Now that Democrat
Cruz Bustamante is California`s gubernatorial recall
front-runner, we can look forward to in-depth media
investigations of the Latino candidate`s long-held ties
racial separatist group MEChA, right?
While Katie Couric complains about GOP candidate
Arnold Schwarzenegger being
“the son of a Nazi party member” and
international media outlets assail Schwarzenegger
advisor Pete Wilson as “anti-immigrant” and
“racially divisive,” the liberal press has been
stone-cold silent on Bustamante`s connection to one of
the nation`s most virulently racist organizations.
As a student at Fresno State University in the 1970s,
Bustamante was an active member of the Movimiento
Estudiantil de Aztlan, or
MEChA, which stands for the Chicano Student Movement
of Aztlan. Bustamante
repeatedly denies having a “radical ethnic
agenda,” but has refused to disassociate himself
from his Mechista roots. In fact, Bustamante recently
returned to Fresno State for a separate Latino
founded by two of his Chicano activist classmates.
MEChA has been dismissed by some as a harmless social
club, but it operates an identity politics
indoctrination machine on publicly-subsidized college
and high school campuses nationwide that would make
David Duke and the KKK turn green with envy.
MEChA members in the University of California system
have rioted in Los Angeles, editorialized that federal
“pigs should be killed, every single one” in San
Diego, and are suspected of
breaking into a conservative student publication`s
offices and stealing its entire print run in Berkeley.
symbol is an eagle
clutching a dynamite stick and machete-like weapon
in its claws; its motto is “Por La Raza todo. Fuera
de La Raza nada (For the Race, everything. For those
outside the Race, nothing).” The MEChA Constitution
calls on members to “promote Chicanismo within the
community, politicizing our Raza [race] with an
emphasis on indigenous consciousness to continue the
struggle for the self-determination of the Chicano
people for the purpose of liberating Aztlán.” “Aztlan”
is the group`s term for the vast southwestern U.S.
expanse, from parts of Washington and Oregon down to
California and Arizona and over to Texas, which MEChA
claims to be a mythical homeland and seeks to reconquer
for Mexico (reconquista).
MEChA`s liberation agenda, outlined in
El Plan de Aztlan, states defiantly:
“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.”
Substitute “Aryan” for “mestizo” and “white” for
“bronze.” Not much difference between the nutty
philosophy of Bustamante`s MEChA and
Papa Schwarzenegger`s evil Nazi Party.
To date, however the only exposure Bustamante`s MEChA
history has received has been on the Internet.
In a critical article on Bustamante published by
FrontPage Magazine last week, Lowell Ponte notes
“Like Nazism, MEChA has
acquired more than a tinge of racism. In their tactics
to advance Latinos and `La Raza,` many of its activists
have directed racist attacks against not only
white-skinned Anglos but also against blacks,
Asian-Americans and Jews – in fact, against every
Popular Internet blogger Tacitus
“It`s tempting to dismiss
this as a youthful affiliation that means nothing today
— but that temptation would be wrong. There are certain
associations that are socially tainting (and justly so)
in the modern day, and they don`t have statutes of
Former Klansmen and former Nazis don`t get a pass
unless they spend a great deal of time and energy
apologizing for and explaining themselves in a
Why should Bustamante, a public figure already known
to have used a racial epithet in the past (he
infamously used the word “nigger” while addressing a
Black History Month event two years ago) get a pass?
Or, for that matter, former California State Assembly
Speaker and Los Angeles mayoral candidate Antonio
Villaraigosa, State Assemblyman Gil Cadillo, State Sen.
Joe Baca, and Arizona congressman Raul Grijalva—all
Ms. Couric, I know you`ll get to the bottom of this.
They don`t call you
Hardball Katie for nothing.
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Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores.
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