Legal, shmegal. We stole that chunk of Mexico fair and square.

Dear Mexican: When the Second World War ended, the Germans and Japanese had to return all territories they had acquired by force. The United States acquired most of the West by force from Mexico, due to the war with Mexico. Agreed the United States won the war with Mexico, but did that make it right? I do not think so, so why does Mexico not go to the World Court and sue? I know the United States won't acquiesce if it were to lose, but at least the taking of Mexican territory would be branded an illegal act. I know to some this will sound un-American, but I think it is totally American—it's called righting a wrong. I was born in Alabama, a state that knows a lot about being un-American (remember the Civil War?) and raised in Virginia, another state that knows a lot about being un-American (again, the Civil War), and Washington, D.C., whose citizens have less rights than other Americans. My heritage is English-Irish, so the only ax I have to grind is to see to it my country commits as few wrongs as possible.

—Bob

Dear Beto: I like your thinking! Alas, it wouldn't fly—although the Mexican-American War was a blatant imperial land grab, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was an official document that ended the war. Signed under duress, yes, but nevertheless relatively ironclad. Besides, the United States considers the International Court of Justice a clown court (as you correctly note) whose issued opinions mean mierda if they go against the Stars and Stripes—see 1984's Nicaragua vs. United States, where the court correctly ruled the United States illegally supported the Contras, only to have Reagan consider the decision as meaningful as striking air-traffic controllers. Finally, why bother with legal systems when demographic reality is doing it for us? Didja hear that former U.S. Census director Steve Murdoch recently studied the population trends of Texas and told the state's House of Representatives' Mexican American Legislative Caucus, "Basically, it's over for Anglos in Texas"? That's the future, folks: the end of the gabacho race, and the Mexican says it's a good thing—not so much for Reconquista purposes, but because that just means more intermarriage will happen and finish our racialist games once and for all. Because nothing stops racism like a hot mamacita or a cute, fecund gabacha.

I have a few online gal pals. The ones who are Mexicans have an affinity for composing mail in ALL CAPS. It doesn't particularly annoy me; I just wondered if there is a cultural significance behind this larger-than-life correspondence style.

—Curioso Amarillo

Dear Curious Yellow: Because they are LOUD. Funny thing is that the Spanish language generally capitalizes words less than English, so we can't blame the all-caps on their Mexi side, for once, or for the fact that sOmE wRiTe lIkEa tHiS.

GOOD MEXICAN OF THE WEEK! Most of you know Lalo Alcaraz, the nationally syndicated cartoonist behind the comic strip, La Cucaracha (and if you don't know him, think of Alcaraz as Gary Trudeau meets Aaron McGruder meets the end of a tequila bottle). But this plug is for his Twitter account, one of the better stream-of-consciousness experiments out there. Better yet? Unlike other funnymen, Alcaraz responds to EVERYTHING—especially nasty remarks, which makes him even more chistoso. Follow the carbon at twitter.com/laloalcaraz, or find him online at pocho.com

 
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Nunyabizness
Nunyabizness

how stupid is this arguement ?! if we gave it back then what - all the lands we "stole" would then suck like the rest of mexico ?? good strat keep up the chaotic babble ffs

lokii
lokii

Oh No!!! No other country ever had land taken away when losing a war. While your at the courts you can give all of Mexico's existing territory back to the native americans that the Spanish and Mexican people took. What a joke of an article.

Joshua
Joshua

The USA PAID Mexico for the territory in the SWest.

Can you IMAGINE what TEXAS would be like TODAY, if MEXICO still owned it! Ha Ha Ha...it would be undeveloped, poor and no roads or schools, selling tourist trinkets and drugs and sneaking into Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico for some JOBS.

Judy Wilson
Judy Wilson

My family came over on the Mayflower and I am a direct descendent of Governor William Bradford and have the documents to be able to belong to the Mayflower Society. After being in Texas for a long time I decided I wanted to know more about the Maine Indians. The branch library pulled me what they had from the main library. They were student grade books but that was all right with me. There was a big bold and black bordered piece that gave a statement that my ancestor was supposed to have said. I was shocked at what he said. As best as I can remember it went something like: "God was on our side. He made the Indians sick and we killed the rest or what we could. Well, my ancestor wasn't with the mental program obviously. And, that was in a book for kids to read.

America is stolen land from all the natives that lived here. Their treatment was in human and insane. The King Of England paid a ransome for every one that the settlers killed. They brought the scalpes in to collect their reward for the killing. Over twenty million American Indians were killed. That is ten million more that was lost of the Jews in Poland and Germany. America is an occupied territory and taken in vast greed with no thought of the peoples who were the originals to live here.

My sincere apologies to all the original peoples that were here first and the treatments you have suffered by a people that were not coming from spirit but egos!

May the Creator be with you all!

J. Wilson

NatWu
NatWu

Texas was stolen by white immigrants who later annexed it to the US. The original Spanish/Mexican settlers fought for independence, but were overwhelmed by illegal white immigrants. You shouldn't complain; if the first theft was legal, how can the second one not be? But shit, who cares? The land belongs to the Indians anyway, so screw all y'all.

Joshua
Joshua

Worse than THAT....we killed all the Buffalo!!!!! And CUT DOWN TREES and DAMMED UP rivers and stuff.

Damn we are terrible folk.....glad we are not like the good ole Europeans, Asians, and Slavs who NEVER did any war or killing or anything.

Wilson...your ancestors had balls. sorry you were born without any.

NatWu
NatWu

We're just sorry you were born. Europeans were such assholes they decided to kill every good thing on this continent. I guess you're a true European yourself!

 
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