Skip to comments.'Aztlan': A Warped Vision Of History
Posted on 01/01/2003 8:51:58 AM PST by SJackson
As the US began to grow, immigrants started flowing into this new land of opportunity. Immigrants from Europe and Asia made up the majority of the newcomers. Thousands of miles of ocean separated the newcomers from their old homeland. The remoteness from their roots made it a little easier to cut the ties from the homeland and assimilate into a new American culture. For the last several decades immigration (illegal and legal) from Mexico has increased significantly and is now a major source of immigrants. But the closeness of Mexico made the acceptance of the American culture a lower priority than in the past. In many cases crossing the USMexican border is as easy as moving from state to state. In less than a days drive, someone can leave anywhere in the southwest and be in Mexico. The closeness of ones homeland makes acceptance of their new homeland less critical.
Most of those that emigrated from Mexico became naturalized US citizens and have become productive citizens. Unfortunately, some embittered intellectuals (on both sides of the border) have advocated that most of the southwest US belongs to Mexico. As a result they also believe that there should be no border control between Mexico and the US. Their rantings have convinced many that the southwest US belongs to Mexico. This view is reflected in a recent Zogby poll. The poll revealed that 58% of Mexicans believe that the southwest US belongs to Mexico. That probably explains why 60% of Mexicans also believe there should be no border control.
One of the promoters of this idea is Professor Charles Truxillo, instructor of Chicano studies at the University of New Mexico (UNM) and self-described disciple of Chicano-Marxist terrorist Reies Lopez Tijerina. Tijerina and his terrorist group have been advocating retaking the southwest since the mid 60s. In June 1967, Tijerina led his gang in an assault on the courthouse in Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico. During the attack he proved that his violence was non- discriminatory. They shot fellow Mexican- American jailer Eugolio Salazar in the face, pistol whipped fellow Mexican-American Undersheriff Dan Rivera, and killed fellow Mexican-American Deputy Sheriff Nicainor Saizan. The gang also took 20 local citizens hostage in the courthouse before fleeing town.
Tijerina claims that this new territory is the Nation of Aztlan and includes California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, plus the southern part of Colorado. Tijerina declared "exclusive and supreme" powers "within our territorial jurisdiction, over all persons and property situated therein, to the exclusion of all other countries and governments."
It is disturbing that educators like Charles Truxillo look to anarchists like Tijerina for moral leadership and historical vision. As a result of this warped sense of morals and history, educators like Charles Truxillo, advocate that the area from the Pacific to the Gulf of Mexico belongs to Mexico.
Truxillo and educators of his ilk are performing a disservice to their students by distorting history, preaching hate, and inciting violence. The curriculum sounds frighteningly like the message Muslim Clerics preach at their Madrassas. Truxillo maintains that the new country should be created 'by any means necessary'. And after the 1995 Latino Summit representatives of the "Brown Berets de Aztlan," a Chicano paramilitary group, has threatened to "make the streets run red" with their opponent's blood.
This militant rhetoric isnt restricted to Tijerina, or the "Brown Berets de Aztlan. The Aztlan movement is supported by high profile militant separatist groups that are active on high school and university campuses. MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan) and La Raza (the Race) are just two of such groups.
Miguel Perez of Cal State-Northridge's MEChA chapter said, "The ultimate ideology is the liberation of Aztlan. Communism would be closest [to it]. Once Aztlan is established, ethnic cleansing would commence: Non-Chicanos would have to be expelled opposition groups would be quashed because you have to keep power." It sounds like the advocates of Aztlan preach the same philosophy advocated by Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaeda buddies.
It should be no surprise that the area in dispute was spelled out in the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo which ended the US Mexican War. In the treaty, Mexico relinquished control of the area in exchange for $15 million plus the US assumed millions of dollars of Mexicos debt. But the believers in Aztlan want to rewrite history and void the treaty.
The Aztlan agitators claim the US stole the area have forgot that in 1848 Mexico exercised very little control over the area, that less than 1% of Mexicos population was in the area, and no valuable minerals had been discovered.
Astute geopolitical observers have suggested that it may have been better for all concerned (US and Mexico) if at the end of the war the US had seized all of Mexico. No one can deny that the territory in question has prospered during the 154 years it has been under U.S. free market philosophy while poverty still exists south of the border.
Without the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo the US southwest might still look like Tijuana. Disbelievers need only walk across the border between San Diego and Tijuana to see the stark contrast.
The agitators call themselves the "Bronze People" and claim Aztlan is theirs. They have stated, "Aztlan belongs to those who plant the seeds, water the fields, and gather the crops, and not to the foreign Europeans". Im afraid that these misguided agitators have forgotten the strong cultural, religious, and ethnic influence that France and Spain (both European countries) have had on Mexico. Aztlan supporters should also abandon Spanish (a European language) and adopt Aztec or Mayan as the new language of Aztlan.
(I do, however, blame those in America who are doing the "giving".)
And that's exactly the age we'll end up in if this happens.
The area originally belonged to nobody. Hernando Cortez claimed an entire area including what is now Mexico and land nearly to Canada for Spain without ever seeing most of it or even knowing where it was. In the early 1800s the people of Mexico refused to accept Cortez's claims and expelled the Spanish. By result of inheritance of Cortez's claims, Mexico assumed ownership of nearly half of What is now the Western United States. Americans didn't accept Cortez's claims either and freed itself from Mexico.
Unlike "Atzlan", that is no fantasy. We (the US) are keeping California, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas (they'll NEVER take Texas!) and all other territory aquired from Mexico BUT we are expanding the rich tapestry of the American people by adding a healthy influx from South of the Border of folks more likely than those at La Jolla, CA, or Darien, CT, to be socially conservative. When Roe vs. Wade is gone, check with the rest of us again. Until then, progress in that direction will continue apace. This will also dash the hopes of the more fashionable for gay marriages and whatnot. Tooooooooooo bad!
Most of those who originally conquered their way up into what is now the American SW, certainly their leaders, were of pure Spanish blood.
I used to live in northern NM, and (at least at the time) one of the best ways to get your clock cleaned was to refer to as "Mexican" one of the Hispanic locals who had been living in the area for centuries. They were "Spanish", and don't you forget it!
I have no idea if this distinction still remains in force in the area.
BTW, I have no fantasies about this. I just think it odd that a group would claim title to an area based on a conquest in the 1600s while denying all validity to a conquest in the 1800s.
Are titles based on conquest valid or not? If not, how does the earlier conquest confer title? If conquest does confer title, why would the later conquest not be as valid as the earlier one?
Of course, if you go back far enough, ALL titles are based on conquest.
This is a clear and concise statement of the Nazi Party proram in the late 1930's and early 1940's. In a way it is kind of nice to have a group of these slimeballs actually admitting to their program.
Stay well - Stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown
True. Also, the Aztecs did not control anything close to even all of what is now Mexico. Most of the areas they did control were not a true empire, but were rather in the nature of tributary independent states. Much as most of eastern and southeastern Asia was to China for many centuries.
Most of the area was uninhabitable. Before Siegel developed Las Vegas, the population there was something like 25. There was a natural desert barrier between Southern Mexico and what is now the U. S. which prohibited movement of people into so-called Aztlan. If you get a map of Mexico today you will see entire areas the size of Rhode Island in the Northern half of the country in which there are still no roads because there are no cities nor anything else there. The areas are something like an old Clint Eastwood movie where he rides his horse into a place where there are 15 people, 45 chickens, and two goats.
Then we do a sort of reverse underground railroad run with our chicken trucks, take 'em back and show 'em that while they were killing themselves masoning and landscaping here, NAFTA has made kingpins of their homeys back in the homeland.
We may have to 'sponsor' two families/yr travel, but I'm telling you this will work.
I agree with you completely about the benefits of immigration to America. But AztlanIts is a potentially dangerous fantasy, since it prevents the beneficial assimilation which youre speaking of.
BTW, we have a park up in Wisconsin, Aztalan State Park the site of a Mississipian village thought to be related to the Aztecs.
Guess Wisconsin goes too. Madison would agree. ;>)
There was pressure on Polk to annex Mexico, and I believe a bill which passed the Senate, which was defeated in the House (too many new slave states), providing for annexation. Maybe some of the FR historians can help me on the facts of the legislation.
Would have been a very different continent.
Disbelievers need only to stroll through downtown LA.
As far as #10's comment about "adding to the tapestry...", give me your address and I'll see if the gang over at Home Deport wants to add to the scenery in your backyard.
(Yes, I know it's Home Depot, and, no, I don't consider myself to be part of any 'racist community')
I was referring to immigration (controled) from Mexico, not the Aztlan movement, which other freepers have assured me in the past is a small minority (honest ;>)).
Of course I love the Pali belt in their emblem.
They keep good company!!
And who wouldn't like their flyers?
They don't represent all Mexicans, but Aztlan isn't talking assimilation.
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 Aztlan from whence came our forefathers, reclaiming the land of their birth and consecrating the determination of our people of the sun, declare that the call of our blood is our power, our responsibility, and our inevitable destiny.
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. Aztlan belongs to those who plant the seeds, water the fields, and gather the crops and not to the foreign Europeans. We do not recognize capricious frontiers on the bronze continent
Brotherhood unites us, and love for our brothers makes us a people whose time has come 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 Aztlan.
For La Raza to do. Fuera de La Raza nada.
El Plan Espiritual de Aztlan 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 Aztlan, 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 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.
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 lands 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 camp os, 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 indepen-dent 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!
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!
We were getting a rich tapestry, now we are just getting rateros, rat people, with 7th grade educations at best. I live in the southwest, I helped start a spanish TV station, and what is coming up here now are mostly bums.
I heard this joke in Mexico in the 80's: "Mexicans don't care that the Gringos stole half their country - what pisses them off is that they stole the half with good roads."
How many of the 60-70 million Americans/Mexicans/Asian immigrants want to be citizens of the Republic of Mexico - or the new and improved Republic of Aztlan?
The way that Spanish law worked during its colonial period contradicts your Spanish friends and they probably know it. Queen Isabella of Spain was a green-eyed, red-haired Castilian of Celtic ancestry. If her brother moved to Mexico and married in Mexico, whether he married an unrelated lady as green-eyed, red-haired and Celtic/Castilian as his sister and brought in from Spain for the occasion or married Montezuma's daughter, both he and his wife became Mexican in nationality and ONLY Mexican by that marriage in Mexico.
Whether by revolution (Texas), or conquest, or purchase, the US ownership of each and every state in question is complete as any "Atzlan" Liberation Front will find out in short order to its collective detriment with extreme prejudice if they would like to contest the question.
The idea is not to bring the states in question under solitary Mexican rule. The idea is to make them de facto Mexican states while not relinquishing access to U. S. Federal programs. Given the political clout by the population of the states and the access to federal entitlements the U. S. will finance an invasion here and support of Mexico below the border until the two countries are merged with the approval of Bush and Fox.
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