Among anti-immigrationists, there is much gnashing of teeth about the so-called “Reconquista” – a movement among radical Hispanics to reclaim the U.S. Southwest as some sort of mestizo homeland.
Aside from one extremist website – which looks to be virtually a one-man operation – I’ve not seen or heard any Latinos advance this agenda publicly.
Well, thank the gods for right-wing talk radio.
My favorite L.A. radio station is KFI 640, home to some very entertaining local conservative yakkers, particularly the evening guy, John Ziegler.
Tuesday night, Ziegler discussed a news report forecasting that California’s population will swell to 60 million (from 36 million currently) by 2050. A majority of that 60 million will be Hispanic.
Ziegler said many whites will flee California as it becomes increasingly Hispanic, and that those whites would be justified in doing so.
Then he got a call from what I’ll describe as a self-hating assimilated Mexican-American. (The guy said that his “Irish first name” – Ryan – is “disgusting.” He feels robbed of his culture.)
For most of this 5-minute call, Ryan and Ziegler have a polite back-and-forth on racism and assimilation. Near the end, though, Ryan cuts loose and tells John Ziegler and all other white people not to wait for 2050 – leave now! “And don’t stop at the next state over,” he said. “Keep going. Get out of the entire Southwest. ... Get out of this land right here that we call Aztlan, ’cause we want Aztlan back!”
Ziegler laughed at him. Ryan had just proven Zig’s point. “That’s exactly why it is rational and not racist for white people to fear living here in the long run,” said Zig.
I’m streaming that call on my Vox audio stash. Click here to hear it.