Billingsley, K. L. (Fall 1994)
"Was There Ever an Aztlan?"
"For syndicated columnist Raoul Contreras of San Diego, 'there never was a country called Aztlan and never will be.'
Mr. Contreras, who prefers the designation Mexican-American, argues that the Aztecs never lived in what is now the Southwest and, since they originally came from Asia, 'their mystical homeland is somewhere in Siberia.'
Many historians also note that the Aztec empire mostly encompassed the area that is now southern Mexico and did not extend into the region claimed by MEChA as Aztlan.
Mr. Contreras argues that MEChA promotes 'class warfare' and is composed of 'children of the peasant class who don't see themselves ever being middle class.' He's 'glad people are getting together' and says MEChA makes 'substantial points, but they make themselves look foolish when they rehash something that is now almost 150 years old.'
'I never hear them complaining about all of Central America breaking off from Mexico. It all depends who is doing the stealing.'"
Harris, Samantha (2/25/2010)
"Double Standards at UCSD"
"Anyone following the current free-speech controversy at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) should be aware of the university's response to another situation that arose at UCSD back in 1995.
In March of 1995, a U.S. Border Patrol agent named Luis Santiago was killed in the line of duty. In May of that same year, the UCSD student publication Voz Fronteriza published an article entitled "Death of a Migra Pig," celebrating Santiago's death and calling for the deaths of additional border patrol agents: "We're glad this pig died, he deserved to die ... As far as we care all the Migra pigs should be killed, every single one ... It is time to organize an anti-Migra patrol ...." Public outrage ensued over what many referred to as "hate speech"; Congressman Duncan L. Hunter (now retired) called for an investigation of the incident and threatened to pursue legislation that would eliminate federal funding for UCSD."
Huicochea, Alexis (10/24/13)
"TUSD's Revised Book Policy Draws State Concern"
"The approval for use of seven books previously removed from Tucson Unified School District classrooms is raising red flags in the Arizona Department of Education.
The books, which were adopted as supplemental materials Tuesday on a 3-2 vote by the TUSD Governing Board, will now be used in English, American history and world history classes at the middle and high school levels.
“Given the prior misuse of the approved texts in TUSD classrooms, the Arizona Department of Education is concerned whether the Governing Board’s actions indicate an attempt to return to practices found to have violated Arizona’s statutes in 2011,” a statement released to the Arizona Daily Star said. “It is the department’s intent to monitor how such materials are used as well as all classroom instruction and to take appropriate corrective action if the district is once again violating the law.”
Hull, Diana (Summer 1999)
"La Raza - Chicano Activism in California"
"Art Torres, state chair of the California Democratic Committee, assured the audience that the much-hated Proposition 187, limiting government benefits to illegal aliens, was the "last gasp of white America," and Herman Baca, founder of the Committee on Chicano Rights, said that "we are going to win - and take our rightful place as owners of this land."
The land he was talking about includes California, the Southwest, and the western United States as far north as Oregon and Washington - all of it claimed by the make-believe state of Aztlan whose reclaiming serves as a rallying cry for the irredentist movement, and a justification for the continuing northward migration and the illegitimacy of the U.S. border with Mexico."
Norwood, Charles (4/7/06)
"Exclusive: The Truth About 'La Raza'"
"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.”
Owens, Eric (10/26/13)
"Tucson School District Just Can't Quit Racist Curriculum"
"The Tucson Independent School District just can’t quit teaching racism.
In 2010, the state of Arizona passed a law aimed squarely against coursework endorsing the overthrow of the United States government and stoking resentment toward races or classes of people. In a lawsuit concerning that law, at least two federal judges specifically ruled that Tucson school district’s Mexican-American studies program promoted “racial resentment against ‘Whites.’”
Now, Tucson’s school board has voted to bring back the very books that teachers used in the judicially smacked-down Mexican-American studies program, reports the Arizona Daily Star."