Still expecting change?
in 1848, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo guaranteed us our rights:
“The Mexicans who, in the territories aforesaid, shall not preserve the character of citizens of the Mexican Republic, conformably with what is stipulated in the preceding article, shall be incorporated into the Union of the United States. and be admitted at the proper time (to be judged of by the Congress of the United States) to the enjoyment of all the rights of citizens of the United States, according to the principles of the Constitution; and in the mean time, shall be maintained and protected in the free enjoyment of their liberty and property, and secured in the free exercise of their religion without; restriction”
Maybe it was our fault for not getting our rights because we preserved the character of citizens of the Mexican Republic. We ‘re too Mexican in other words.
In 1868 the 14th ammendment guaranteed us our rights
In 1946 Mendez vs. Westminster School Distrtict guaranteed our rights
In 1964 the Civil Rights Act guranted us our rights
in 1965 the Voting Rights Act guranteed us our rights.
And you still believe that fighting for more rights is going to take us to the Promised Land?
Gente, you are still hoping to get the rights promised to us 150 years ago. Remember who your dealing with. Words, treaties and laws mean nothing to the gringo power structure.
As long as you continue believing in the system’s capacity to love us and grant us rights, you’re stuck in the same rat race.
We don’t need more laws; we don’t need more promises; we don’t need more reform.
We need liberation and self determination. They’ve tricked us long enough.
They should be on their knees thanking us for marching and still believing in their compassion. Instead they kick us for it, so we stay in the political box assigned to us.
The time to convince others of what we want is close to being over. We must begin to insist to ourselves that we want to make our own decisions. We must insist to ourselves that people a whole world away can’t make decisions for ourselves.
Libertad y amor