From Manifest Destiny to manifest insanity
By Roberto Rodriguez
These Arizona laws are part of a spasmodic reaction to this demographic shift, an attempt to maintain a political and cultural dominance over [brown] peoples seen as less than human and as defeated peoples. These laws seek to maintain this narrative of conquest. This is why the loss of some 5,000 Mexicans and Central Americans lives, primarily indigenous peoples, in the Arizona/Sonora desert in the past dozen years mean little in this clash. The same is true in regards to the recent killings of two Mexicans by U.S. agents along the U.S./Mexico border.
The best that Raza Studies critics do is attempt to dehumanize Mexicans/Chicanos. In their conjured-up narrative, Mexicans/Chicanos are neither legitimate Americans, nor legitimate human beings. Neither are they afforded the status of indigenous peoples. At best, they are mongrels, undeserving of full human rights.