Top Ten List in Defense of MEChA

Ten. By attacking MEChA, the anti-MEChistas play into the hands of the enemy’s effective strategy: divide and conquer.

Nine.   The term “Chicano,” which has evolved over time to “Chicana/o” and “Chicanx,” originated from the basic fact that the so-called Mexican American of the 1950s and 1960s was never “Mexican enough” to be fully accepted in el surnor “American enough” to be fully accepted in el norte. Thus, this powerful and political name arose as a means of self-determination for those seeking their own identity and voice in el norte. How, then, can this be exclusionary or racist?

Eight. The notion that MEChistas are anti-black is ahistorical and absurd. MEChistas have

historically defended the rights of African Americans, from the civil rights movement to the black power movement to the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa to Black Lives Matter.

Seven.The notion that MEChistas are anti-Central American is equally ahistorical and absurd.

MEChistas played a key role on college/university campuses (and the streets, etc.) during the 1980s and early 1990s, protesting against U.S. military intervention in Central America. This includes being an integral part of the sanctuary movement for Central Americans fleeing U.S. sponsored wars during this same period.

Six.      While there’s no consensus on the meaning or significance of “Aztlán” among Chicana/o activists or scholars in terms of a political plan of action, etc., which the anti-MEChistas have also attacked, Aztlán serves as a spiritual and political claim against the racist notion of Raza being “aliens” or “strangers” to this land or our ancestral land.

Five.    Anti-MEChistas should not generalize about all MEChistas. If one MEChA chapter is led by a sexist, misogynistic or homophobic pig, etc., that doesn’t mean that all MEChistas or MEChA chapters engage in similar, abhorrent behavior.

Four.   Anti-MEChistas should be self-reflective and comprehend that we all have contradictions, where we should differentiate/resolve between those among friends and enemies. I didn’t invent this idea or concept, but borrowed it from great thinkers of the past. Thus, instead of attacking and debating with MEChistas, the anti-MEChistas should be engaging and dialoging with MEChistas. At the end of the day, we have more in common than we have differences.

Three. If the anti-MEChistas hate MEChA or feel alienated or excluded from it, instead of

destroying MEChA from within—which the proposed name change essentially did—they should create their own organization from scratch. I don’t say this in a mean-spirited or malicious manner, but as a matter of principle. For example, you will never see me attending a Black Lives Matter meeting, demanding that its leaders or members change the name to “Brown and Black Lives Matter” or “BBLM” because I feel “aliened” or “excluded.”

Two.    To educate themselves on the evolution of MEChA and its philosophy, etc., the anti- MEChistas should read El Plan de Santa Barbara. This way, they, too, can learn how to create their own organization from scratch.

One.    “Once a MEChista, always a MEChista.” Again, I didn’t invent this idea or concept, but borrowed or learned it during my proud time as a MEChista many moons ago.

More articles by:

Dr. Alvaro Huerta is an assistant professor of urban and regional planning and ethnic and women’s studies at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He is the author of “Reframing the Latino Immigration Debate: Towards a Humanistic Paradigm,” published by San Diego State University Press (2013).

July 09, 2020
Richard D. Wolff
COVID-19 Exposes the Weakness of a Major Theory Used to Justify Capitalism
Ahrar Ahmad
Racism in America: Police Choke-hold is Not the Issue
Timothy M. Gill
Electoral Interventions: a Suspiciously Naïve View of U.S. Foreign Policy in the Post-Cold War World
Daniel Falcone
Cold War with China and the Thucydides Trap: a Conversation with Richard Falk
Daniel Beaumont
Shrink-Wrapped: Plastic Pollution and the Greatest Economic System Jesus Ever Devised
Prabir Purkayastha
The World Can Show How Pharma Monopolies Aren’t the Only Way to Fight COVID-19
Gary Leupp
“Pinning Down Putin” Biden, the Democrats and the Next War
Howard Lisnoff
The Long Goodbye to Organized Religion
Cesar Chelala
The Dangers of Persecuting Doctors
Mike Garrity – Erik Molvar
Back on the List: A Big Win for Yellowtone Grizzlies and the Endangered Species Act, a Big Loss for Trump and Its Enemies
Purusottam Thakur
With Rhyme and Reasons: Rap Songs for COVID Migrants
Binoy Kampmark
Spiked Concerns: The Melbourne Coronavirus Lockdown
Nino Pagliccia
Venezuela is on a Path to Make Colonialism Obsolete
George Ochenski
Where are Our Political Leaders When We Really Need Them?
Dean Baker
Is it Impossible to Envision a World Without Patent Monopolies?
William A. Cohn
Lead the Way: a Call to Youth
July 08, 2020
Laura Carlsen
Lopez Obrador’s Visit to Trump is a Betrayal of the U.S. and Mexican People
Melvin Goodman
Afghanistan: What is to be Done?
Thomas Klikauer – Norman Simms
The End of the American Newspaper
Sonali Kolhatkar
The Merits of Medicare for All Have Been Proven by This Pandemic
David Rosen
It’s Now Ghislaine Maxwell’s Turn
Nicolas J S Davies
Key U.S. Ally Indicted for Organ Trade Murder Scheme
Bob Lord
Welcome to Hectobillionaire Land
Laura Flanders
The Great American Lie
John Kendall Hawkins
Van Gogh’s Literary Influences
Marc Norton
Reopening vs. Lockdown is a False Dichotomy
Joel Schlosberg
“All the Credit He Gave Us:” Time to Drop Hamilton’s Economics
CounterPunch News Service
Tribes Defeat Trump Administration and NRA in 9th Circuit on Sacred Grizzly Bear Appeal
John Feffer
The US is Now the Global Public Health Emergency
Nick Licata
Three Books on the 2020 Presidential Election and Their Relevance to the Black Live Matter Protests
Elliot Sperber
The Breonna Taylor Bridge
July 07, 2020
Richard Eskow
The War on Logic: Contradictions and Absurdities in the House’s Military Spending Bill
Daniel Beaumont
Gimme Shelter: the Brief And Strange History of CHOP (AKA CHAZ)
Richard C. Gross
Trump’s War
Patrick Cockburn
Trump’s Racism May be Blatant, But the Culture He Defends Comes Out of the Civil War and Goes Well Beyond Racial Division
Andrew Stewart
Can We Compare the George Floyd Protests to the Vietnam War Protests? Maybe, But the Analogy is Imperfect
Walden Bello
The Racist Underpinnings of the American Way of War
Nyla Ali Khan
Fallacious Arguments Employed to Justify the Revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s Autonomy and Its Bifurcation
Don Fitz
A Statue of Hatuey
Dean Baker
Unemployment Benefits Should Depend on the Pandemic
Ramzy Baroud – Romana Rubeo
Will the ICC Investigation Bring Justice for Palestine?
Sam Pizzigati
Social Distancing for Mega-Million Fun and Profit
Dave Lindorff
Private: Why the High Dudgeon over Alleged Russian Bounties for Taliban Slaying of US Troops
George Wuerthner
Of Fire and Fish
Binoy Kampmark
Killing Koalas: the Promise of Extinction Down Under