan” as a Manifesto, and as
    the Foundation of their Movement. “Sets the Theme that
    Chicanos must Use” Once we are committed to the idea and
    philosophy of El Plan de Aztlan, we can only conclude
    that social, economic, cultural, and political
    independence is the only road to total “liberation”!

    Notice they say, CONTROL of our Barrios, which is towns,
    and the word “Lands” the believe that the Southwest is
    their land. The Plan is so Important, it must commits
    “All Levels of Society”. Our struggle then must be for
    the “control of our barrios, campos, pueblos, lands, our
    economy, our culture, and our political life”. El Plan
    commits all levels of Chicano society.

    Then “Nationalism” Transcends “ALL” areas of Life.
    Next is Unity, again all levels of Societies must be
    committed to the “Liberation of La Raza” The Race!

    Next is “Economy”, Economic Control..our Communities
    can only come about by “Driving the Exploiter Out” of
    our Communities. This is already happening in California
    on a large scale, areas that were White American are now
    Latin American. Look at L.A, the Blacks are being driven
    out of their neighborhoods, even by gunpoint.

    Wow, notice how they say lands rightfully our, then will
    be fought for and defended. That sounds like a
    reclaiming of lands and that they are ready to fight for
    them, that’s War fellow Americans!

    “Lands rightfully ours” “will be fought for and
    defended”.

    The next is Education, and notice that American history
    is not included and that this Aztlan movement wants to
    “Control” the schools, and the teachers, and the
    administrators, our counselors. This is happening in
    California, and was happening in Arizona, until fellow
    Americans realized that it was Racist, and Anti-
    American, and forced it out of their school system.

    Next is INSTITUTIONS, notice they want “Restitution” for
    a Full Life, “Restitution for past economic slavery”,
    Wow, Americans Never Enslaved Mexicans! Also they want
    total control of Institutions in our community, and
    those they can’t control must get out!

    Next is Self-Defense, which is a good Idea, all us
    Americans should learn Self-Defense, and also have the
    Weapons to do so! Look at the words of “Front Line” and
    they are mostly referring to Gangbangers, and the
    Mexican Mafia, for it says those from the Barrios! Also
    the Protectors must be given respect and dignity! Notice
    the words “offer their responsibility and their lives”,
    Wow, this is a war folks, for they are offering their
    lives to it.

    Then they say: Those who place themselves in the front
    ranks for their people do so out of love and carnalismo.
    The word Carnalismo is a Gang word which means Love for
    the Homies: its an inner attitude that a true vato has,
    full of loyalty,courage and love for his homies “Urban
    Dictionary”.

    Notice how they say that “Juvenile Delinquency” will now
    be “Revolutionary Acts”. This anarchy and hate is
    encouraged by M.E.CH.A, which is a Student organization,
    and it’s on Colleges, and Universities across the
    Country. These M.E.CH.A students are to Proselytize, and
    Evangelize all Hispanics in their Area.

    For the very young there will no longer be acts of
    juvenile delinquency, but revolutionary acts.

    Next is Cultural, in which their culture is to Unite the
    family of “La Raza”, the Race towards “Liberation”, and
    they must insure that their writers, and poets, and
    musicians and artist produce literature that is
    appealing to their people and relates to their
    revolutionary culture.

    Notice “defeat the gringo dollar value system”, this is
    anti-capitalism, and they are always saying “Defeat the
    Gringo”!

    Next is Political Liberation, Americans, this is a war,
    and they are trying to take over our Political Power,
    and they want to Control is all, and if we don’t wake
    up, and stop worrying about being called a Racist, then
    we will take our Country Back, and push them back across
    the Border. We as a country should be tired of having
    our hands tied by Political Correctness, we need to put
    an end to this destruction of our Culture, and our
    People. We built this Country, and we bled much to get
    it, and we are going to have to bleed to keep it. Our
    Forefathers would be trippin if they saw how we were
    just giving away our country, and allowing others to
    over run us. These people want to destroy us, they don’t
    want to be a part of America, NO, they want to Take it
    from us, and Destroy us for Taking it! Please Wake Up!

    “Where we are a Majority”, “We will Control”; Where We
    are a Minority, we will represent a Pressure Group.

    Notice how the “El Plan” is to be presented and
    distributed at church, school, tree, building, car, and
    every place of human existence, that is every Latin
    American Existence! This view is believed by all Mexican
    Americans, and shared with all Latin Americans who are
    mostly Mestizo, or Native Blood. Sure they will accept
    White Hispanics into their Cause, and White Anglos into
    their Cause, but after they have Genocided us, then they
    will genocide these Whites when they are done with us!

    White Americans, and Black Americans Wake Up, they are
    taking our Country from us, they are at some 38 Million,
    and with the White Hispanics they are at 50 Million.

    Believe me, the White Hispanics will work also to
    destroy us, for they hate the American Culture, and want
    the Hispanic Culture to Dominate, for they believe even
    they own this Continent according to the Papacy!
    Americans, this is our Country, lets Fight to Keep it,
    for they are Fighting to Take it!

    Below is the Document that the Mexicans believe and
    follow, from the Elites to the Students, then to the
    Chicano people!

    Awareness and distribution of El Plan Espiritual de
    Aztlan. Presented at every meeting, demonstration,
    confrontation, courthouse, institution, administration,
    church, school, tree, building, car, and every place of
    human existence.

    EL PLAN DE AZTLAN

    El Plan Espiritual de 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 Aztlán 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. We are free and sovereign to determine those
    tasks which are justly called for by our house, our
    land, the sweat of our brows, and by our hearts. Aztlán
    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 and who
    struggles against the foreigner “gabacho” who exploits
    our riches and destroys our culture. 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 Aztlán. Por La Raza todo. Fuera
    de La Raza nada.

    Program El Plan Espiritual de Aztlán sets the theme
    that the Chicanos (La Raza de Bronze) must use their
    nationalism as the key or common denominator for mass
    mobilization and organization. Once we are committed to
    the idea and philosophy of El Plan de Aztlán, we can
    only conclude that social, economic, cultural, and
    political independence is the only road to total
    liberation from oppression, exploitation, and racism.

    Our struggle then must be for the control of our
    barrios, campos, pueblos, lands, our economy, our
    culture, and our political life. El Plan commits all
    levels of Chicano society-the barrio, the campo, the
    ranchero, the writer, the teacher, the worker, the
    professional-to La Causa.

    Nationalism Nationalism as the key to organization
    transcends all religious, political, class, and economic
    factions or boundaries. Nationalism is the common
    denominator that all members of La Raza can agree upon.
    Organizational Goals 1. UNITY in the thinking of our
    people concerning the barrios, the pueblo, the campo,
    the land, the poor, the middle class, the professional -
    all committed to the liberation of La Raza.

    2. ECONOMY: economic control of our lives and our
    communities can only come about by driving the exploiter
    out of our communities, our pueblos, and our land and
    by controlling and developing our own talents, sweat and
    resources. Cultural background and values which ignore
    materialism and embrace humanism will contribute to the
    act of cooperative buying and the distribution of
    resources and production to sustain an economic base for
    healthy growth and development. Lands rightfully ours
    will be fought for and defended. Land and realty
    ownership will be acquired by the community for the
    people’s welfare. Economic ties of responsibility must
    be secured by nationalism and the Chicano defense units.

    3. EDUCATION must be relative to our people, i.e.,
    history, culture, bilingual education, contributions,
    etc. Community control of our schools, our teachers, our
    administrators, our counselors, and our programs.

    4. INSTITUTIONS shall serve our people by providing the
    service necessary for a full life and their welfare on
    the basis of restitution, not handouts or beggar’s
    crumbs. Restitution for past economic slavery, political
    exploitation, ethnic and cultural psychological
    destruction and denial of civil and human rights.
    Institutions In our community which do not serve the
    people have no place in the community. The institutions
    belong to the people.

    5. SELF-DEFENSE of the community must rely on the
    combined strength of the people. The front line defense
    will come from the barrios, the campos, the pueblos, and
    the ranchitos. Their involvement as protectors of their
    people will be given respect and dignity. They in turn
    offer their responsibility and their lives for their
    people. Those who place themselves in the front ranks
    for their people do so out of love and carnalismo. Those
    institutions which are fattened by our brothers to
    provide employment and political pork barrels for the
    gringo will do so only as acts of liberation and for La
    Causa. For the very young there will no longer be acts
    of juvenile delinquency, but revolutionary acts.

    6. CULTURAL values of our people strengthen our identity
    and the moral backbone of the movement. Our culture
    unites and educates the family of La Raza towards
    liberation with one heart and one mind. We must insure
    that our writers, poets, musicians, and artists produce
    literature and art that is appealing to our people and
    relates to our revolutionary culture. Our cultural
    values of life, family, and home will serve as a
    powerful weapon to defeat the gringo dollar value system
    and encourage the process of love and brotherhood.

    7. POLITICAL LIBERATION can only come through
    independent action on our part since the two-party
    system is the same animal with two heads that feed from
    the same trough. Where we are a majority, we will
    control; where we are a minority, we will represent a
    pressure group; nationally, we will represent one party:
    La Familia de La Raza!

    Action

    1. Awareness and distribution of El Plan Espiritual de
    Aztlan. Presented at every meeting, demonstration,
    confrontation, courthouse, institution, administration,
    church, school, tree, building, car, and every place of
    human existence.

    2. September 16, on the birthdate of Mexican
    Independence, a national walk-out by all Chicanos of all
    colleges and schools to be sustained until the complete
    revision of the educational system: its policy makers,
    administration, its curriculum, and Its personnel to
    meet the needs of our community.

    3. Self-defense against the occupying forces of the
    oppressors at every school, every available man, woman,
    and child.

    4. Community nationalization and organization of all
    Chicanos: El Plan Espiritual de Aztlan.

    5. Economic program to drive the exploiter out of our
    community and a welding together of our people’s
    combined resources to control their own production
    through cooperative effort.

    6. Creation of an independent local, regional, and
    national political party. A nation autonomous and
    free -culturally, socially, economically, and
    politically-will make its own decisions on the usage of
    our lands, the taxation of our goods, the utilization of
    our bodies for war, the determination of justice (reward
    and punishment), and the profit of our sweat. El Plan
    de Aztlan is the plan of liberation!

    http://www.umich.edu/~mechaum/ Aztlan.html

    Below is taken from the M.E.CH.A Website, please read
    carefully, and notice their Aztlan National belief! Can
    you believe that our Government is permitting such a
    Racist, and Anti-American organiztion to be on almost
    every College in the Country!

    Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA)the
    largest US Hispanic student organization, MECHA The
    Philosophy of MEChA Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de
    Aztlán (MEChA) is a student organization that promotes
    higher education, cultura, and historia. MEChA was
    founded on the principles of self-determination for the
    liberation of our people. We believe that political
    involvement and education is the avenue for change in
    our society…..In March of 1969, at Denver, Colorado
    the Crusade for Justice organized the National Chicano
    Youth Conference that drafted the basic premises for the
    Chicana/Chicano Movement in El Plan de Aztlán (EPA). A
    synopsis of El Plan stipulates:

    1) We are Chicanas and Chicanos of Aztlán reclaiming the
    land of our birth (Chicana/Chicano Nation);

    2) Aztlán belongs to indigenous people, who are
    sovereign and not subject to a foreign culture;

    3) We are a union of free pueblos forming a bronze
    (Chicana/Chicano) Nation;

    4) Chicano nationalism, as the key to mobilization and
    organization, is the common denominator to bring
    consensus to the Chicana/Chicano Movement;

    5) Cultural values strengthen our identity as La Familia
    de La Raza; and

    6) EPA, as a basic plan of Chicana/Chicano liberation,
    sought the formation of an independent national
    political party that would represent the sentiments of
    the Chicana/Chicano community……National Pride

    Recognizing that the majority of our Raza are members of
    the working class, we avow an anti-imperialist analysis
    that includes Chicana/Chicano self-determination.
    Chicano self-determination must begin with the
    recognition of what is implied in using the term MEChA
    (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán).

    Essentially, we are a Chicana and Chicano student
    movement directly linked to Aztlán. As Chicanas and
    Chicanos of Aztlán, we are a nationalist movement of
    Indigenous Gente that lay claim to the land that is ours
    by birthright. As a nationalist movement we seek to free
    our people from the exploitation of an oppressive
    society that occupies our land. Thus, the principle of
    nationalism serves to preserve the cultural traditions
    of La Familia de La Raza and promotes our identity as a
    Chicana/Chicano Gente……..Such leadership should be
    principled and not liberal. For this reason, we cannot
    believe in unity for unity’s sake since there are many
    opportunistic organizations, groups, and/or individuals
    who care only for themselves and not for our people.
    Just as we would expel FBI or CIA agent provocateurs
    from our organizations, such opportunistic
    organizations, groups, and/or individuals must be
    exposed and expelled to strengthen our Movement.

    http://www.nationalmecha.org/ philosophy.html

    Another Chicano author rights about Aztlan, and notice
    how she says “El Plan Espiritual de Aztlán” is often
    deemed a “manifesto of Chicanismo”, then notice where
    she says “reclaiming the land of their birth,” or the
    land annexed to the United States in the 1848 Treaty of
    Guadalupe Hidalgo. Believe me, Mexicans are taught this
    in their schools, in their churches, and in their
    meetings, and MECHA is their Proselytizing, Evangelizing
    mouth piece!

    The Rhetoric of Aztlán: HB 2281, MEChA and Liberatory
    EducationDora Ramirez-Dhoore, Boise State University
    In March 1969 at the first national Chicano Liberation
    Youth Conference hosted by the Crusade for Justice in
    Denver, Colorado, a

    young poet named Alurista read “El
    Plan Espiritual de Aztlán” which forged the ideas of
    “the bronze continent” and “Aztlán” (Anaya and Lomeli

    1). This historical document, often deemed a manifesto
    of Chicanismo, or a militant ethos1, advocated Chicano
    nationalism and self-determination for Mexican

    Americans. Today, it continues to be one of the founding
    plans of the student organization, Movimiento
    Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán, or MEChA. MEChA, which
    “has been one of the more important student
    organizations to address the issue of education” (Vargas
    378), focuses on the organizational goals laid out in
    the plan, including: Unity, Economy, Education,
    Institutions, Self Defense, and Cultural and Political
    Liberation. Included in this plan is the idea of
    “reclaiming the land of their birth,” or the land
    annexed to the United States in the 1848 Treaty of
    Guadalupe Hidalgo.

    NOTE:
    If it wasn’t for Illegal Immigration, and past Amnesty programs, the
    Mexican, and Latin American Population would be REAL SMALL! We Americans
    are permitting the Invasion of our Country, we must put a stop to this,
    and push the Invaders back across the Border! OUR GOVERNMENTS HAVE
    BETRAYED US, AND FAILED US! THEY ARE SELLING US OUT! If we don’t Rise
    Up, GENOCIDE WILL COME FOR US!
    the total ethnic Mexican population of
    both nationalities in the U.S. grew from about 1.6 million 1940, to 2.5
    million in 1950, and reached 4 million by 1960. And has reached 34
    Million as of 2012, and the total Hispanic Population is 53 Million.
    They say that the Hispanic Population will increase to 133 million by
    2050 or Sooner! America, it’s NOW, or Never, we must retake our Country!
    http://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/mexican-immigration-us-latest-estimates

    “Go
    back to Boston! Go back to Plymouth Rock, Pilgrims! Get out! We are the
    future. You are old and tired. Go on. We have beaten you. Leave like
    beaten rats. You old white people. It is your duty to die. Through love
    of having children, we are going to take over.” — Augustin Cebada,
    Brown Berets

    “They’re afraid we’re going to take over the
    governmental institutions and other institutions. They’re right. We will
    take them over. We are here to stay.” — Richard Alatorre, Los Angeles
    City Councilman

    “We have an aging white America. They are not
    making babies. They are dying. The explosion is in our population . . . I
    love it. They are shitting in their pants with fear. I love it!” —
    Professor Jose Angel Gutierrez, University of Texas

    “Remember
    187–proposition to deny taxpayer funds for services to
    non-citizens–was the last gasp of white America in California.” — Art
    Torres, Chairman of the California Democratic Party

    “We are
    politicizing every single one of these new citizens that are becoming
    citizens of this country . . . I gotta tell you that a lot of people are
    saying, ‘I’m going to go out there and vote because I want to pay them
    back.’” — Gloria Molina, Los Angeles County Supervisor

    “California is going to be a Hispanic state. Anyone who doesn’t like it should leave.” — Mario Obledo, California
    Coalition
    of Hispanic Organizations and California State Secretary of Health,
    Education and Welfare under Governor Jerry Brown, also awarded the
    Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton

    “We are practicing ‘La Reconquista’ in California.” — Jose Pescador Osuna, Mexican Consul General

    “We
    need to avoid a white backlash by using codes understood by Latinos.”
    – Professor Fernando Guerra, Loyola Marymount University

    “The
    American Southwest seems to be slowly returning to the jurisdiction of
    Mexico without firing a single shot.” — Excelsior, the national
    newspaper of Mexico

    Note: There are Mexicans that don’t feel this
    way, but there is an overwhelming Majority who do believe this, and
    they will take our country if we don’t stop it now!

    In San Diego,
    the Mexican people have a park called Chicano Park, and they have all
    their Communist Friends Painted on the Walls, and then you see the
    Racist Group called the Brown Berets, then of course they raise their
    Mexican Flag on American Soil, and they salute it. That park they claim
    is now Mexican Soil, but I tell you it is the Property of the United
    States! This is Treason, and Mexicans are Committing Treason! America,
    Rise Up before we lose our Country!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BTikYxGLyA

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