TO STEVEN SPIELBERG:
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We, at first, were surprised and shocked to see your company's name attached to this racist attack on our Mexican and "Central American" Indigenous history, heritage, and dignity. Your film portrays the only three Indigenous characters as: one who is pure evil; another one who is cowardly and stupid; and the third one who is a thief and a whore who offers herself sexually to the "white man". That, plain and simple, is racist.
How else is this film racist? This film ignores and hides the genocide and other crimes perpetrated by the Spaniards. It portrays the Spaniards as fun-loving adventurers, innocent of the Nazi-like crimes that were committed against us. It makes insignificant the destruction of our civilizations, their enslavement of our people, the rape of our population, the destruction of our culture, and their continuation of these crimes to the present day (see bibliography at end of this letter; also see proof of this with Spanish language television's blatantly anti-Indigenous colonialist imposition of the Hispanic and Latino labels on our non-Hispanic and non-Latino Indigenous-majority population).
Racism is alive and powerful in your film! It is hard to understand how a film like this ever got produced, outside of Hitler's Germany or early 20th century America (BIRTH OF A NATION and other films like it). What is harder still to understand is how anyone from the Jewish community would support this movie. We are particularly disappointed in you because you are the man who made that great and powerful film: SCHINDLER'S LIST. You should know better, in light of the Jewish community's concern with the denial of the holocaust. It is beyond belief to find that you have joined with the rest of the media and the prevailing wind of "passive" (subliminal and polite) racism that denies the existence of the 16th century Nazi-like Spaniard genocide of our people in Mexico and "Central America".
The time has come for us to confront you for following racist convention in your film. We DEMAND that you stop the distribution of this film that is nothing but racism, sexism, lies, insults, and ignorance.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION:
The Spaniards wiped out the Indigenous population of the Caribbean (variously estimated at 3 to 10 million human lives). In Mexico and "Central America" they killed 23 million of our people (killing 95% of our population from 1519 to 1580). This is all well documented. These Spaniards were not "explorers", "adventurers", "frontiersmen", "romantic guys" or any other such euphemism. They were pirates, thieves, murderers, enslavers, rapists, graverobbers, kidnappers, savages, and serial genocidal maniacs who committed their crimes through five centuries of European and European squatter (so-called settler) trespassing, profit-taking, greed, and lies. There was a European collective failure of conscience, morality, ethics, and justice that could have stopped these uncivilized crimes. "Do unto others as you would have done unto you" totally failed. Christianity failed because there was no sign of Christianity in the Europeans who invaded. "Western Civilization" failed because there was nothing civilized in their invasion of our lands. This invasion set records of land theft, genocide, enslavement, injustice, and duration of these crimes against humanity.
In addition to the serial (1492 to the present) genocide perpetrated against our people, the Spaniards also executed our leadership (Spaniards had a particular skill for killing our people when they were unarmed) , destroyed our cities (three of them larger than Europe's largest city, which was London at that time), burned our libraries (we had books, literature, universities, a calendar, mathematics, astronomy, and many other "civilized requirements"), and finally they culturally castrated our people so that we were unable to make our own history or to reproduce ourselves authentically and free, as an independent Indigenous people.
THE CRIMES CONTINUE:
The descendants of these Spaniards, and other Europeans, did and are doing these crimes against us in order to continue possessing our land and to enslave us to the interests of all the Europeans who control the world's land, labor, education, and commerce.. This enslavement is still going on (look at the white faces of Spanish language television that dominate our lives, and the loss of our Indigenous languages and heritage, and also look at the fact that the richest and most powerful people in Mexico are still the "full-blood" European descendants of Spaniards–––it's not because they're smarter, it's because they are still profiting from the crimes of their ancestors).
In an earlier version of this letter we had written, "It is obvious that you are not consciously working to distort our history and of course you are not intentionally denying the genocide of our people." We no longer believe that statement because you have repeatedly ignored our complaints. You are more than just passively participating in the ugly secret of the Spaniards. You are aggressively, commercially, aiming this film at children and their parents, of all races and cultures around the world, who will be poisoned with your racist lies. In this, you are guilty of spreading racist propaganda against the Indigenous people of Mexico and "Central America", and elsewhere in this hemisphere. It is irresponsible of you, and it is disrespectful to our people, to project your racist and genocide-denying film to the children and the people of the world.
Instead of this attack on our history and culture –––where you have the evil Indigenous priest (a caricature along the lines of Nazi-portrayed rabbis), and our people being portrayed as buffoons, whores, and cowards–––you could have educated the world on the beauty of the world that existed here before the invasion of the Spaniards. You could have shown the Spaniards in the full truth of their own words. You can find all of these words (without a hint of shame) in their own journals, chronicles, and other written evidence that details their Nazi-like crimes.
You and the rest of "Western Civilization" cannot continue with the denial of the genocide of our people––and the lies, omissions, distortions, and biases that cover up the true history of Europeans in the Western Hemisphere.
The Spaniards and the rest of the Europeans were not invited here. No matter how many lies are told, this fact cannot change. We did not freely offer up our land, our labor, our wealth, our lives, or our women. Nor did we freely accept the cultural and physical enslavement of our people. We will not allow the destruction of our civilizations and the genocide of 95% (23 million human lives) of our population to be forgotten––just because it is an inconvenience and embarrassment to most of the European Squatter Nations in the Western Hemisphere.
This complaint is about crimes against humanity, much like the crimes against the Jews in World War II. Hidden crimes. Hiding crimes. Ignoring crimes. Your film callously laughs at our near extinction. It ridicules our civilization, our theology, and the worth of our lives and dignity. You demonize our clergy, and our people as a whole. All of this negativity is of course in the context of an implied perfection of society in Europe at the same time. That is a lie. Look at the racist treatment of Jews in Europe of the 1500's, as an example of uncivilized European behavior. There were burnings of heretics (a form of human sacrifice) and the tortures and killings of the Catholic Inquisition. Europe's society was far from just, far from being truly civilized (by today's standards, which is how we are being judged).
ROAD TO EL DORADO is done as if we no longer exist. There are over 40 million full-blood Indigenous people in Mexico and "Central America" alone, another 90 million of us who are mixed-blood Indigenous people, not counting those 20 to 25 million full-blood and mixed-blood Indigenous people of Mexican and "Central American" descent in the "United States".
You and the Jewish community (and our own community) would be justifiably upset if this cartoon was about a Nazi commandant (portrayed as a happy-go-lucky romantic guy) in a "recreational" Jewish camp during World War II. In that Jewish "recreational" camp he is constantly looking to get rich off of the Jewish campers. Add to this, that he falls in love (lust) with a Jewish girl and then lives happily ever after with the wealth he mysteriously acquires from Jews at the camp–––without ever mentioning Nazi racism, persecution of Jews in Europe, or the holocaust of the Jewish people. You would not accept this as a "complete fantasy/fairy tale" that is "not based on any historical fact or reality" and that it is without "political overtones of any kind"–––as your DREAMWORKS head of marketing wrote to us in her letter in reference to ROAD TO EL DORADO.
We DEMAND that you:
1) Stop the distribution of this film. Our children will suffer untold horrors of racism (additional to the European imposed self-hate and ignorance of identity and history that is already there) as a result of this film. The rest of the children of the world will learn racist sociopathic attitudes and reaffirm their distortions, lies, and ignorance about the Indigenous people and the civilizations of Mexico and "Central America".
2) Destroy this film. It will haunt you the rest of your life, or leave you remembered much like Leni Riefenstahl––who is now only remembered as a Nazi propagandist. Or at best like D.W. Griffith (BIRTH OF A NATION) who is acknowledged but not personally admired by most decent people.
We PROPOSE that you make amends by:
1) Do a commercial television mini-series (along the lines of ROOTS) that will tell of the glory and the pride of 4,300 years of Indigenous Anahuac (Mexico and "Central America") civilization.
2) Encourage Universal Studios, and the other media that employs less than one percent of our population in above the line positions (our Indigenous Mexican and "Central American" population is about half of the population of Los Angeles county and over 70% of the school children in the county school system), to build a Mexican and "Central American" Indigenous museum that will tell the world of the details of our 4,300 years of civilization, and the horrors of the genocide of our people and the destruction of our civilizations.
3) Currently the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles denies, by ignoring and failing to realistically present, the genocide of our people. We would appreciate your influence in correcting that disgraceful, infamous, and dishonorable Eurocentric omission that may have lead to your actions and inactions on this film.
THIS BOYCOTT WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT
UNTIL THE RACIST FILM "THE ROAD TO EL DORADO"
IS REMOVED FROM CIRCULATION:
NO VIDEOS, NO CABLE AIRINGS, NO COMMERCIAL TELEVISION AIRINGS,
NO AIRINGS ANYWHERE!
Last updated August 24, 2005
FACTS Y O U S H O U L D K N O W !
MEXICA Mexica (Meh-shee-kah) is the original Nahuatl (the so-called Aztec language) way of pronouncing Mexican, Mexicano, and Chicano and Chicana. The Mexica was the last of our great Anahuac civilizations (1325 to 1521). Mexica is the only one of our cultures and civilizations which has enough surviving material from which we can reconstruct our Anahuac nation. The Mexica were victims of an ethnocide that left no one today who can authentically call themselves Mexica, much like in Italy there is no one who can authentically call themselves Roman. Therefore, the rest of us who have lost all of our civilization identity and culture or tribal identity and culture, and even those of us who have a civilization or tribal identity, can and should embrace Mexica identity as a collective identity for all of us that we use in order to reconstruct our Anahuac nation and as a means of Liberation. Mexica does not negate Maya or Huichol or Comanche or Shoshone or any of our other Nican Tlaca (Indigenous) civilizations or cultures. Mexica is our point of unity and our means of reconstructing all of our nation.
ANAHUAC Anahuac (Ah-nah-wak) is the true name of our nation. We are all part of the Anahuac civilization that gave us the Olmeca, Zapoteca, Teotihuacan-Toltec, Maya and Mexica civilizations. The Mexica part of our Anahuac heritage is how we can reconstruct ourselves as a Nican Tlaca (Indigenous) nation, as the Anahuac Nation. We have historic, cultural, linguistic, and racial factors that make us one Anahuac nation, which includes all of our civilizations and cultures. The Mexica heritage gives us a history, language, theology, and study base from which we can rebuild all of our Anahuac heritage. We are a beautiful mosaic of civilizations and cultures throughout this whole continent that Europeans call "America". But this is not "America", this is Anahuac.
NICAN TLACA Nican Tlaca is our Nahuatl (Mexica) language way of saying "We the people here", in reference to all of us who are Indigenous to Cemanahuac (what Europeans call "the Western Hemisphere") and more specific to Anahuac which is the northern part of Cemanahuac (which is falsely called "North America"). Nican Tlaca refers to all of the people of our race in the "Western Hemisphere". We are not Indians or indios because those are the people of a nation called India. We are also not "Native American" because we are not related to Amerigo Vespucci, nor do we accept the concept of "Native" because it is always used in a derogatory manner. Notice how there are no "Native" Europeans.
NOT MESTIZO Mestizo is a racist term imposed on us by the Europeans. Mestizo (Mixed-blood)as an identity denies us our full humanity, it enslaves us to the European world. Full-blood or Mixed-blood we are still Nican Tlaca. Being Mixed-blood (so-called Mestizo) does not stop us from being Nican Tlaca, no matter how "white" one looks. The shades and physical looks of our Mixed-blood people are just scars from the rape of our nation. The scars do not define us! Our history, our heritage, and our continent ARE what defines us.
"CENTRAL AMERICA" "Central America" was artificially created in 1823. Before that date we were all part of Anahuac. Anahuac includes Mexico, "Central America", Canada and the so-called U.S. We are not "Central Americans", therefore we use that term it quotes to reject it; while at the same time we know that most of our people are ignorant to its racist and colonial terms and that is the only way that they will know what we are talking about. Much like us using the English or Spanish language, we use them in order to communicate with our people but we know that they are not our languages. If we wrote the whole website just in Nahuatl or Maya the majority of our people would not understand a word of our website.
NOT HISPANIC Hispanics are the Spaniards, the people of Spain. We are not Spaniards! We are Mexica! We are the people of Anahuac. We are the Nican Tlaca (Indigenous people) of this continent, the true owners of this continent. We are not Spaniards or the property of Spain. Calling ourselves "Hispanic" denies us our true Nican Tlaca Anahuac identity, history and heritage. It enslaves us to the interests of the "Spanish" white world. Calling our people Hispanic is racist. Calling our people Hispanic is like calling the African descent people in the U.S. Britannic because they have British names and because they speak English.
NOT LATINO Latinos are the Latins: Southern Europeans--the Spaniards, French, and Portuguese. Calling ourselves "Latino" makes us cultural slaves of Europeans. Like Hispanic, Latino is cultural suicide. It is cultural genocide. It betrays our true Nican Tlaca ancestors.
NOT RAZA "Raza" is not an identity. "Raza" is basically the same thing as using the Eurocentric term "Mestizo"--it takes pride in Spanish blood (what little or nothing that we may have) and puts shame in our Nican Tlaca blood and culture. Calling ourselves "Raza" is a way of saying, "I'm not an 'Indio', I have some, mostly, Spanish blood". In Mexico "Dia de la Raza" is celebrated on October 12---Columbus Day. Imagine that! We are celebrating the rape of our mothers, the rape of our nation, the enslavement of our people.
EUROPEAN, WHITE AND CRIOLLO are basically the same thing. These are "White" people who are on our continent. Europeans can call themselves "Canadian" or "American" but their homeland is still Europe and they are still trespassing on our continent. A Criollo is someone of "authentic Spanish-European" descent who is still on our land exploiting our people, our resources and our wealth. GENOCIDE as defined by Raphael Lemkin, "...is the planned annihilation [killing] of a national [Mexican] or racial group by a variety of actions [biological warfare, oppression, enslavement] aimed at undermining the foundations essential to the survival of the group [Nican Tlaca of Anahuac] as a group.
MEXICA MOVEMENT is leading the way with actions that defend our people, actions that provide a vision for the liberation of our people, actions that confront the racism against us and the occupation of our continent by Europeans. We declare ourselves independent from the Hispanic-Latino European colonialism and racism that has enslaved us for over 500 years.
1) Study this document and go to our website for more information: www.mexica-movement.org
2) Read the recommended books listed below under BIBLIOGRAPHY.
3) If you can't get your books from your local library buy them from the powells.com
4) Share your knowledge! Make good quality copies of this material and pass it on.
5) Study the materials and the website. If you live in the Los Angeles area call us at (323) 981-0352 so you can visit us, join us in activities, or to become a supporter. You can also donate money to support our movement (we are a non-profit organization).
6) Once you understand our philosophy, and you have found the courage to change your life, become a part of the Mexica Movement.
(Read in this order, please)
1 Daily Life of the Aztecs by Jacques Soustelle
2 Mexico by Michael Coe
3 Mexico Profundo by Guillermo Bonfil Batalla
4 American Holocaust by David E. Stannard
5 Anahuac Book by Olin Tezcatlipoca
6 Year 501 by Noam Chomsky
7 Colonizer's Model of the World by J.M. Blaut
8 Mexica Handbook by Olin Tezcatlipoca
9 Mexico?s Indigenous Past by Lopez Austin and Lopez Lujan
10 American Indian Contributions to the World by Emory Dean Keoke & Kay Marie Porterfield
CHRONOLOGY AND OTHER REFERENCES:
10 Latin America: From Colonization To Globalization by Noam Chomsky
11 Encyclopedia of World History 6th Edition by Peter Stam
12 Oxford Atlas of History 2002 by Oxford Press
13 Course of Mexican History by Michael C. Meyer and William L. Sherman
14 Oxford History of Mexico 2000 by Michael Meyer and William Beezley
15 In the Language of Kings by Miguel Leon-Portilla
16 Skywatchers by Anthony F. Aveni
17 Flayed God (out of print) by Roberta and Peter Markman
© COPYRIGHT 2002-2005 Olin Tezcatlipoca
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Hispanic, Latino, Raza, and Mestizo as terms that deny us our heritage
Hispanic, Latino, Raza, and Mestizo as terms that deny us our humanity.
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Hispanic, Latino, Raza, and Mestizo as terms that serve the colonial Spaniards in their destruction of our people.
Hispanic, Latino, Raza, and Mestizo as terms that enslave us to the interests of the Europeans.
Hispanic, Latino, Raza, and Mestizo as terms that economically enslave us to Spaniard interests.
Hispanic, Latino, Raza, and Mestizo as terms that have destroyed our Nican Tlaca identity.
Hispanic, Latino, Raza, and Mestizo as terms that have destroyed our Mexica Identity.
Hispanic, Latino, Raza, and Mestizo as terms that have undermined our struggle for independence.
Hispanic, Latino, Raza, and Mestizo as terms that have encouraged self hate.
Hispanic, Latino, Raza, and Mestizo as terms that have fanned the flames of gangs.
Hispanic, Latino, Raza, and Mestizo as terms that have given gusano cubanos control over our lives.
Hispanic, Latino, Raza, and Mestizo as terms that have taken our media away from our control.
Hispanic, Latino, Raza, and Mestizo as terms that have taken our education systems away form our control.
Hispanic, Latino, Raza, and Mestizo as terms that have inflicted the blond-red hair dyes of self-hate.
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Hispanic, Latino, Raza, and Mestizo as terms that have inflicted the blue-eyed contacts of self-hate into our communities.
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Hispanic, Latino, Raza, and Mestizo as terms that have destroyed the concept of Honduran.
Hispanic, Latino, Raza, and Mestizo as terms that have destroyed the concept of NIcaraguan.
Hispanic, Latino, Raza, and Mestizo as terms that have destroyed the concept of Nicoya (Costa Rican).
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