mexican youth

kent parson is mexican.

hear me out. he’s from ny, right? nyc’s latinx population (boricuas & dominicanos, primarily, but there’s a not insignificant population of other caribeñxs and latinxs in general) is significant. they changed the face of hip hop honestly. as a mexicana, im going to make him mexican, but feel free 2 make him boricua or cubano or whatever u want ! make him latinx.

anyway. about mexican!kent.

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Mexico’s border patrol racially profiles, and is not good at it

The story below illustrates two massive problems with Mexico’s immigration policy:

1) Mexico is profiling people, assuming that anyone who is indigenous cannot be Mexican. Myths of mestizaje and la raza cósmica aside, there are a lot of indigenous peoples who are Mexican citizens. 

2) If Mexico is torturing its own citizens, it seems likely that it is also torturing people who are migrants and/or asylum seekers. Torturing asylum seekers is illegal and abhorrent.

Via the Guardian (because I couldn’t find this in US-based newspapers):

Amy and Esther Juárez were edgy with excitement as they boarded the bus full of seasonal workers heading for a farm at the other end of Mexico from their home in the poverty-stricken southern state of Chiapas.

Although their brother Alberto,18, had made the same journey the previous year, it was the first time Amy, 24, and Esther, 15, had left the tiny indigenous community where they had grown up.

But about half-way there, immigration agents boarded the bus, and after checking all the passengers’ papers, ordered the three siblings to get off.

The officials accused them of carrying false documents and lying about their nationality. Then they told the youngsters that they would be deported to Guatemala, a country none would have been able to place on a map.

The baffled youngsters – who speak the Mayan language Tzeltal but very little Spanish – were transferred to an immigration holding centre in Queretero city.

Alberto, 18, was taken into a separate room by four agents who told him that unless he signed documents admitting he was Guatemalan, would die there.

One pushed me, another was kicking my leg, and a third who was very fat gave me an electric shock here, on the back of my right hand,” Alberto told the Guardian through a translator.

“I really thought I was going to die, so I signed lots of sheets of paper – but I can’t read or write so I didn’t know what I was signing.”

The three siblings were held for eight days before a lawyer from an activist group filed a legal complaint and eventually secured their release.

A growing number of indigenous Mexicans are being detained and threatened with expulsion by immigration agents looking for undocumented Central American migrants.

The trend comes amid a crackdown on migrants driven in part by political pressure and financial aid from the US. Deportations have already risen exponentially since summer 2014 when Barack Obama declared the surge in Central American child migrants a humanitarian crisis. Campaigners say that Mexico migration officials are running a secret quota system to increase the number of expulsions.

Activists say that Mexico’s National Immigration Institute is increasingly operating like an unchecked police force – and say that that like the country’s security forces, it appears to be systematically using torture against detainees.

“The order appears to be to detain Central Americans at any cost, even if that means violating the constitution, picking up people based on racist criteria and detaining and deporting Mexican indigenous youth along the way,” said Gretchen Kuhener, director of the Institute for Women in Migration (IMUMI), which launched legal action to secure the siblings’ release. The Mexican constitution states that citizens can move freely within the country, and do not need to carry ID.

Kuhener added: “This case demonstrates the power and impunity of the National Migration Institute. They can get away with it because it impacts highly vulnerable populations who may not speak Spanish, don’t know their rights, and are unlikely to complain.”

Today in history: March 27, 1969 - The first National Chicano Youth Liberation Conference in Denver, Colorado begins, bringing together 1,500 Mexican American youth from around the U.S.

El Plan Espiritual de Aztlán (The Spiritual Plan of Aztlán) was adopted, which drafted some basic premises for the Chicana / Chicano Movement. The plan presented a clear statement of the growing national consciousness of the Chicano people. It raised the concept of Aztlán, a Chicano nation, and the need for Chicano self-determination. The Chicano student group MEChA also grew out of the conference. During the conference, the participants marched to the Colorado state capitol building, lowered the Colorado State Flag and flew the Mexican flag declaring Colorado “liberated territory of Aztlán.”

(image: Somos Aztlán wall mural by Emilio Aguayo at Ethnic Cultural Center, Seattle, WA)

Via Freedom Road Socialist Organization (Fight Back!)

Let's talk some fútbol, cabrón.
So here’s my deal with Mexico. Before anyone gets mistaken, I’m a proud USMNT fan. I go pretty hardcore with my team. But I’m also a rationalized person. I call it how I see it. I’m a respectful fan, and not a hater. 
Mexico vs. USA is my favorite rivalry of all time. There’s so much emotions going into the game. Mexico wants to prove that they’re the kings of CONCACAF, and USA wants to prove that they got what it takes to beat them. We’re like brothers, if you may, always trying to outshine the other. And of course, you can’t help but compare yourself to them. 
I’ve been keeping an eye on Mexico for a while now, and I’m ridiculously impressed by their team as a whole. I fear that they’ll be entering their Golden Age soon. Last summer they killed almost every tournament. They were crowned Gold Cup champs. Their Sub-17 won the World Cup and their Sub-20 came in third. The only competition they didn’t do well was Copa America.  But that’s only because they were restricted to play their Sub-23 team.
Know what? *bites my tounge* I admire Mexico. But at the same time I hate them. I admire their style of play, they’re quick, entertaining, risk-takers, they’re youth are killing it, and they have a system working so well for them. There senior team were in a 13-game winning streak, winning all of their games both home and away. (Mexico, USA, Europe). This is everything the US entirely lacks. And that’s why I hate them. As they’re improving drastically, we’re still stuck behind trying to climb over that wall.
Dos Santos, Barrera, Guardado, Aquino, Moreno, Fabian. Mexico has a killer offense right now. Fabulous playmakers and classic strikers. 
I was checking out some of their previous games, and I noticed something. Luckily for the US their only weakness seems to be their defense. I went to ask a Mexican friend of mine, “Do Mexico even have a solid defense? We don’t really get to see them because of their midfielders great work of pushing forward.”
In response he told me: “Our best defense is our midfield and our offense. We rely heavily on keeping the other team pinned on their own half in most games. Our D is known for its mistakes and terrible set piece defense.”
And I see it. That’s the only way the US can score goals on Mexico. Take for instance, Michael Bradleys goal in the Gold Cup Final, that was off a corner kick. And once Landon was able to infiltrate Mexicos defense, he was let out loose. 
Mexico have a bright future ahead of them. I’ve seen their youth, and boy what a talented group. Fierro (my personal favorite), Espericueta, Gomez, Bueno, Casillas. They have a wide selection of youth.

Now that brings me back to our beloved USMNT. Don’t get me wrong, we’re improving as well, but not as much as I’d like to. I know these things take time. But are we ready for Brazil 2014 World Cup? Are we capable of top 8? These things don’t happen in three years. If we want to be like Germany (just an example), we need to construct from the bottom up. First attack the youth, because they’re the next generation. I want our own style of play. I want the full 90 minutes to be beautiful football. Brazil has Joga Bonito. Holland has Total Football. Spain has Tiki Taka. What will the US have?

Josefina Fierro de Bright was born in Mexico in 1920. She grew up in farm labor camps as the daughter of a bordera who served meals to migrant workers in Maderna, California . Josefina gave up her studies at UCLA to become an organizer, and her style was described by veteran longshoremen’s leader Bert Corona as gutsy, flamboyant, and tough. As executive secretary of El Congreso (the first national Latino civil rights org) from 1939 to the mid-1940s, she organized protests against racism in the LA Schools, against the exclusion of Mexican-American youths from public swimming pools, and against police brutality. In 1942, she was a key figure in organizing the Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee, to support the seventeen Chicano youths held without bail on little evidence for the alleged killing of one youth. With Moreno, she helped to coordinate El Congreso’s support for Spanish-speaking workers in the furniture, shoe manufacturing, electrical, garment, and longshoremen’s unions. –from Dolores Hayden, “Reinterpreting Latina History at the Embassy Auditorium,” The Power of Place: Urban Landscapes as Public History.

Trump starts all of his rallies by having a hype man, the same one every time, get the crowd fired up by claiming illegal Mexicans are murdering America’s youth. No really…it’s super fucked up, and since Trump isn’t directly saying it he can’t be quoted as saying it. What’s even more fucked up is the crowd, without fail, responds with prideful, fiery cheers .