Reies Tijerina was one of the four founders of the militant Chicano political movement. This is an except of his talk at UCLA in 1969 where he declared that La Raza would take over the entire American continent, north and south. He mentions that this mestizo racial supremacy theory is based on the book by Jose Vasconcelos, who was the major pro-Nazi propagandist in Latin America at the start of World War II.
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Though he says La Raza will dominate “with peace”, Reies Tijerina was infamous for his armed raid on a courthouse in Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico, where he hoped to kidnap a DA that opposed him. His men shot two police officers in that raid. One of the officers was beaten to death, just before he was scheduled to testify in Tijerina’s trial. When he was sent to prison, he was diagnosed as a psychopath.
Tijerina is one of the Chicano leaders honored in the historical mural at Chicano Park in San Diego.
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