2/15/06

LA RAZA CHICANA

~EL CHICANO Y SU RAZA~

Neither an ideology nor a myth, a Chicano is a very real person. Beyond the person, Chicanismo is a way of life, a spiritual calling, a love, a respect, and a duty.

Not all those who are brown are Chicanos, and not all those who are Chicanos are brown. Brown is a color. A color cannot love nor can it know of respect. Only a warm human being can love and respect.
Not all those who call themselves Chicanos are Chicanos, and some who do not call themselves anything, could be the best examples of Chicanismo.

To be Chicano means to have learned of respect, to have practiced understanding, and to have been moved by social injustice to the point where the person sees it as his duty to fight wrongs wherever they may be found. Chicanismo also means to teach humanism and to love (with respect) all of our fellow human beings who also cling to this earth.

Thus, Chicanismo is not the easiest way of life in a world warped by hatred, money, and steel, but it is the most meaningful because it is the most human and real.

Above all, Chicanismo is real. A Chicano does not wag his tongue about injustice and wrong. He acts more than he speaks. A Chicano has forgotten the elocutions of rhetoric; he is too busy being "un hermano de cariizo."

Then, may we all reach our goals without violence, injustice, or prejudice; and may we reach our goals without abusing our brothers, or stepping on them, or stealing of their labor, or harboring jealousy and envy.
Yesterday, our grandfathers lived with injustice for years. Our fathers could not resist this injustice, but they remained what they were. They did not become part of the injustice themselves. Today we resist and fight this injustice.

If we remain peaceful, it is not out of weakness, but out of a strength that no nation or man has yet been able to break. La Raza is always La Raza.

Our force is a sword of patience, awareness and truth. The force never dies. The sword never dulls.
But may we wield the sword with a calm and tranquil spirit. The sword, as it cuts through the film of untruth, will make its own roar and find its own mark.

GUERRILLEROS POR VIDA

EVERY DAY THE BODY BAG COUNT KEEPS ADDING TO THE NUMBERS OF GANGSTERS DOWNED IN THE LINE OF DUTY (NOT TO MENTION THOSE CIVILIANS CAUGHT IN THE LINE OF FIRE).... THE NUMBERS KEEP RISING WITH EVERY PASSING YEAR AND I HEAR THAT CLIKAS BE SPROUTING HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE---NO PEACE AND NO GET-ALONGS ANY MORE BETWEEN VARRIOS---EVERYONE OUT FOR THEMSELVES AND NO ONE GETTING DOWN A PUTAZOS. TODOS LOS LOCOS WITH AN ITCHY FINGER; EASIER TO SMOKE A VATO THAN TO TAKE A KNEE AND GET UP FOR THE NEXT ROUND.... VATOS NO LONGER RESPECTED IF THEY AIN'T DOWN WITH THE NEW TIMES OF GUERRILLA WARFARE.... BAM BAM BAM BAM, CLACK CLACK CLACK CLAK, SCREECH QUEMANDO LLANTAS HEARD WITH A YELL-OUT OF SOME VARRIO "IF AT ALL".... BLOOD POOLS OUT ONTO THE CONCRETE BECAUSE A VATO BLINKED AND FORGOT TO DUCK-DOWN WHEN THAT FAST NEW MODEL RIDE CAME AROUND THE CORNER.... EVERY DAY I HEAR PEOPLE SAY "LOOKS LIKE A QUIET NEIGHBORHOOD" & "NO GANGS AROUND HERE BECAUSE THERE IS NO GRAFFITI ON THE WALLS" --- A FALSE PEACE AND A FALSE IMPRESSION FROM THE STREETS; NO ONE SPORTING THE OLD SCHOOL GARB AND EVERYONE KEEPING A LOW PROFILE ON ACCOUNT OF THE NEW WORLD ORDER.... NO ONE POSTED UP AT THE EMPTY LOT; NO ONE GUARDING THE GATES AND NO ONE CONGREGATING AT THE PARK ANYMORE.... EVERYONE IS ON WITH THE HIDE-AND-SEEK "GUERRILLA WARFARE" STYLE --- EVEREADY AND EVERDEADLIER; NO MONKEYING AROUND, IT'S DO OR DIE TIME!!!! THESE ARE LOS NUEVOS TIEMPOS AND THESE ARE THE WAYS OF EL PACHUCO MODERNO---ALL GANGSTERIZED, ALL SPEEDO AND AMPED UP --- BLASTING HIS WAY TO ETERNITY, BE THAT IN THE SYSTEM OR IN HELL --- IT DON'T MATTER, IT'S ALL THE SAME; FOR "WHAT IS LIFE WORTH?" NOTHING BUT HARDSHIP AND LAGRIMAS ANYWAYS!!!! SO A VATO HAS TO BE HARD AND REMORSELESS --- THAT'S THE WAY IT IS IN THIS LA VIDA MAS LOCOTA.... "GUERRILLEROS POR VIDA"