Effective July 10th
, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), changed its name to UnidosUS. It’s being accused of “selling out”. [Savvy move or 'selling out'? National Council of La Raza unveils new name,
by Maria Polleta, Arizona Central
, July 11, 2017] But really, nothing has changed.
President Janet Murguia justified the change because some members thought “raza” was outdated and “didn’t resonate”. [Largest Latino Rights Group To Drop ‘La Raza’, Switch To ‘UnidosUS’
, CBS, July 10, 2017] She claims it had nothing to do with “right wing groups” who nefariously “applied a literal translation to ‘la raza’ as ‘the race’ and said the advocacy group for Latinos was pushing a racist agenda”. [National Council of La Raza Changes Name to UnidosUS,
by Suzanne Gamboa, NBC News, July 10, 2017]
The organization long denied
its name meant “the race” and instead claimed it meant “the people” or "the community." Naturally, the Main Stream Media parroted
I consulted the Real Academia Española,
the “Royal Academy of the Spanish Language.” Founded in 1713 in Madrid, it’s the highest authority of the Spanish language, boasting leading scholars from throughout the Spanish-speaking world.
The first meaning it assigns to “la raza” is Casta o calidad del origen o linaje
, which means “caste or quality of the origin or lineage.”Sounds like a race.
The second is “Cada uno de los grupos en que se subdividen algunas especies biológicas y cuyos caracteres diferenciales se perpetúan por herencia.
” “Each one of the groups in which some biological species are subdivided and whose differential characteristics are perpetuated by inheritance.”
Sounds like a race.
In reference to animals, the term raza
refers to a breed, such as a Berkshire pig or Guernsey cow. An animal breed is not a “people” or “community”.
The Real Academia
also provides in its entry an English translation of raza
. That translation is “race.”
I can’t find any equivalent of the terms “people” or “community.”
be pulling our leg about “la raza
Even if they aren’t, even if la raza
meant “the people” or “community,” it doesn’t mean the American
“people” or “community.” From the viewpoint of American unity, it’s still subversive.
The NCLR/UnidosUS website provides its own explanation of what La Raza supposedly means. Interestingly, it’s harder to find than it was years ago
. Are they hiding it?
The organization claims
The term was coined by Mexican scholar José Vasconcelos [Right] to reflect the fact that the people of Latin America are a mixture of many of the world’s races, cultures, and religions. Some people have mistranslated “La Raza” to mean “the race,” implying that it is a term meant to exclude others. In fact, the full term coined by Vasconcelos, “La Raza Cósmica,” meaning the “cosmic people,” was developed to reflect not purity but the mixture inherent in the Hispanic people. This is an inclusive concept, meaning that Hispanics share with all other peoples of the world a common heritage and destiny.
Aside from claims the Real Academia
mistranslated the word, note their concept of La Raza
was developed by Jose Vasconcelos. The explanation makes it sound like Vasconcelos was celebrating “the mixture inherent in the Hispanic people
,” “an inclusive concept.”
They’re assuming most people won’t investigate what Vasconcelos wrote. It’s very different from their claims. Vasconcelos wrote about racial mixture, but wasn’t describing race mixture in general. Instead, he was describing
a specific type of race mixture linked
to a particular ideology.
Vasconcelos describes his ideology in La Raza Cósmica
(The Cosmic Race). Written in the 1920s and revised in 1948, it was widely influential in Mexico and throughout Latin America.
Vasconcelos attempted to establish an identity and a civilizational and racial vision for all Latin America. Far from believing in a universalistic “let’s all get along and mix all the races” ideology, Vasconcelos believed in a centuries’ long clash of civilizations, pitting the Hispanic civilization (of which Mexico is a part) against the Anglo-Saxon civilization (of which the United States is a part).
Vasconcelos called the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588 a “disaster.” Note that the Armada`s defeat paved the way
for English settlement
of the 13 Colonies
(beginning with Jamestown
) which was the foundation of the U.S.A.
This civilizational struggle “of Latinity against Saxonism
,” said Vasconcelos, was and is “a struggle of institutions, of purposes and of ideals”.
Vasconcelos calls the Anglo-Saxons
“our enemies” and writes of “the Saxon—our rival
for possession of the continent”. (Recall that in Spanish, North and South America form one continent
What does that mean for the U.S.A., founded as it is upon the English cultural, linguistic, legal
and political principles?
Are Hispanic immigrants going to assimilate to our culture or do they see themselves as Hispanic infiltrators of the enemy Anglosphere?
We can guess.
- Mexican author Carlos Fuentes boasted of the Spanish language and its “silent reconquista of the United States” (not just the Southwest!), comparing it to the conquest of Mexico five centuries ago.
- Vicente Fox, Mexico’s president from 2000 to 2006, crowed that Mexicans who speak Spanish in the U.S. are doing their patriotic duty (to Mexico).
- In the 1990s, Raul Yzaguirre (longtime president of the National Council of La Raza) declared that “US English” an organization whose only goal is to promote English as our official language, “is to Hispanics as the Ku Klux Klan is to blacks.” [Television Review; Strangers In The Barrio, Testing Cultural Flexibility, By Virginia Heffernan, NYT, June 4, 2004]
Culturally speaking, the La Raza ideology is opposed to our culture.
What did Vasconcelos teach about race?
Vasconcelos divided humanity into five races (razas
)—(1) the negro
(black) (2) the rojo
(American Indian), (3) the amarillo
(yellow) or mogul
(Mongol), and (4) the blanco
The fifth raza
is la raza cósmica
, the cosmic race “una estirpe [stock, lineage] en formación”, a raza
still in the process of formation.
This new race, taught Vasconcelos, is being formed in Latin America
through the race mixture
of the four traditional races. And this new race is going to be “an improvement [superación] over all the past [races].”
That sounds like a “super-race” ideology. Where have I heard that before
Vasconcelos’ new Cosmic Race, an “infinitely superior type to all that have existed” would be formed by the four traditional races, but not in equal proportions
Vasconcelos said the white (European) character would probably predominate
and “the white himself will have to aspire with the object of conquering the synthesis.” The new Fifth Race would be predominantly European.
Vasconcelos didn’t write much about Asians, though there has been some Asian mixture in Latin America.
As for American Indians, Vasconcelos thought they needed to modernize. Through race mixture, “The Indian…will make the jump of myriad years…”
Vasconcelos also taught blacks would have some characteristics bred out.
“The low types of the species will be absorbed by the superior type…. the Negro, for example, can be redeemed and, little by little, through voluntary extinction, the ugliest stocks will be less prolific, and the better specimens will yield to the more beautiful.”
Vasconcelos even contrasted the situations of American blacks and Latin American blacks, writing that “In the Iberoamerican world…we have few Negroes and most of them have been transforming into mulattoes.”
Vasconcelos postulated, “..in a few decades of aesthetic eugenics the Negro can disappear together with the types which the free instinct of beauty will designate as fundamentally recessive and unworthy…of perpetuation.”
Janet Murguia didn’t tell us about that part!
The apologists of La Raza
ideology (knowingly or unknowingly) presented a sanitized version. But they neglect entirely to tell you that in 1940, while World War II was already raging in Europe, Jose Vasconcelos was a Nazi sympathizer.
Actually, a collaborator. Vasconcelos edited Timón
, a magazine sponsored by the German embassy in Mexico. Some of the publication’s
articles cheered on
the Axis powers, attacked Jews and quoted the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
Janet Murguia doesn’t bring that up either!
Is it possible the real reason behind the NCLR’s name change was that unfortunate publicity about the term raza
created the possibility Americans might learn about Vasconcelos’ “Cosmic Race” ideology?
Maybe. But there are still plenty of other groups bearing the term La Raza
in their organizational names. In fact, according to Lisa Navarrete
of the NCLR, there are “thousands”. [Which ‘La Raza?’ Trump comments cause confusion over group’s role,
by Emily Flitter, Reuters,
June 6, 2016]
One notable example is La Raza Lawyers of San Diego
, which has U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel
as a member. Candidate Trump was criticized for calling him a “Mexican judge
.”La Raza ideology has no place in Anglo-American jurisprudence
. It’s disturbing such an organization even exists.
And despite the name change, NCLR/UnidosUS still exists and there’s no change in its policies. The organization claims : “Our primary change is that of our name—UnidosUS. Our Mission, Vision, and Values will remain the same. But we recognize that as an organization we need to ensure we evolve along with, and remain relevant to, our ever-changing Hispanic community.”
To give you some idea of its “values” when it comes to immigration, here are some press statements and issue statements from the NCLR/UnidosUS website.
- NCLR Condemns Trump Attack on American Values January 25, 2017
- NCLR Condemns Executive Order on Refugees and Muslim Immigration January 27, 2017
- Impact of the Trump administration's immigration executive orders on Latinos and the U.S. economy
- These young people are saying “no” to the Trump administration’s immigration policies
- NCLR Condemns Governor Abbott’s “Show Me Your Papers” Law May 8, 2017
- Fox Guarding the Hen House: NCLR Reacts to Kris Kobach Appointment to Voter Commission May 11, 2017
Regardless of its name, UnidosUS is not your friend if you’re an immigration patriot. It will continue to oppose any attempt to enforce immigration laws. Indeed, “UnidosUS” is already denouncing President Trump’s “immoral border wall” [UnidosUS Decries House Decision to Stick Taxpayers with $1.6 Billion Bill to Fund Immoral Border Wall,
July 28, 2017].
It may have a new name. But UnidosUS has the same old mission.American citizen Allan Wall (email him) moved back to the U.S.A. in 2008 after many years residing in Mexico. Allan`s wife is Mexican, and their two sons are bilingual. In 2005, Allan served a tour of duty in Iraq with the Texas Army National Guard. His VDARE.COM articles are archived here; his Mexidata.info articles are archived here ; his News With Views columns are archived here; and his website is here.