Aztlán is the mythical ancestral home of the Nahua peoples, one of the main cultural groups in Mesoamerica. Aztec is the Nahuatl word for “people from Aztlan”. Since the 1960s, the Chicano Movement has used Aztlán as a symbol for a proposed homeland for Hispanics in the Southwestern United States, called the Republica del Norte. (this description is taken from wikipedia)
For a quick study in group self-delusion, take some time to read up on this modern phenomenon of the American Southwest. It is a thoroughly raced-based articulation of history akin to the Nazi mythology about Germany and the Aryan race. The Raza, or people of this movement, seek nothing less than the expulsion of all people of European origin from an area comprised of nine Southwestern US states and the incorporation of this “homeland” into an area that supposedly reflects the extent of the Aztec Empire prior to the arrival of the Spanish.
There are truly valid claims of injustices suffered by many peoples who lived in this hemisphere from pre-Columbian times. But the Aztlan prescription seems to be that the best way to re-mediate past injustices is through bloodshed and racially targeted acts of terror. This will sound familiar to those of you who have read Mein Kampf.
As a retired teacher of history, I am stunned that such a clear corrupción of historical events is actually being taught in some American colleges. First, Aztlan as an historical entity never existed. So teach it in a class on fiction or mythology. It isn’t historical. I will devote more time in my next post to a debunking of the historical claims of this movement. In the meantime, could we all please devote more energy and attention to making America a better country for all and less time to such flights of group fantasy and vengeance?