What happened this week at Klein Collins High School in Spring, Texas went HOG WILD all over the blog-o-sphere.
Apparently the school's phone lines were jammed - imagine that!
If you somehow missed it, or just emerged from a coma, here it is again:
Some have depicted this event as an issue of flag etiquette, i.e.:
United States Code, Title 4, Chapter 1 - the Flag of the United States; Title 36, Chapter 3 - patriotic customs and observances: "No other flag or pennant should be placed above or, if on the same level, to the right of the flag of the United States of America . . ."
Actually, the true significance of this event goes beyond simply flag etiquette.
The pivotal event was not the taking down and trashing of the Mexican Flag by high school student Nick Morris; it was the initial display of the Mexican flag itself that was the flash point.
Before we go any further, let me say once more that I am not a racist. I have no problem with the Latin people; be they Mexican, Central or South American, Spanish, or Portuguese. I speak Spanish, I like the Spanish culture. I especially enjoy the Mexican influence upon the American culture; it is part of what makes us unique. I hope that none of my Latino friends who are reading this misunderstand me; this is not about racism or prejudice against the Latin people - if anything this is the complete opposite.
What happened last week in Spring, Texas goes beyond flag etiquette BECAUSE there are dangerous sentiments growing amongst a significant portion of the Mexican populations living in America - legal AND illegal - that if allowed to fester will lead to the Balkanization of the United States. And we all know what happened in the Balkans.
Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan, or Chicano Student Movement of Aztlan ( MEChA ) is one of the most anti-American groups in the country. MECHa has permeated U.S. campuses since the 1960s, and continues its push to carve a racist nation out of the American West.
"Aztlán" refers to the lands of Northern Mexico that were annexed by the United States as a result of the Mexican-American War. Aztlán has became a symbol for Chicano activists who believe they have a legal and primordial right to the land. In order to exercise this right, some members of the Chicano movement propose that a new nation be created: Republica del Norte.
MEChA and the La Raza movement teach that Colorado, California, Arizona, Texas, Utah, New Mexico, Oregon and parts of Washington State make up an area known as "Aztlan" - a fictional ancestral homeland of the Aztecs before Europeans arrived in North America. As such, it belongs to the followers of MEChA. These are all areas America should surrender to "La Raza" once enough immigrants, legal or illegal, enter to claim a majority, as in Los Angeles. The current borders of the United States will simply be extinguished.
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This plan is referred to as the "Reconquista" or reconquest, of the Western U.S.
The Aztlan plan doesn't end with territorial occupation and secession. The final plan for the La Raza movement includes the ethnic cleansing of Americans of European, African, and Asian descent out of "Aztlan".
Miguel Perez of Cal State-Northridge's MEChA chapter has been quoted as saying: "The ultimate ideology is the liberation of Aztlan. Communism would be closest to it. Once Aztlan is established, ethnic cleansing would commence: Non-Chicanos would have to be expelled - opposition groups would be quashed because you have to keep power."
Do these words read a little too extremist here? OK - lets roll the video:
This is Ron Gochez at a La Raza Rally at UCLA. Gochez is currently a HISTORY teacher at Santee High School in Los Angeles, California.
Here are some buzz-phrases from his hate-speech:
"Where we now stand is stolen, occupied Mexico" . . . "Communist Revolution" . . . "Frail, racist white people" . . . "La Raza" . . . "Fidel Castro" . . . "Northern Front of Latin Revolution" . . . "40 million . . . revolutionaries . . . in the belly of the beast" . . . "Our enemy is Capitalism and Imperialism".
"We are revolutionary Mexican organization here. We understand that this is not just about Mexico. Its about a global struggle against imperialism and capitalism At the forefront of this revolutionary movement is La Raza. We will no longer fall for these lies called borders. We see America as a northern front of a revolutionary movement. Our enemy is capitalism and imperialism."
Perhaps you find these words a little discomforting, especially coming from a state employee? There is a Santee Falcons Contact Form for Santee High School; Richard J. Chavez is the principal and the main number is 213-763-1000. The LA Unified School District Superintendent is Ramon Cortines and the main number is 213-241-1000.
This state employee's name is Ron Gochez, and I have a personal message for this wannabe revolutionary:
Mr. Gochez - right now you're on MY DIME - I'm a taxpayer and YOU WORK FOR ME. And quite honestly, I don't like what I'm getting for my money when I hear the merde that's coming out of your mouth.
But I'm a fair man. I tell you what - Señor Gochez - you want to put your money where your mouth is? Why don't you go to Cuba, the wonderful revolutionary land of your hero Fidel - I'LL PAY YOUR TICKET. All you have to do is click on the little "email me" link, upper right hand corner of this blog.
It would be my pleasure if El Revolucionario grows a set of cojones and takes me up on my offer.
This post is not about racism, this is about patriotism. Patriotism is love of one's country. This country - OUR COUNTRY - is the United States of America.
We have room and work aplenty for anybody and everybody here - provided you get in line and get yourself vetted like I was when I came to this country; we don't want any criminals or revolutionaries or terrorists, we have enough of our own already, thank you very much. If you want to work, you won't find a better place to make it, anywhere in the world.
If you don't like it here - pack your sh*t and move out.
- Sean Linnane