Saturday, February 23, 2013

Read: Research, Articles, and Projects - Chicano Identity + Comment

2/23/2013 ~ Gracias Hermano David ~

In the complexity of connected reality, I am first and foremost a humane being, not limited by any one ethnic identity. We humam beings are one race of people, one species. Beyond being a humane being I also identify myself as a Chicano de Aztlán, not a Mexican nor an American. Thus, the concept of a Chicano being like the hyphen in Mexican-American.

In a way, Chicanos are a scattered tribe, not a separate nation existing only in the subjective mind. We should aim for unity as oppressed peoples, as members of the human family of humanity, not a separated categories to define ourselves.

My bloodline is Chiricahua Apache and Sonoran Yaquí, my parents thought of themselves as Mexicans and with the rise of the Chicano Movement I latched onto the self-concept of being a Chicano. As people of La Raza Cosmica we are still trying to settle on a collective identity and at this rage this could go on forever.

Meanwhile, Over 25,000+ children die of hunger related causes every day. Many of La Raza identify themselves by their country of origin, without a strictly racial self-identity. as many our Black brothers and sisters do. The point is we need to seek solidarity as one Family of Humanity, get involved in the matrix of social liberation movements sweeping the world and quit making a false science out of the whole identity issue. Let us come together and unite, quit arguing over labels, settle our differences and educate to liberate the masses.

On Being A Chicano de Aztlán ~by @Peta_de_Aztlan
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Venceremos! We Will Win! Educate to Liberate!
Peter S. Lopez AKA @Peta_de_Aztlan
Sacramento, California


From: David Sanchez <>
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In regards to Mexican American Studies, Dr. Rona Fields of Georgetown University stated, "The worse thing and even like terror is to take away someone's identity". From this, it came to my realization that Chicano Studies needs more emphasis on Chicano Identity as a study in order to expand a better  academic  understanding related to the contributes to intellectual development and historical foundations.

Subsequently, the problem with the melting pot syndrome is that too much assimilation may cause the loss of culture, loss of intellectual development, a loss of happiness, and loss of Chicano theoretical history which is based on the local history and culture of the Southwest and Mexico. Because of this, the extended culture is not passed on to the Chicano community for further generations.

The Chicano culture is part Spanish, Mexican, English (U.S. culture), and Native Indian. And before the natives Indians of the Southwest were American Indians, they were Mexican Indians because the Southwest was once part of Mexico. And prior to the arrival of Columbus, Mexico consisted of Native Indian towns, cities, and civilizations.

For example, Tenochtitlan (Mexico City) was bigger than London prior to the arrival of Cortez in 1518. Further, the Azteca Federation which was based in Tenochtitlan consisted of 482 cities across the Mexican Empire. Today, Chicanos hold over 60% Native American blood dating back to Mexico. Chicano lifestyle is a way of life and cultural trend dating back to the Aztecas, Mayan, and other tribes.

Eloquenly, a few people will promote culture as a way to fight back assimilation processes. Yet, if assimilation of culture continues, many more people will become confused without understanding their own identity. Further, to expect students to gain the Chicano Experience by only history is false and incomplete.

Therefore, it is a must that more emphasis be developed on Chicano and Mexican American Identity. Further, much culture and cultural traits has been lost due to national origin discrimination. Of which many institutions will purposely erase the Mexican American culture thus developing students to turn to individualism or internationalism. This has caused many students to forget where they come from. Leading to many graduated professionals to never return back to help their communities. Dr. David Sanchez
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