QUOTES FROM MEDIA
ON THE WORDS
AND ACTIONS OF
THE MEXICA MOVEMENT
Last update September 4, 2008
CNN: Lou Dobbs Tonight
Mexica Movement puts the smackdown on Lou Dobbs in San Diego
CNN: Glen Beck Show
“We totally reject all illegal European colonial squatter occupation borders on our continent.”
Los Angeles Times
"We reject the right of Europeans to define who we are,"
“Latinos are people who came to invade, colonize. When we identify with the colonizer, we are immediately rejecting our own heritage, our own identity and our rights to our land.”
Fox News Live
“No one from Mexica Movement would speak with Fox News, calling us racists”
“It’s about the hiring practices of the Disney corporation and about Hollywood, which refuses to hire Mexicans in major Mexican roles.” Consider the leading players in La Bamba, Selena and Traffic, Tezcatlipoca said.
"If somebody steals your car, how much of it do you want back? Just the tires? The seats?" asks Olin Tezcatlipoca of the Los Angeles-based Mexica Movement.
The Mexica Movement fired off an e-mail on March 13 explaining that Disney had "confirmed that it has signed Antonio Banderas (a Spaniard, a European) to put on brown makeup in order to play Emiliano Zapata." The makeup reference is significant because the group claims Zapata was "himself a full-blooded Nahuatl-speaking Indigenous [capital "I" in original] person."
LA Daily News
The Mexica Movement is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization, well-organized and omnipresent with the slickest signs and literature at rallies, that calls Latinos who protest illegal immigration "self haters," traitors and more: "The only rational comparison would be to the numerous Jewish Nazis who worked for Hitler and somehow rationalized sending their own brothers and sisters to concentration camps, and in some cases personally firing the ovens," as written on the Mexica Web site's report of a December 2005 protest. After all, "individualism is treason," notes their philosophy statement.
Manuel Alderete of the Mexica Movement feels a profound sense of grief and anger that has not diminished with time. “Even though it happened 500 years ago we’re still living the legacy of plundering and thieving and lying. We are in a state of resistance. And we will continue the struggle as long as necessary.”
Silicon Valley Metroactive
"It's not just an issue of undocumented workers; it's an issue of racism," insists Tezcatlipoca. "There's a history of crimes that Europeans have been committing that stretches back to their invasion of this continent. For Europeans to call us 'illegal,' there's something that's criminal about that." Tezcatlipoca jokes that he could support rounding up all the illegal immigrants, as long as the date of entry is moved back to 1492. But speaking seriously, he thinks that the differences between Europeans and the Western Hemisphere's indigenous people will only be solved in the long-term.
"We have no control over the wealth of our continent; we're considered criminals on our own continent," he says. "We have to have an education that considers not the past 500 years, but the 50,000 years we've been on this continent. Once our people and the Europeans know the reality of that history, then we can start talking. Right now, all of the cards—all the history—are not on the table."
KABC DOUG MACINTYRE SHOW
Long sneak interview of Mexica Movement director. This interview was done under false pretense. They didn't say it was for the racist Doug MacIntyre Show. Still it was a good interview. Surprise that he didn't interupt the interview.
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