Jose Vasconcelos was a prominent Mexican writer, philosopher and politician, known throughout Latin America. He produced the “La Raza” racialist concept for mixed-race, Hispanic peoples, on which the Chicano political movement was based.
His ethno-racialist theory is formalized in his book, “La Raza Cosmica,” published in 1925, still available on Amazon and other book dealers. 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”, a time when racial supremacy theories were very popular. Vasconcelos apparently thought especially Mexicans and Hispanics, in general, needed their own (mestizo) racial theory.
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, an American, Jewish scholar of Latin American Literature, Itzhak Bar-Lewaw, discovered 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, but he did it mainly in the Spanish language. It seems Spanish speakers have generally ignored the information and not many English speakers would read it.
Below is an English translation of a 6-page article, linked below, that Bar-Lewaw wrote in Spanish about it.
Bar-Lewaw is too kind to Vasconcelos in places. He was a literary fan of Vasconcelos until he found out about the Nazi collaboration. Vasconcelos was extremely anti-American, anti-Anglo and anti-Semitic long before WWII, blaming Anglo society for preventing Mexico from becoming a great nation. He demonized Anglos and America.
The clip shows a few details of how many Mexicans collaborated with the Nazis and had sympathy for Nazi Germany during the first part of WWII. Mexican audiences used to applaud the Nazis in newsreels shown in the cinemas. To Mexicans, the USA was the evil empire and not the Nazi Reich. Mexico did eventually declare war on Nazi Germany, because the Americans pressured the Mexican Government, but they did not contribute much to the war effort directly.
Widespread Nazi sympathy and collaboration did not stop at the US/Mexico border and this sympathy helps explain some similarities of the La Raza / Chicano nationalist movements with the symbols and concepts of Nazism. Hispanic ethnic nationalists aligned with Marxists in the United States after the war, however, and that explains why political La Raza / Chicano-ism have features of a hybrid of both Nazi-like, ultra nationalism and neo-Marxism.
Jose Vasconcelos, who appears in this clip, developed the mestizo racialist concept of “La Raza” and documented it in his book “La Raza Cosmica” (The Cosmic Race), published in 1925. Vasconcelos is featured in this clip and was the most important pro-Nazi propagandist in Mexico during WWII. His concept of “La Raza” is a Nazi-like, racial theory for the Hispanic, mestizo (mixed) race.
To see subtitles in English, start video, then click on the settings wheel and turn on “captions”.
The image below shows the Nazi Battle flag and the original United Farm Workers flag. The UFW is a part of the Chicano political movement and a part of the greater “La Raza” movement. It’s just one example of the similar symbolism and concepts that La Raza shares with Nazi ultra nationalism.
Both flags are red with a white circle that contains a national symbol. The Nazi flag has a swastika and the UFW flag a Mexican eagle. The eagle in the UFW flag, however, still looks more like a Nazi reichsadler than a Mexican eagle.
This is an article in Life Magazine from 1940 about the Nazi influence in Mexico and Mexican collaborators. One of the most important collaborators was Jose Vasconcelos, an important Mexican, educator, writer, philosopher and cultural figure. Vasconcelos was the father of the “La Raza” racial theory, which became a basic concept for the Chicano political movement in the United States.
Radical Chicano’s plotted to firebomb City College in San Diego in 1970. One of them is still a member of the Chicano Park Steering Committee, David Rico. Read here some of the secret history of San Diego and Chicano Park. The local Chicanos, media and politicians hope that it will be forgotten. In 1970, three members of the militant Chicano group, Brown Berets de Aztlan were, arrested and ultimately convicted of crimes associated with a plot to firebomb City College in San Diego, David Rico, Carlos Rede Calderon and Richard Gonzalves. All there were convicted of distributing bombs and criminal syndicalism. In addition, Calderon was convicted of soliciting murder. Today, it would be called domestic terrorism.
This article outlines how it happened and also discusses how the goals, tactics and behavior of prominent Chicano activists in Barrio Logan and the local area have not changed very much. They still promote their revolutionary ideology at public expense. The City of San Diego is expected to give them a building for a new museum to make it easier to indoctrinate children and young people. They still often rely on threats and intimidation to obtain what they want. They still run people out of the neighborhood, who do not conform to their militant brown supremacist ideology. The City of San Diego and other government entities provide a huge subsidy to enable them to teach their anti-American ideology.
This 79-page report describes a grand jury investigation in 1979 of the corrupt, incestuous relationship between the Chicano Federation and Chicano Park Steering Committee in San Diego. Both were then residing in the same building next to Chicano Park. As a result of misappropriation of funds and other bad behavior, the two groups were ordered to vacate the building. The building is now designated as the future Chicano Park Museum at 1960 National Ave, San Diego, Ca. The red brick building was originally intended to be a highway patrol substation in 1970, before the site was occupied.
Recently, the Chicano Park Steering Committee again gained control of the building via a lease from the City in order to use it as a park museum, a base to support their propaganda and indoctrination efforts, especially of children and young people. It seems many have forgotten why the Park Steering Committee members were thrown out of the building in 1979. This report provides the background in much detail.
The Chicano Federation is a social services and advocacy non-profit, while the Chicano Park Steering Committee is a self-appointed group of militant, La Raza radicals, who occupied Chicano Park in 1970 and who were then attempting to control the Chicano Federation via harassment, threats of violence and intimidation to further their own corrupt, anti-American agenda.
Today (in 2020), 41 years later, the Chicano Federation appears to be a more normal, nonprofit organization, providing social services to the Hispanic as well as other residents of San Diego County, while the Chicano Park Steering Committee is still a group of militants with a radical, anti-American agenda, trying to promote their revolutionary ideology with our tax dollars via intimidation and threats of violence.
A group of masked patriots stand in front of a swastika symbol on a mural in Chicano Park. A photo of it is deleted by Facebook as a “hate symbol”. This just validates our won criticism of this mural as being a display of hate by the radical Chicanos, themselves. Unbeknownst to many, the Chicano political movement was greatly influenced by a Mexican Nazi collaborator, Jose Vasconcelos, who first formulated the La Raza racial supremacy theory.
Chicanos claim that the swastikas that are found all around the park in San Diego are just indigenous symbols. They often use ambiguous symbolism with dual interpretations to disguise their subversive, anti-American message.
This is the “Prophecy of Quetzalcoatl” mural at Chicano Park with five Border Town Patriots posing in front of it. The mural features a huge, rounded, reverse swastika. There are other, smaller such swastikas scattered around the park.
“So, we went into Chicano park yesterday to witness the May Day rally. We took a picture next to one of the murals, the one on the southeast corner, the one with the swastika and war bird. Posted it to Bordertown patriots page and it got flagged, we took the swastika out of the image and the word Chicano and still got flagged.” – Border Town Patriots
When five anglos are placed in front of this Chicano mural it automatically becomes a message of “hate” to some people. In truth, it is a Chicano message of hate before the white people were standing in front of it.
Quetzalcoatl, the plumed serpent, is the messiah god of the Aztecs. He is in the same mural but just outside the photo taken, a dragon-like figure in this mural. He is prophesied by Chicanos to return as a human and bring on a new utopian age, in this context, a new age for Aztlan. That is, Aztlan will be liberated from American society.
This not unlike the prophecies of a new messiah that were made before Hitler came onto the scene in Germany to bring on a new millennium, a thousand year reich. Not to say, it’s going to be exactly the same, Nazi-ism was unique in history in its brutality, at least so far, but racial identity doctrines have similar features and the Chicano political movement has its own racial identity doctrine called “La Raza”. The militant Chicanos have borrowed quite a lot from Nazi ideology and symbolism.
The Nazis were obsessed with lost territory and so are the Chicanos. The Nazis wanted to regain the territory in the east, lost in World War I. The Chicanos want to takeover “Aztlan,” which they identify as the Southwestern United States, to which they lost their claim in the Mexican-American war. Chicanos teach that the Park is the first park of Aztlan to be occupied.
The Nazis looked back at the Vikings in much the same way that Chicanos look back to the Aztecs, as the pagan source of their artificial, fabricated “culture”.
The Nazis demonized the Jews in a similar was as fanatical Chicanos demonize Anglo society.
The La Raza racial identity doctrine was developed and popularized by Jose Vasconcelos. Vasconcelos was called the father of the Mexican mural movement and the father of the indigenous movement. Vasconcelos’ fingerprints are all over Chicano Park, because it is about La Raza, subversive art in the style of Mexican murals and an obsession with being the heirs of the Aztecs and the other indigenous peoples of the Americas. This gives them in their minds a claim on “Aztlan” and actually the rest of the Americas.
Jose Vasconcelos was also the most important Nazi propagandist in Mexico during World War II. Due to the similarities of the La Raza ideology to Nazi racial ideology and the connection via Vasconcelos to Nazism, the Chicano swastikas can be interpreted in a similar way to the Nazi swastika. That is, it represents the coming Chicano Messiah and the new race (La Raza). Vasconcelos prophesied La Raza would be forged by the melding of the indigenous people of the Americas with the Spanish/Hispanic people and culture of Europe.
Hitler standardized the Nazi swastika in the form that is recognizable today to most people, but the Nazis continued to use many different shapes and styles of the swastika, including a curved swastika similar to the Chicano Park swastika. For example, the most well known was used as the symbol of the Wiking (Viking) Waffen-SS division. The Chicano symbol is the same style, just reversed.
Below is Chicano graffiti at the Chicano Park site a year before the takeover by Chicano fanatics. It is taken from a San Diego historical Facebook page, Vintage San Diego. Note the historically-standard Nazi swastikas next to the “Chicano Power” slogan. The Chicano Park artists just used a modified version of the Nazi swastika, in order to allow them to deny the parallels to Nazism in the subversive ultra nationalist message that they display in the murals at Chicano Park.
Here, a local Chicano, Lucky Morales, explains his understanding of “La Raza” mestizo racial doctrine.