Benjamin Prado of Union del Barrio leads a call for removal of the Columbus statue in Discovery Park in Chula Vista. A letter was sent to the City Council and the council is considering the removal of the statue, which has been repeatedly vandalized by like-minded, anti-European, anti-white extremists. They also want to formally change the Columbus Day holiday to “Indigenous Day”.
Union del Barrio is a radical Chicano / La Raza organization, associated with our extremist Chicano Park in San Diego. Chicano political ideology is not well defined and different groups have somewhat different ideologies. The ideology of Union del Barrio is a hybrid, of revolutionary Marxism and mestizo-racial identity.
The historical evidence that Columbus committed atrocities, depends mainly on the writings of Bartholomew de las Casas. However, de las Casas had political reasons to exaggerate what Columbus supposedly did. He was a church leader and was trying to persuade the King of Spain to give him control over the natives in the region. As we know from history, the treatment of the enslaved natives on church missions at that time, was also far from being perfectly humane.
The flag of the Union del Barrio, which flies next to Prado in the video above, has an image of an Aztec eagle warrior (wearing an eagle helmet) on a field of red. It is extremely ironic, considering Prado’s complaints, because the Aztecs practiced mass human sacrifice and ritual cannibalism, ripping the still beating hearts from their victims, while they were still alive. The Aztecs enslaved and slaughtered many times more native peoples than Columbus — probably falsely — is accused of doing. Yet, Prado flies an Aztec flag next to him with pride, while complaining vehemently that memorializing Columbus is absolutely intolerable.
Union del Barrio is virulently anti white Anglo-American. The “La Raza” mestizo racial theory, which Benjamin Prado mentions at the end of his speech is based on the mestizo racial supremacy theory of Jose Vasconcelos, who developed the “La Raza” concept in his book, “La Raza Cosmica” (1925).
Vasconcelos was a Mexican philosopher, educator and revolutionary, who was famous in all of Latin America. He is called the father of the Mexican muralist movement and also the father of the indigenous movement. However, he was the most important Nazi propagandist in Latin America, publishing the pro-Nazi magazine, El Timon (The Rudder) in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s until the Mexican Government banned the publication in 1942 a few months after the Pearl Harbor attack and declaration of war by the U.S. These racial concepts of “La Raza” developed by Jose Vasconcelos are the major source of the racial theories of the radical Chicano political movement. The Nazis tried to exploit the Nazi-like racial theories of Vasconcelos to gain influence in Latin America in the time leading up to World War II.
The term “La Raza” also has a popular usage in Mexico that may be considered low-class, but relatively innocuous. However that is not how it is being used by overtly racialist groups like Union del Barrio. Here are a couple of references for Vasconcelos and his pro-Nazism, translated from the original Spanish.
Below is a video of another racialist, anti-white event that Union del Barrio organized. You can see their eagle warrior flag on the stage. The speaker also thanks Union del Barrio (for organizing the racist event) at the end of her racial diatribe against white people. Ironically, the speaker is herself a self-hating, white person who is kowtowing to brown and black racial supremacist groups.
Union del Barrio was also one of the main organizers of this event in Chicano Park, shown in the next video. A small group of about 6-8 individuals planned to have lunch and a private viewing of the political, often anti-American and racialist murals at the park. Because they were critics of Chicano extremism, Union del Barrio and allied groups organized and incited a mob of about 500 persons to deny them access to the park under the threat of serious bodily injury. At the end of this video you see a couple of Union del Barrio organizers in red shirts with the UdB’s eagle-warrior logo directing the mob. This event was not organized a gathering of white supremacists, but simply a peaceful, ad hoc gathering of critics of the militant “La Raza” mestizo racial ideology represented in many of the murals at this park.