MECHA calls California and the rest of the American Southwest "Aztlan" and says it needs to be "liberated" and revert to Mexico. The group's motto is "For the race, everything; for those outside the race, nothing."
"The students who are MECHA today are just like the students when I was there," Mr. Bustamante said yesterday. "Pretty much, they are trying to get an education. Most of the friends I went to school with are now either graduates from college or raising families."
At a July 4 celebration in 1996, members of the group, who call themselves Mechistas, attacked black and white Americans protesting illegal immigration. In 1993, Mechista protesters caused $500,000 worth of damage at UCLA to demand a Chicano studies department. MECHA has also been associated with anti-Semitic groups, such as the Nation of Aztlan.
Setting aside the scariness of having a California governor who thinks the state needs to be returned to Mexico, this is deeply troubling.
"For the race, everything; for those outside the race, nothing"?
Remember the firestorm when Lott gave the thumbs-up to Thurmond who endorsed segregation decades ago? The media raked him over the coals. Here, Bustamenta is endorsing a group that has an openly racist motto, and has an open agenda of compromising US territory.Why the virtual silence on this issue?
Many of the sources that *are* covering the story have completely whitewashed the issue:
^ Off the AP wire, and is often the only coverage of this issue from an entire newssource.
And here's an editorial about the media coverage:
I tried to find some left-wing sources on the issue for balance, but aside from the phrase from the AP wire above, I can't find any.
I'm not sure if this is a legitimate story that's being buried, or if it's just right-wing whining. I'd really like some other viewpoints on this...
Edited by Javert Rovinski, 29 August 2003 - 01:18 PM.