History According to KABC
I never realized that the people at KABC Radio were so vested in hate
Rodolfo F. Acuña
When I submitted an article to the Internet in defense of the children at the Semillas Charter School, I never realized that the people at KABC Radio were so vested in hate. I began exploring the search engines and it has one of the most complete archives of hate literature. This surprised me since when you think of KABC, you think of Ted Koppel and
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Diane Sawyer who are right of center but rational. And, you wouldn't think that the station would have to deal in political porn.
Also, I recall that Disney that also owns ESPN, and ESPN owns ABC. It interlocks with Boeing, Northwest Airlines, Clorox, Estee Lauder, FedEx, Gillette, Halliburton, Kmart, McKesson, Staples, and Yahoo. In 2000, the corporation donated $640,000 to George W. Bush's Campaign. 2004 was payback time as it attempted to block its Miramax division from
distributing Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 911," which links Mr. Bush and prominent Saudis and criticizes Bush's actions before and after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
ABC is a big fish so you wouldn't think that it would bother with attacking a small Eastside school. The answer is that it is profitable.
I was surprised when I began to receive E-mails criticizing my blog. I did not believe that my email list included right wing kooks. However, I found out that KABC's Doug McIntyre had posted my piece in defense of the Semillas School, without my permission, may I add, on his site.
Interestingly, the emails are similar. All are based on flawed history. They are obsessed with the fact that Semillas bases its math count on 20s rather than 10s. This amazing since we still buy in ounces and pounds and measure in inches and foots while the rest of the world uses the metric system.
Nahuatl is a dead language, so why learn it? The truth is more people use the language than classic Latin.
The other theme was that Mexico only owned the Southwest for 30 years. The letters gave much more credibility to the Spaniards because they stayed in Mexico for 300 years. That's European Manifest Destiny at work. Little is said about the fact that Mexico's population of 38 million fell to a million within 80 years after the conquest.
The facts really don't matter because these people get their history from Professor McIntyre. Those Mexicans crossing the border are criminals because they are crossing a border that they stole with the help of God.
They rationalize that they want to affect a reconquista. Aside from mispronouncing the word, it is repeated over and over without really understanding its meaning.
The reconquista within the context of Chicano history has always meant the taking back of identity and culture. It has never meant the taking back of land. This is a European notion based on the so-called Holy Crusades. It refers to the 700-year war in Spain to drive the Moors out of the Iberian Peninsula.
For the information of the uninformed, Mexicans generally do not identify with Spain and the word reconquista is not part of their vernacular.
As I have mentioned, the McIntyre's gaggle obsesses about the sanctity of the border and the necessity to maintain law and order. The border is sacred because they say so. They obsess about Aztlan and generalize that it has a specific meaning.
At this point, I will not get into the definition of Aztlan nor defend it. However, I will say that I support the concept that the natives of North America were bound by a corn culture that Euro-Americans are still insistent on genetically destroying. Civilizations, societies were based on corn.
I will not get carried away and say that all Mexicans are Indians. However, according to the CIA Factbook on the Internet, Mexico is 60% mestizo (Amerindian-Spanish), 30% Amerindian or predominantly Amerindian, white 9%, and other 1%.
The same source says that the United States is 81.7% white, "black 12.9%, Asian 4.2%, Amerindian and Alaska native 1%, native Hawaiian and other Pacific islander 0.2% (2003 est.) note: a separate listing for Hispanic is not included because the US Census Bureau considers Hispanic to mean a person of Latin American descent (including persons of Cuban,
Mexican, or Puerto Rican origin) living in the US who may be of any race or ethnic group (white, black, Asian, etc.)."
So, at least 90 percent of Mexicans have Indian blood and less than 1 percent of so-called Americans have indigenous blood. Moreover, most Mexicans who cross the border are not European like Euro-Americans.
With all of the problems that the world has, it is tragic that we even have to deal with a mega corporation attacking the children at the Semillas Charter School. It is beyond my comprehension. During the Depression, our house was always full of strangers who came to eat. My mother would always say, echale mas agua a los frijoles (put more water in the beans).
But, I have to remind myself. Disney is not about Mickey Mouse, it is about making money.