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Why Is Administration Supporting La Raza?

Bush, Rove go to bat for group dedicated to annexation of southwest

By James P. Tucker Jr.

President Bush’s top crony, Karl Rove, traveled to Los Angeles to pay tribute to an advocacy group for illegal aliens, the National Council of La Raza.

In Spanish, “la raza” means “the race.” In addition to paying tribute to La Raza, Bush handed over millions of tax dollars to this anti-U.S. gang.

According to Rep. Charles Norwood (R-Ga.), La Raza received $15.2 million in federal grants last year and more than $30 million since 1996. Undisclosed amounts went to get-out-the-vote efforts on behalf of illegal aliens. The Department of Education handed over more than $8 million to the group for a nationwide charter school initiative.

Among the charter schools is La Academia Semillas del Pueblo in Los Angeles, which teaches “Aztec” math and the Mexican indigenous language of Nahuatl. The separatist principal of the school told a sympathetic interviewer:

“We don’t want to drink from a white water fountain, we have our own wells and our natural reservoirs and our way of collecting rain . . . and ultimately, the white way, the American way, the neo-liberal, capitalist way of life will eventually lead to our own destruction.”

Other taxpayer-subsidized charter schools sponsored by La Raza include:

• Aztlan Academy in Tucson, Ariz. Its success rests on its “ability to integrate a meaningful Chicano studies program into their lives, language and academics, as a means of developing their intellects as well as their pride and self-esteem,” according to La Raza. The school’s name is a mythical reference to a stretch of land possibly in what is now the U.S. Southwest, which Latinos claim as their rightful homeland and seek to reconquer for Mexico.

• The Delores Huerta Preparatory High School in Pueblo, Colo., is named after an agitator who praised illegal alien marchers and said in a hate-filled tirade that “We didn’t cross the borders, the borders crossed us.” She railed that “Republicans hate Latinos.” The school’s “education” program reflects her views.

• Academia Cesar Chavez Charter School in St. Paul, Minn., which features the Mexican flag prominently on the front page of its web site. Louis Mendoza, a professor and member of its board, had the school lobby for the federal Dream Act, which provides in-state tuition discounts to illegal aliens not available to legal nonresidents.

The White House claims La Raza is a “moderate” mainstream civil rights group. This adds up only if you use Aztec math.

(Issue #37, September 11, 2006)

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Updated September 1, 2006