An interesting perspective:
Taking A Deeper Look At the “Latino / Hispanic” Phenomenon
By Viva Ramirez
“…They never favored, nor loved you with their hands. They merely deceived you, envied you. They wanted to hurt you, they will not you, they want to get rid of you. They never behaved as humans toward you.” – Emiliano Zapata (Translated from Nahuatl)
Zooming in even closer on this ‘Latino’ phenomenon, it becomes apparent that the concept isn’t as homogeneous as some would have us believe. Just as with anything else in the universe, there is a perceivable polarization; a stratification in the collective of the so-called ‘ Latino’ identity. The sentiments seem to be divided along the Mexican border. And as a result, the resources, the opportunity, political protection, have been siphoned from their natural equitable distribution among the people and collected for a select few groups.
In the evolution, a hierarchy emerges, and it is perceivable that those with Mexican blood, have been shepherded to the bottom by false leaders and charlatans who promise salvation that never comes. Within this architecture, Cubans, enjoy special political status [privileged amnesty], Puerto Ricans receive automatic citizenship, and still other more ‘exotic’ immigrants bask in the novel adoration of the American consciousness, while the decedents of the Mexican, and other indigenous peoples of this land come to prominence as the targets upon which to lay the burden of all the social and economic ills of our Nation. For instance, a concerted effort is being made to put a wall between Mexico and the U.S. and not between the US and Canada or between Florida and the Cuban waters in the southeastern part of the US. Unemployment, overpopulation, depletion of medical and educational resources– even the security of our children have all been laid at the feet of the Mexican and his Xicano brother by racists, liars, and xenophobes.
Now is the time for the Mexican, the Mexican-American, and the Xicano to depart from the collective Latino Construct, as it offers no shelter for us. The investment of the indigenous peoples of this land is longer and greater than any other.
We will now assert ourselves as Americans who’s contribution to the foundation of this Nation cannot be measured. We will not forsake our culture. Instead we will forsake those who seek to exploit us, and stand together with those who love us. It is time to take our seat at the table of power in our house , the United States of America, and become owners of this great Nation which has been built on our ancestral home.
Our culture is our shield.
WE WILL NOT BE ABSORBED.”
Bio: Viva Ramirez has been getting out the vote within the Mexican-American and Latin community.