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