WASHINGTONWhile debates about guest-worker programs for illegal aliens take place in the corridors of power, in the streets of Americas big cities no amnesty is being offered by activists calling for the expulsion of most U.S. citizens from their own country.
While politicians debate the fate of some 12 million people residing in the U.S. illegally, the Mexica Movement, one of the organizers of the mass protest in Los Angeles this week, has already decided it is the non-indigenous, white, English-speaking U.S. citizens of European descent who have to leave what they call our continent.
- This is our continent, not yours! exclaimed one banner.
- We are indigenous! The only owners of this continent! said another.
- If you think Im illegal because Im a Mexican, learn the true history, because Im in my homeland, read another sign.
One of the more negative parts of the march was when American flags were passed out to make sure the marchers were looked on as part of America, said the groups commentary on the L.A. rally.
Both Rep. James Sensebrenner, R-Wis., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and a proponent of tougher border security, and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger were caricatured as Nazis by the group on its posters and banners.
The group insists the indigenous people of the continent were the victims of genocidea campaign of extermination that killed, according to one citation, 95 percent of their population, or 33 million people. Another citation on the same website claims the toll was 70 million to 100 million.
The only solution, says the Mexica Movement, is to expel the invaders of the last 500 years, force them to pay reparations and return the continent to its rightful heirs.
Few things make liberals more uncomfortable than being confronted with the racism of politically correct minorities.
Two weeks ago, I wrote about Autum Ashante, the precocious 7-year-old black nationalist poet, who said white people are devils and they should be gone. If this daughter of a Nation of Islam activist father had instead been an Aryan supremacist child of a Klan activist, shed still be all over the network news and pages of pop culture magazines (as a pair of white nationalist teen pop singers, Lamb and Lynx Gaede, have been since last fall). But with rare exceptions, nobody wanted to touch Autums spoon-fed hatred with a 10-foot-pole. That would be, you know, intolerant. We have to respect diversity.
Well, this weekend, militant racism from another protected minority group was on full display. But you wouldnt know it from press accounts that whitewashed or buried the protesters virulent anti-American hatred.
An estimated 500,000 to 2 million people, untold numbers of them here illegally, took to the streets of Los Angeles to protest strict immigration enforcement and demand blanket amnesty for border violators, visa overstayers, deportation fugitives, immigration document fraud artists and other lawbreakers. Mexican flags and signs advocating ethnic separatism and supremacy filled the landscape. Demonstrators gleefully defaced posters of President Bush and urged supporters to Stop the Nazis! Los Angeles talk-show host Tammy Bruce reported that protesters burned American flags and waved placards of the North American continent with America crossed out.
Bet you didnt see that on television.
One of the largest, boldest banners visible from aerial shots of the rally read: THIS IS STOLEN LAND. Others blared: CHICANO POWER and BROWN IS BEAUTIFUL. (Can you imagine the uproar if someone had come to the rally holding up a sign reading WHITE IS BEAUTIFUL?) Thugs with masked faces flashed gang signs on the steps of L.A.s City Hall. Students walked out of classrooms all across Southern California chanting, Latinos, stand up! Young people raised their fists in defiance, clothed in T-shirts bearing radical leftist guerrilla Che Guevaras face and Aztlan emblems.
Aztlan is a long-held notion among Mexicos intellectual elite and political class, which asserts that the American Southwest rightly belongs to Mexico. Advocates believe the reclamation (or reconquista) of Aztlan will occur through sheer demographic force. If the rallies across the country are any indication, reconquista is already complete.
Lest you think these ideas are moldy-oldy 1960s leftovers that no one subscribes to today, listen to Sandra Molina, 16, a junior from L.A.s Downtown Magnet High School, who complained to the supportive Los Angeles Times: This is unjust. This land used to belong to us and now theyre trying to kick us out.