Ethno-Nationalists Against Jeff Sessions

Alex Mayfield, Frontpage Mag, January 24, 2017

The National Council for La Raza has been at the forefront of the campaign against Senator Jeff Sessions as well as President Trump’s promise to enforce our immigration laws honestly and equally. Last weekend, the group arranged a march with Rev. Sharpton to protest the Sessions appointment. It has also organized news conferences on the issue, published an anti-Sessions attack on its homepage, are actively promoting the Twitter initiative #StopSessions, and had this to say about the senator in a recent email to its members: “[H]ow can we trust someone with ties to extremist anti-immigrant groups to oversee the lives of immigrants and the Latino community?” His views are “diametrically opposed to those of the Latino community . . . Tell your senators to protect and defend the rights of all Americans by opposing the confirmation of Sen. Sessions. Adelante.”

The organization’s attack against racial politics and ethnocentrism may leave some scratching their heads given the group’s own forceful ethno-nationalist mandate and long-time racialist ties to anti-white racist UT-Arlington professor Jose Angel Gutierrez. Before becoming a teacher, Gutierrez created a string of extremist ethno-nationalist organizations, including La Raza Unida (“The United Race”), a political party based in Texas, and the beret-and-combat-boot-wearing Mexican American Youth Organization (MAYO). He was also a key player in the Brown Berets, a paramilitary organization also from the late sixties that’s recently had a resurgence following its alliance with Black Lives Matter.

Notably, La Raza’s gone out of its way to separate the group from Gutierrez. As it states on its website, Gutierrez “never had any connection to NCLR.” A modest amount of investigative research, however, does indeed show not only does La Raza have connections with Gutierrez, those connections are substantial. The following quotes, taken from throughout the man’s career starting in the late sixties as a key figure in the “Chicano Rights” movement, show why La Raza’s perhaps now wised up to create distance between the two:

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  • We have got to eliminate the gringo, and what I mean by that is if the worst comes to the worst, we have got to kill him. (Source).
  • We are millions . . . we just have to survive . . . we have an aging white America . . . they are not making babies . . . they are dying . . . it’s a matter of time . . . the explosion is in our population. (Source).
  • Our devil has pale skin and blue eyes (Source).
  • Is it the duty of every good revolutionary to kill every newborn White baby? (Source).
  • It’s too late for the Gringo to make amends. Violence has got to come (Source).
  • We realize that the effects of cultural genocide takes many forms—some Mexicanos will become psychologically castrated, others will become demagogues and gringos as well and others will come together, resist and eliminate the gringo. We will be the latter (Source).
  • We are the future of America. Unlike any prior generation, we now have the critical mass. We’re going to Latinize this country (Source).
  • See recent picture of Gutierrez here holding signs reading 1st Illegal Alien in US: Pilgrim and 1st Illegal Alien in Texas: Sam Houston, Davey Crocket, Sam Bowie, etc.

Around the time Gutierrez made the above “aging white America” quote, La Raza, which again states emphatically it “never had any connection” to him, presented the man with its “Chicano Hero Award”, a reward for his apparent ‘service’ to the Hispanic community.

When La Raza presented its award, the organization was led by Raul Yzaguirre. Yzaguirre’s been described as a “close friend” of Gutierrez. Yzaguirre’s also shared platforms with the man, having appeared with him in a book called Chicano! and having lectured with him at activist meetings—Yzaguirre, it should be added, has compared organizations that push for the establishment of English as the official working language of government as the Ku Klu Klan.

Other ties between Gutierrez and La Raza are manifold. Gutierrez once worked for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, a La Raza “sister organization” according to the latter’s website. {snip}

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As La Raza (originally called the Southwest Council of La Raza) mentions on its website, three of the group’s founders: Julian Samora, Ernesto Galarza, and Herman Gallegos. Not mentioned is Maclovio Barraza who appears to have been another, or perhaps the original, founder. Barraza has been called an “inspiration and mentor” to a Gutierrez’s United Race party. According to author Armando Navarro:

The Southwest Council of La Raza and its leadership were helpful in strengthening the [Chicano Movement]’s various struggles for change in Arizona. Its founder and leader, Maclovio Barraza, who was known for his progressive politics, contributed greatly to the growing activism among Mexicanos there. In addition, he was an inspiration and mentor to Salomon Baldenegro, who became Arizona’s main CM leader and the founder of [United Race] in Arizona. For several years, Baldenegro accompanied Barraza to speeches he gave at demonstrations and to other forms of political activity.

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In 1968, La Raza funded another organization created by Gutierrez: the Mexican American Unity Council (MAUC). La Raza apparently is still affiliated with the Gutierrez-created group. MAUC also received funds from the Ford Foundation. When it also helped fund Gutierrez’s other organization, MAYO, it was denounced by Rep. Henry B. Gonzalez (D-TX).

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With such a well-connected and well-financed organization like La Raza having such ties to a deeply anti-American and anti-White individual, like Gutierrez, one has to ask, what if a conservative organization such as Heritage Foundation ever gave an award or funding to a member from the American Nazi Party? After all, La Raza’s influence on national politics cannot be overstated; not one, but two, senior La Raza officials received top White House advisor appointments during the Obama Administration: Cecilia Munoz and Felicia Escobar. How is it that the media was silent on these appointments, yet so willing to cover criticism for President Trump’s appointment of Steve Bannon. It’s about time the public begin demanding consistency from the mainstream media and the Democratic Party when they legitimize and promote ethnocentric extremist organizations, like La Raza.

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