Protest at the Laemmle's Theater in West Los Angeles
NOTICE TO SALMA HAYEK
This self-hating "Mexican" is a traitor and a dishonor to our people, and to
Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Alfaro Siqueiros
WE HAVE ALREADY PICKETED SALMA AT HER PREVIEW OF THIS RACIST NONSENSE OF "FRIDA" ON OCTOBER 5, 2002 AT THE EGYPTIAN THEATER IN HOLLYWOOD AND THE OPENING AT LAEMMLE'S THEATER IN WEST LOS ANGELES ON OCTOBER 25, AND 26, 2002. WE ASK EVERYONE TO CONTINUE TO BOYCOTT SALMA HAYEK UNTIL SHE APOLOGIZES TO OUR PEOPLE FOR HER RACISM.
"This movie should be played by a Mexican. I want to tell this story about my country and my people."
Hayek demanded when there were two rival FRIDA films being proposed by non-Mexicans Madonna and Jennifer Lopez. But when she finally gets to produce the only Frida film herself, she refuses to hire Mexicans for the lead roles. This film is an insult to the 30 Million plus Mexican community of the "United States" and the one hundred million Mexicans of Mexico. Salma hired two Europeans for the FRIDA film to play two of the most Mexican of Mexican historical figures: Rivera and Siqueiros. Diego Rivera is being played by Alfredo Molina, a European of Spaniard and Italian parents, born in England. David Alfaro Siqueiros is being played by Antonio Banderas, A Spaniard European who has made a career out of playing Mexicans in Hollywood. DESPERADO and ZORRO, and a failed attempt to play in a proposed ZAPATA film, a film on our great hero and national icon Emiliano Zapata. This last project was killed due to our organization's picketing of Disneyland and Disney products for over a year.
It is sad for our community that we have been denied the opportunity to develop talent for the film and television industry. It is also sad for Hollywood that they have discriminated against Mexicans in general. This is the 2002 and they still refuse to hire Mexicans to play Mexicans. This is beyond racism. It is absurd. Yes, we know that there are some exceptions. But those exceptions make up less than 3% of the Mexican role that our community could have had. This is why we say "shame on you Salma Hayek!"
This in reality is all about Hollywood racism and discrimination against Mexicans. Salma Hayek has now joined in that criminal activity. Salma has also, subtly, distanced herself from here Mexican heritage by focusing on her "Arab" father and "Spanish" mother, thus negating any Mexican heritage in her. She has done this to give out the message that she is more European than Mexican (Indigenous). We can only guess that this means that Salma Hayek is not really Mexican.
To give you a better context to this problem we will present to you a short list of television and film productions that were about Mexican descent characters, but had no actors of Mexican descent playing those role:
LA BAMBA (Lou Diamond Philips and Esai Morales are not of Mexican descent);
TRAFFIC (Puerto Ricans);
SELENA (Jennifer Lopez is Puerto Rican);
ALL THE PRETTY HORSES (Penelope Cruz, a Spaniard);
MI FAMILIA (Mostly Puerto Ricans);
RESURRECTION BLVD. (no Mexicans at all in the top leads);
AMERICAN FAMILY (Brazilians, Cubans, Puerto Ricans, a Bolivian and a self Proclaimed human being, but no Mexicans).
When is our community going to be able to write, produce, direct, or star in films about our people, when Spaniards, Puerto Ricans, Brazilians and Cubans and everyone else is playing Mexicans? Those communities are exploiting our culture and history. They are enriching there own communities ( Cuban,Spaniard, and Puerto Rican) with the wealth and acclaim, that should have gone to our community.
We know most of us don't recognize the ridiculous Puerto Rican accent on a supposed norteño Mexican in TRAFFIC. The same problem exists for the Spaniard accent of Antonio Banderas in all of the films were he played a Mexican. This nonsense is like passing off Flamenco dancing as Mexican dancing, or Chinese egg rolls as Mexican burritos. If you are an ignorant Kansas European-American it does not matter.
There is racism in this. This is the same racism that forces the Hispanic and Latino labels on our Mexican and "Central American" community as a way to destroy our identity and history. Though this racist nonsense a Spaniard is the same as a Mexican Mayan or a Brazilian is the same as a Chicano from East LA. In a lot of ways this is way beyond just racist. It is genocide: the willful destruction of our community's identity, heritage, and ecenomic sustanance.
These racist hiring practices are the case in 95% - 100% of the projects that are about Mexican culture or history. Is Hollywood ever going to grow out of racism? We are not asking to play Vikings or Malcolm X. What we are asking is that all roles of Mexicans be played by Mexicans.
A closing note to Salma Hayek: This is all about your career nothing about the Mexican people. We do not want you to play anymore Mexican roles! You have insulted our people, and betrayed whatever may have once existed in you that was Mexican.
WE DEMAND THAT HOLLYWOOD SHOW RESPECT FOR OUR PEOPLE--- AND OUR INDIGENOUS HERITAGE AND IDENTITY.
Last updated August 24, 2005
FACTS Y O U S H O U L D K N O W !
MEXICAMexica (Meh-shee-kah) is the original Nahuatl (the so-called Aztec language) way of pronouncing Mexican, Mexicano, and Chicano and Chicana. The Mexica was the last of our great Anahuac civilizations (1325 to 1521). Mexica is the only one of our cultures and civilizations which has enough surviving material from which we can reconstruct our Anahuac nation. The Mexica were victims of an ethnocide that left no one today who can authentically call themselves Mexica, much like in Italy there is no one who can authentically call themselves Roman. Therefore, the rest of us who have lost all of our civilization identity and culture or tribal identity and culture, and even those of us who have a civilization or tribal identity, can and should embrace Mexica identity as a collective identity for all of us that we use in order to reconstruct our Anahuac nation and as a means of Liberation. Mexica does not negate Maya or Huichol or Comanche or Shoshone or any of our other Nican Tlaca (Indigenous) civilizations or cultures. Mexica is our point of unity and our means of reconstructing all of our nation.
ANAHUACAnahuac (Ah-nah-wak) is the true name of our nation. We are all part of the Anahuac civilization that gave us the Olmeca, Zapoteca, Teotihuacan-Toltec, Maya and Mexica civilizations. The Mexica part of our Anahuac heritage is how we can reconstruct ourselves as a Nican Tlaca (Indigenous) nation, as the Anahuac Nation. We have historic, cultural, linguistic, and racial factors that make us one Anahuac nation, which includes all of our civilizations and cultures. The Mexica heritage gives us a history, language, theology, and study base from which we can rebuild all of our Anahuac heritage. We are a beautiful mosaic of civilizations and cultures throughout this whole continent that Europeans call "America". But this is not "America", this is Anahuac.
NICAN TLACANican Tlaca is our Nahuatl (Mexica) language way of saying "We the people here", in reference to all of us who are Indigenous to Cemanahuac (what Europeans call "the Western Hemisphere") and more specific to Anahuac which is the northern part of Cemanahuac (which is falsely called "North America"). Nican Tlaca refers to all of the people of our race in the "Western Hemisphere". We are not Indians or indios because those are the people of a nation called India. We are also not "Native American" because we are not related to Amerigo Vespucci, nor do we accept the concept of "Native" because it is always used in a derogatory manner. Notice how there are no "Native" Europeans.
NOT MESTIZO Mestizo is a racist term imposed on us by the Europeans. Mestizo (Mixed-blood)as an identity denies us our full humanity, it enslaves us to the European world. Full-blood or Mixed-blood we are still Nican Tlaca. Being Mixed-blood (so-called Mestizo) does not stop us from being Nican Tlaca, no matter how "white" one looks. The shades and physical looks of our Mixed-blood people are just scars from the rape of our nation. The scars do not define us! Our history, our heritage, and our continent ARE what defines us.
"CENTRAL AMERICA" "Central America" was artificially created in 1823. Before that date we were all part of Anahuac. Anahuac includes Mexico, "Central America", Canada and the so-called U.S. We are not "Central Americans", therefore we use that term it quotes to reject it; while at the same time we know that most of our people are ignorant to its racist and colonial terms and that is the only way that they will know what we are talking about. Much like us using the English or Spanish language, we use them in order to communicate with our people but we know that they are not our languages. If we wrote the whole website just in Nahuatl or Maya the majority of our people would not understand a word of our website.
NOT HISPANICHispanics are the Spaniards, the people of Spain. We are not Spaniards! We are Mexica! We are the people of Anahuac. We are the Nican Tlaca (Indigenous people) of this continent, the true owners of this continent. We are not Spaniards or the property of Spain. Calling ourselves "Hispanic" denies us our true Nican Tlaca Anahuac identity, history and heritage. It enslaves us to the interests of the "Spanish" white world. Calling our people Hispanic is racist. Calling our people Hispanic is like calling the African descent people in the U.S. Britannic because they have British names and because they speak English.
NOT LATINOLatinos are the Latins: Southern Europeans--the Spaniards, French, and Portuguese. Calling ourselves "Latino" makes us cultural slaves of Europeans. Like Hispanic, Latino is cultural suicide. It is cultural genocide. It betrays our true Nican Tlaca ancestors.
NOT RAZA "Raza" is not an identity. "Raza" is basically the same thing as using the Eurocentric term "Mestizo"--it takes pride in Spanish blood (what little or nothing that we may have) and puts shame in our Nican Tlaca blood and culture. Calling ourselves "Raza" is a way of saying, "I'm not an 'Indio', I have some, mostly, Spanish blood". In Mexico "Dia de la Raza" is celebrated on October 12---Columbus Day. Imagine that! We are celebrating the rape of our mothers, the rape of our nation, the enslavement of our people.
EUROPEAN, WHITE AND CRIOLLOare basically the same thing. These are "White" people who are on our continent. Europeans can call themselves "Canadian" or "American" but their homeland is still Europe and they are still trespassing on our continent. A Criollo is someone of "authentic Spanish-European" descent who is still on our land exploiting our people, our resources and our wealth. GENOCIDE as defined by Raphael Lemkin, "...is the planned annihilation [killing] of a national [Mexican] or racial group by a variety of actions [biological warfare, oppression, enslavement] aimed at undermining the foundations essential to the survival of the group [Nican Tlaca of Anahuac] as a group.
MEXICA MOVEMENTis leading the way with actions that defend our people, actions that provide a vision for the liberation of our people, actions that confront the racism against us and the occupation of our continent by Europeans. We declare ourselves independent from the Hispanic-Latino European colonialism and racism that has enslaved us for over 500 years.
THINGS YOU SHOULD DO!
1) Study this document and go to our website for more information: www.mexica-movement.org
2) Read the recommended books listed below under BIBLIOGRAPHY.
3) If you can't get your books from your local library buy them from the powells.com
4) Share your knowledge! Make good quality copies of this material and pass it on.
5) Study the materials and the website. If you live in the Los Angeles area call us at (323) 981-0352 so you can visit us, join us in activities, or to become a supporter. You can also donate money to support our movement (we are a non-profit organization).
6) Once you understand our philosophy, and you have found the courage to change your life, become a part of the Mexica Movement.
(Read in this order, please)
1Daily Life of the Aztecs by Jacques Soustelle
2Mexico by Michael Coe
3Mexico Profundo by Guillermo Bonfil Batalla
4American Holocaust by David E. Stannard
5Anahuac Book by Olin Tezcatlipoca
6Year 501 by Noam Chomsky
7Colonizer's Model of the World by J.M. Blaut
8Mexica Handbook by Olin Tezcatlipoca
9Mexico?s Indigenous Past by Lopez Austin and Lopez Lujan
10American Indian Contributions to the World by Emory Dean Keoke & Kay Marie Porterfield
CHRONOLOGY AND OTHER REFERENCES:
10Latin America: From Colonization To Globalization by Noam Chomsky
11Encyclopedia of World History 6th Edition by Peter Stam
12Oxford Atlas of History 2002 by Oxford Press
13Course of Mexican History by Michael C. Meyer and William L. Sherman
14Oxford History of Mexico 2000 by Michael Meyer and William Beezley
15In the Language of Kings by Miguel Leon-Portilla
16Skywatchers by Anthony F. Aveni
17Flayed God (out of print) by Roberta and Peter Markman