The real MeChA

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on March 9, 2002

If there's one thing I can't stand it's a hatemongers. I can't stand the Ku Klux Klan. I can't stand Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam.

But there is one thing that's nice to know -- there are racists of every race, color and creed. To whites and blacks, you can now add Latinos, Hispanics, Chicanos or whatever they want to be called that particular week. Add to the KKK, Aryan Nation, the Nation of Islam and the New Black Panther Party -- MeChA

As first reported on the Wall Street Journal's "Best of the Web Today," an article at MeChA's news Web site, "La Voz de Aztlan," contains what can only be called an anti-white, anti-Semitic rant.

The article is a response to the break-in and theft of approximately 3,000 copies of The Patriot, a paper published by conservative students at Cal Berkeley. MeChA was implicated in the theft, because there was an article in the Cal Patriot that criticized a flyer that had been distributed by MeChA which referred to whites as "gringos" and urged the overthrow of the government.

When I was a student at Cal Poly SLO, one of the editions of the Mustang Daily was stolen. An individual followed the guys who were distributing the paper around campus and stole the newspapers as they were dropped off in the racks. It didn't take much to figure out who the perpetrator was. The only article in the paper that was in any way controversial in that day's paper was a news story about a Cal Poly student who'd been convicted of being a Peeping Tom. He'd called the editor several times to beg him not to publish the story, to no avail.

So, it doesn't take any real detective work in this case to figure out what group was responsible.

Ever since I was in college I thought that MeChA was one of numerous organizations on campus that simply promoted their cultural heritage. I was invited to join the Japanese friendship club my freshman year at Cal Poly. [Hoy is of Scotch-Irish origin, not Japanese -ed.] I'm not at all opposed to these groups, I like to watch the Highland games when they show them on ESPN. I'm amazed by the caber toss.

Unfortunately, MeChA is not a group that promotes cultural heritage. It is a racist, separatist group. Throughout the article, California is referred to as Alta California.

From the Stanford MeChA Web site:

Proceeding the Santa Barbara conference in 1969, at Denver, Colorado was the National Chicano Youth Conference that drafted the basic premises for the Chicano and Chicana Movement in El Plan Espiritual de Aztl�n (EPEDA). A synopsis of El Plan stipulates: 1) We are Chicanos and Chicanas of Aztl�n reclaiming the land of out birth (Chicano and Chicana Nation); 2) Aztl�n belongs to indigenous people, who are sovereign and not subject to a foreign culture; 3) We are a union of free pueblos forming a bronze nation; 4) Chicano and Chicana nationalism, as the key in mobilization and organization, is the common denominator to bring consensus to the Chicano and Chicana Movement. 5) Cultural values strengthen our identity as La Familia de La Raza; and 6) EPEDA, as a basic plan of Chicano and Chicana liberation, sought the formation of an independent national political party that would represent the sentiments of the Chicano and Chicana community.

Aztl�n in MeChA terminology is the Southwestern United States. Especially note points 2-4 in the above text and compare them to some of the platform items of the New Black Panther Party.

1. We want freedom. We want power to determine the destiny of our Black Community.

10. We want land, bread, housing, education, clothing, justice and peace. And as our major political objective, a United Nations-supervised plebiscite to be held throughout the black colony in which only black colonial subjects will be allowed to participate for the purpose of determining the will of black people as to their national destiny.

And compare both of those to this little Q&A on "White Nationalism" from a white racist group:

Q. What is White Nationalism?

A. The idea that Whites may need to create a separate nation as a means of defending themselves.

Q. Do White Nationalists feel they are superior to other races?

A. No. The desire of White Nationalists to form their own nation has nothing to do with superiority or inferiority.

Q. Do White Nationalists seek to dominate other races?

A. Not at all. In fact, formation of a White nation removes any possibility of White dominance of other races, as well as the plausibility of the accusation that Whites wish to dominate others.

After searching through all of the white hate sites for that little quote, I'm disgusted, and I didn't even click on some of the more outrageous and vile links. I feel more strongly about the white racist Web sites because those hit closest to home. Those people look like me, even though we could not be more different.

The postings on the MeChA Web site anger and disgust me too, but not in the same way.

As the largest segment of the Alta California population, we are not going to stand by while our university and colleges students are unjustly attacked by Jewish/White racist students. We will hold campus administrators ultimately responsible. Our collective community consisting of countless Mexican-American educators and families have worked very hard, starting at kindergarten, to open the doors of the institutions of higher learning. We will not allow a small group of morons and bigots at our universities to deny equal educational opportunity for our students.

Morons and bigots? Look in the mirror MeChA, you'll find plenty of them.


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