I was just watching a few MEChA members out in California..of course, they were busy calling everyone else a racist. Then somebody brought up the MEChA motto.
Por la raza todo. Fuera de la raza nada. Literal translation: For the race all. Outside the race nothing.
For the past few years, they've been trying to convince us that we misinpret this. That la raza means "people," "community," etc., etc., etc. Really focusing on the first part. You know, I hate to bring this up, but what about the latter part? If, in fact, we have misinterpreted what the saying means, then is MEChA for people but against animals, plants, extra-terrestrials? If they're for the community, does this mean one community will not help or associate with another community?
Logic just fails me here. It still seems that a Chicano organization with a motto like this is talking Chicano...not people, not community. Especially in view of this MEChA statement: "Chicano is our identity; it defines who we are as people. It rejects the notion that we...should assimilate into the Anglo-American melting pot...Aztlan was the legendary homeland of the Aztecas ... It became synonymous with the vast territories of the Southwest, brutally stolen from a Mexican people marginalized and betrayed by the hostile custodians of the Manifest Destiny." (Statement on University of Oregon MEChA Website, Jan. 3, 2006)