Please write the Denver City Council Members and request that they not change the name, or if they must change the name, request that they use a name that is, at least, not obviously racist and is more inclusive than this Hispanic, mestizo, racial concept, which was invented by a Mexican Nazi. Their addresses are below.
You can contact the Mayor Michael Hancock here.
In recent years, National Hispanic organizations have been backing away from using the term, “La Raza”, as well as other terms associated with the radical, political Chicano movement. The “National Council of La Raza” changed their name three years ago in July of 2017, dropping “La Raza” from their name. Now the organization is called “UnidosUS”.
They did not say so directly, but it seems this was due to the racialist name becoming an embarrassment for them and for the organization to be more inclusive. In this his article, they do write that the name change came after accusations started years ago about “La Raza” meaning “The Race” and accusations that the National Council of La Raza had a brown racist agenda.
Anyone with enough intelligence to be able to use a Spanish/English dictionary can learn that the word actually does mean “The Race”. In recent years, we have learned more about Vasconcelos’ bizarre racial theory, which explains why they call themselves La Raza / The Race.
The national Chicano student organization, MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan) has also changed its name dropping the words “Chicano” and “Aztlan” to be more inclusive, they said.
Fans of the La Raza concept try to obfuscate the meaning, claiming it means “The People”, but it really does mean “The Race”, just as it sounds to English speakers. Spanish has two words that mean “The People”, that is “La Gente” and “El Pueblo” (as in people of a nation). If the term was really intended to mean “The People”, they would have used one of these two terms normally used for that purpose.
The origins of this term may not be understood by many, even among Hispanics, however, the “La Raza” concept – on which the Chicano political ideology is to a large extent based — is a Hispanic mestizo racial supremacy theory formulated by a very prominent Mexican politician, educator and philosopher, Jose Vasconcelos. Vasconcelos explained his concept in a book entitled, “La Raza Cosmica”, which is available via Amazon and other book retailers under the correctly-translated name of “The Cosmic Race“. He believed that the Hispanic, mixed race would evolve into the ultimate race. Vasconcelos was also an extreme anti-Semite, extremely anti-American and the most important paid, Nazi propagandist in Latin America at the start of WWII.
This is an article that Jose Vasconcelos, the Father of La Raza, wrote justifying the notorious anti-Semitic tract used by the Nazis to demonize Jews, “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion”.
Already featured in the park is a model of an Aztec temple, designed to be suggestive of the Templo Mayor, the most important site for mass human sacrifice in the Aztec empire. Uncounted thousands of victims were sacrificed there, having their hearts cut out of their chests while still living. Their still-beating heart was offered the sun god, Huitzilopochtli, as the victim looked on, writhing in extreme agony and died. Parts of the victims were often eaten by the priests in ritualistic cannibalism.
If the goal is to celebrate Mexican heritage, a blood-soaked, Aztec, human-sacrificial temple is not generally featured in town squares in Mexico. Generally, the status symbol for a Mexican town is to have a more innocuous, French gazebo in the town square, not a memorial to Aztec human sacrifice.
To avoid making a mockery out of the wonderful city of Denver, request that they not change the name of the Park to “La Raza Park”.
There is nothing wrong with “Columbus Park”. The charges utopian fanatics are making against Columbus are extreme and propagandistic. However, if the name must be changed, they should make it something less polarizing and more inclusive, than “La Raza Park”, in order to not disgrace the City of Denver.