“La Raza” simply means “the race”. Who exactly are the people who call themselves the “La Raza’s?” Anyone that identifies with “the race” can be considered a La Raza. In 1902 the National Council of La Raza was formed in the United States to champion the rights of Hispanic or Latino citizens. It is much the same as the NAACP, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People where descendents of slaves joined together to lobby the government for civil or basic human rights. Members of the NCLR could be considered La Raza’s.
Others La Razas include: MEChA or Movimeiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan translated Chicano Student Movement of Aztlan, The Brown Berets de Aztlan, Orgnaization for the Liberation of Aztlan or OLA, La Raza Unida Party and the Nation of Aztlan. The primary reason for these groups is the liberation of Aztlan. They are followers of the “El Plan de Aztlan” manifesto also known as “El Pan Espirtual de Aztlan”. There aim is to take back the land the United States “stole” from them. They claim the states of Arizona, California, Texas, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, Oregon and parts of Washington. In a book written by Carlos M. Jimenez, a Los Angeles high school teacher, “The Mexican American Heritage” a new map of North America was drawn showing Aztlan above Mexico.
Clubs espousing the MEChA Philosophy can be found in public high schools, colleges and universities. #1 of this philosophy states: “We are Chicanas and Chicanos of AztlÃ¡n reclaiming the land of our birth.” They preach a hatred of the United States and are radical in their approach. Members of these La Raza groups may have been responsible for replacing US flags on US government property with Mexican flags during the May 1, 2006 “Day Without Immigrants” protest in Southern California. For unknown reasons “This Is Mexico” was spray painted on Bristol Ave in Santa Ana, California during these protests. If the La Raza’s were responsible, it would seem they would have spray painted “This Is Altzan”.
It is also odd that they use the language of Spain to communicate rather than that of their native ancestors whose land they claim was stolen solely by “Americanos”. Although the La Raza’s have declared war on the United States, they seem preoccupied with Mexican culture. Who are the La Raza’s? Those who were born in the established borders as citizens of the United States might call them a threat to life as they know it. Immigrants that came to the United States to escape poverty and wars in their countries may be astonished some day to find themselves exiles in Aztlan.
From the NCLR website we learn that the Latino population sent $45.8 Billion dollars to Latin America in the year 2004. During the same time period many Latino’s received free health care and food stamps in the United States. According to a statistical report by New Century Foundation, 60 California hospitals were forced to close between 1993 and 2003 due to the cost of free medical care for border trespassers. The same report states that 50% of Hispanic households in the USA use some form of welfare. An interesting tidbit is that fast food chain, Mc Donald’s, partners with the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the NCLR. This may be why, if one does not speak Spanish in some California cities, they will not be hired at Mc Donalds.
Authors Note: NCLR members may not espouse the same values as the other La Raza groups mentioned. This article was published for no pay and does not reflect views of Associated Content or it’s editors. I am a firm believer that their is one race, the human race and enjoy living in a melted pot of nationalities. I wish the militant La Raza’s felt the same. Peace.
Various Authors, National Association of La Raza
Author unknown, What Is MEChA? Who Is Meca
Author unknown, Philosophy of MEChA, Cal State Ela
Author unknown, Hispanics A Statistical Report, Amren.com
Author unkown, We Share Our Community, Mc Donald’s brochure