Jose Vasconcelos, father of “La Raza” Hispanic ethno-racialism
Jose Vasconcelos was a prominent Mexican writer, philosopher and politician, known thoughout Latin America. He produced the “La Raza” racialist concept for mixed-race Hispanic peoples, on which the La Raza and Chicano political movements are based. This is formalized in his book, “La Raza Cosmica,” published in 1925. In “La Raza Cosmica” Vasconcelos develops a racial/ethnic supremacy concept for Hispanics, similar to the Nazi racial theory, but designed for the mestizo (mixed) race, published in the same year as Hitler’s “Mein Kampf”.
Many Mexicans knew about his Nazi collaboration at the beginning of WWII, but the information was being ignored, if not actively suppressed after the war. However a Jewish scholar of Latin American history, Itzhak Bar-Lewaw, rediscovered Vasconcelos’ Nazi connections as publisher of the pro-Nazi propaganda magazine, Timon (the Rudder). Bar-Lewaw re-publicized the information, starting in the early 1970’s.
Below is an English translation of a 6-page article that he wrote in Spanish about it. Bar-Lewaw is too kind to Vasconcelos in places. He was very anti-American and anti-Anglo long before WWII, blaming Anglo society for preventing Mexico from becoming a great nation. He demonized Anglo and America.