The United States Southwest: A bandit's loot by means of theft and murder
Mexico gained its independence from Spain in 1821 after ending years of continual war against colonial imposition and crimes by the Spanish invaders. The war against Spain had left Mexico drained out which contributed to neglect its Northern territories known today as the United States "southwest." The original name of that land is Aztlan and Chicano descendants from the original inhabitants still use that name today.
While Mexico was at war with Spain, a large number of white colonists, cattleman, adventures, and mercenaries, were coming from other parts of North America that had been already invaded and occupied looking for land and gold they could find and obtain "by any means." These mercenaries fixed their eyes and interest in what is today "Texas," placed themselves in land plots, and later enlarged their population so that by 1835, there were more white foreigners than native Mexicans in the area. In 1836 the white foreigners occupied most of the territory by force, declared "independence" and called the stolen lands "republic of Texas." This bandit's act caused the war between Mexico and the Unites States for the first time until its end when the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed between the two countries on February 2, 1848. Mexico lost the land the whites called "Texas" but subsequently the rest of the Northern territories which eventually became part of the whole mass land known today as the "southwest."
The territories lost by Mexico are bigger than Germany and France combined and is considered to be among the riches in the world where an abundance of gold was found after the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed. The native Mexicans were forced to become US citizens or leave the area one year after the Treaty was signed. As a result of the invader's laws, thousands of native Mexicans left but the great majority stayed and was forced to become citizens. Throughout the development of the so-called "republic of Texas" the war against Mexicans was made of grave crimes. The well-known philosopher and historian Jose Vasconcelos wrote that one reason whites perpetrated horrible crimes against Mexicans, was because they believed in the concept known as "manifest destiny" which in practice meant to "kill all the Mexicans and take Mexico."
History has registered thousands of grotesque crimes against Mexicans in that part of the Native American Continent, but more outstanding for having similarities with the grave crimes by whites in Central and South America, are those related to the taken of men by force of arms out of their homes to be murdered, then the white killers would back to the homes and rape women and little girls, murder them, set the homes on fire, and kill all the animals. The historian Jose Vasconcelos also wrote that Mexicans used to refer to whites who committed the crimes as "drunken bandits, fornicators, devils vomited from hell, and monsters who defy the laws of nature; they are white men with dirty beards, ignorant, shameless, stinking, with their hats thrown towards the back, thirsty for the wish of stealing our lands and wealth, and for raping our beautiful young ladies." That reference is still valid today.
Sociologist Stan Steiner wrote a book entitled La Raza de Bronze in which he states that "the massacres throughout the 'Texas' border was truly incredible, as most whites had turned into cold blooded killers totally degenerate spreading terror all along the territory killing people only because they were Mexicans, calling them 'stupid greasers' before murdering them." The author also wrote in his book about a season called "Mexican hunting" in which the biggest and most incredible crimes were committed against Mexicans by white men, while no punishment was imposed on the killers for their crimes since a judge or jury would dare to condemn whites for murdering Mexicans. "In reading reports by authorities it feels as if there was indeed a season for real hunting along the border in those days," wrote the author.
According to other historians who specialize in "southwest" history, the violence against Mexicans had reached such crisis and proportions that the Secretary of State forced the Governor of the area to take severe measurements in order to protect local Mexicans from white violence in "Texas" and in other parts of the "southwest." It was generally known but not "officially" admitted that racism was embedded in the violence against Mexicans and as a result, Mexico refused to become a member of the League of Nations arguing that the written agreements did not provided with guarantees on racial equality between whites and Mexicans. The documents were declared to be racist. In an attempt to explain the criminal behaviour of whites against Mexicans, a Journalist named Manuel Ugarte wrote in the El Heraldo newspaper during May of 1900 the following:
"The irreconcilable opposition between the white and Mexican Communities is presented very vividly and obvious in the hard and indifferent white character; they are falsely arrogant, defy nature, seek to impose the mark of competition, individualism, and blind selfish ambition to possess; like Romans in times of triumph, they want to have as personal servants Chinese, Mexicans or Negroes to pick up the left over's from their banquets as payment for the work of sub-alternates." It is interesting to note that even though all of that relates to past history, nothing seems to have changed fundamentally if we look at the reality of Native America in general and the attitudes and actions of whites towards us. One historical fact related to the present political, social, and economic reality of Native American Raza en general, is that which Sociologist Frank Olmstead points out very accurately in his book entitled The Destiny of a Continent. In that book the author wrote about the great tragedy suffered by Mexicans during history and what could happen if an attempt was made to establish mutual harmony between whites and Mexicans. He wrote the following eloquent explanation of a reality:
"Between whites and Mexicans there is now and always will be an inevitable antagonism based purely on racial bias on the part of whites that will prevent any healthy human relations of personal character if both would seek to join. The vulgar white mix of hypocritical puritanism and bandolerism that distinguish their majority, does not adopt so that the two can associate in real harmony. The majority of white's think of Mexicans (Raza) and other Native Americans as being stupid, ignorant, effervescing, lazy, fanatics, greasers, and full of stupid passion for love. The whites also think of Mexicans and other Native Americans as idolatrous, manipulated by priests, and racially do not see or think of them as white. Consequently, as a result of the white’s state of mind, they treat Mexicans and other Native Americans with disrespect, insolence, and when they can, with injustice."
This description of the white mentality towards Mexicans and other Native Americans is not necessarily applicable only to the past. That sick mentality is still prevailing nowadays and is the root of most social problems imposed on all Natives Americans, regardless of nationality. Based on the white's problem related to their state of mind and attitudes towards La Raza/Native Americans in general, the social formation to which our people were subjected through crimes before and after the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed, is clearly the root of present day racism and other social ills affecting all of us, regardless of what part of the Native American Continent we were born.
The history in that part of the Native American Continent when in 1848 the North of Mexico became the "southwest" of the US gave an accumulation of racial, sentimental, political, and ideological elements that now form well-defined characteristics that should be manifested through transcending acts on behalf of the history of not only Mexico, but of Native America in general. The historical duty of all Native Americans (La Raza) is to recover the land stolen from us by whites through murder and theft for the purpose of creating and keeping this capitalist system at our expense.