Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Interesting article in The Funny Paper today about the efforts to engage Hispanic students at Centennial High School.

The pathetic dropout rate and achievement levels of Hispanic kids in Oregon has been well documented, and Centennial is trying to figure out ways to get these kids engaged, both socially and academically.

The good news is that an increasing number of Centennial Hispanic kids seem to be engaging, according to the article. If Hispanics are this century’s immigrant story, like the Irish and Germans of the 20th century, it is essential that they assimilate into our culture, and become Americans in both thought and deed.

But guess what? The article explains that the primary motivating factor and social organizing point for these kids is the MEChA Club, whose membership has tripled, making it the second largest student club at the school.

What’s wrong with that? Far from encouraging assimilation, the ideology around which MEChA was formed in 1969, which is has quite unconvincingly distanced itself from nowadays, is overtly racist, separatist, and anti-American.

Quoting “FrontPage Magazine:”

MEChA is an acronym for "Movimiento Estudiantíl Chicano de Aztlán" - Chicano Student Movement of Aztlan. The goal of Aztlan is the secession of the Southwest U.S.A., which it calls Aztlan. The MEChA Constitution clearly calls for "the struggle for the self-determination of the Chicano people for the purpose of liberating Aztlán".

Another key document , "El Plan de Aztlan", states that "Aztlan belongs to those who plant the seeds, water the fields, and gather the crops and not to the foreign Europeans. We do not recognize capricious frontiers on the bronze continent....We declare the independence of our mestizo nation...Nationalism as the key to organization transcends all religious, political, class, and economic factions or boundaries.

Nationalism is the common denominator that all members of La Raza agree upon." The MEChA slogan "Por La Raza todo. Fuera de La Raza nada" (Everything for the Race - Nothing oustside the Race) -what is that if not racism? According to Miguel Perez , mechista of Cal State Northridge, "The ultimate ideology is the liberation of Aztlan....Non-Chicanos would have to be expelled....opposition groups would have to be quashed because you have to keep the power." "National revolution" was the theme for the 1997 MEChA conference, which called for becoming " a nation within a nation with a national plan of action as new soldiers in our struggle for national independence and an emerging XICANO nation."

Simply judging from its own documents and statements, MEChA is a racist, anti-American separatist hate group, and actually shares much in common with such groups as Aryan Nations, and the White Aryan Resistance, another California-based organization."

The Funny Paper article somehow neglected to so much as breathe a whisper of this information, oddly enough. I wonder if a bunch of rural white kids were re-energized by school due to a growing membership in a White Aryan Nation club, The Funny Paper would studiously avoid mentioning the club’s ideology?


Anonymous said...

Assimilation is huge, and it is key. The Euros did it a hundred years ago, by learning the language and also keeping their own, if so desired. The Hispanics are not; and that will hurt them in the long run.

I attended the OSBA conf last year, where the Woodburn SD presented how they were dealing with their large hispanic student population. It was very sad.

The Woodburn SD provided the possibility for ESL Hispanic student to learn all topics in their native language. Math taught in Spanish, Art in Spanish. English in Spanish, Science in Spanish.

I asked the lady if these Hispanics could graduate from WSD without learning English, and she said yes! Get a US High School Diploma without learning English.

Qualified for all those new economy jobs of the new century, no doubt. This sad Woodburn Administrator actually thought that she was doing these illiterate Hispanics a favor.

Mick said...

Although I can't speak for the Oregonian, I would bet that they are unlikely to quote a biased (and some say bigoted) organization like FrontPage Magazine about a Hispanic group.

Rob Kremer said...

Mick -
First, can you provide a single example of anything FrontPage has written that is bigoted?

Second - logical fallacy: ad-hominem. Refuse to address the substance of the point, instead attack the source.

Either MEChA is or is not a racist, separatist, anti-American organization. Their founding documents either do or do not say what FrontPage says they do.

Why not address that?

Anonymous said...

Ad hominem? You do it all the time, Rob. From "Funny Paper" to "proven liar" to "idiotic" to assorted epithets you apply to people with whom you disagree. It's your blog and that's your right, but it seems a tad inconsistent to call a commenter on it.

Anonymous said...

In order to be an "ad hominem" attack, it has to be untrue. Calling someone "idiotic" who is an idiot, or calling someone who is a "proven liar" a liar is hardly "ad hominem."

Pete said...


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Anonymous said...

You are mistaken, anon 05,4:36. Accuracy, which would be subjective in the cases you cite anyway, is not a measure of whether an attack is "ad hominem."

ad hominem - (Latin) literally “to the man”; if two political candidates come together to debate an issue, but one of the two attacks his opponent instead of discussing the problem, that is described as an ad hominem attack; the focus of the speech would be on the person rather than on the topic at hand.