A response to LA Taco’s “Homies for Trump” or in defense of foos.

Recently an article came up on my facebook feed named “HOMIES FOR TRUMP: UNPACKING THE CONFUSION IN LATINOS WHO SUPPORT HIM IN THE FOO COMMUNITY”, not wanting to miss a chance at taking another swing at what can only be described as traitors and backstabbers, vendidos AND vendepatrias I proceeded to read the piece. The article starts off very good stating that “Homies for Trump: are three words that many adults who grew up in the barrios of progressive epicenters like Los Angeles probably would have never imagined seeing next to each other.” this in itself is true. Who would’ve thought that in what many have called “the capital of Aztlan” we would be seeing our own blatantly turn their back on their people. But in honest reality it wouldn’t be anything new, every people have their traitors, compradors and sellouts. We do too. The article then goes on to mention that “Latinos are not a monolith” something again we could agree with. The writer Nathan Solis also makes a good point about how groups like “Latinos for Trump” help whites psychologically not feel as guilty about what they’re doing or claim to believe. I guess the walls to Trump supporters safe space are made out of Coconut husks and Oreos as well. But after or besides that the confusion starts and goes down a hole that mixes woke mepa neoliberal politics and straight up Miami Gusanismo.

The writer goes on to do what liberals and the right wing constantly have done and that is to mask something inherently Chicano Mexicano as “Latino” but use it to bash the Chicano Mexicano nation inside of the “USA”. Pointing the finger directly at the rapidly emerging Chicano subculture that is very much alive in the Barrios and Social Media, the piece mentions “the foo community”. ( As far back as I can remember I was in the 6th grade at Morningside Elementary in San Fernando, Califas when Chicano youth began referring to each other as “foo” this was around 1992 or 93. The word gained popularity over the various other terms although these are still used, (homie, homes, carnal, ese, vato, etc). Almost 30 years later from the first time I heard this word and it made its way into my personal lexicon the advent of social media and well time itself has popularized it far and beyond the traditional Chicano Mexicano cultural region of the Southwest/Aztlan.) Back to the point, Nathan Solis the writer goes on to use La Raza as the political pinata that everyone likes to smack around when convenient. What the article fails to realize is that: There is no “Latino” community, rather this “Latino” group is really a set of separate nations the largest and oldest within the confines of the USA being the Chicano Mexicano. This mashed up ball for the most part brown are groups with vastly different histories and experiences. For example: There is a huge difference between a “Foo” in any Barrio and a white Miami Cuban gusano that abandoned their nation because of the Cuban peoples heroic revolutionary struggle. Chicanos Mexicanos are constantly denied any identity by all means. This actual erasure of the majority Chicano people leaves Chicanos for the most part without a political identity of any sorts. Therefore Chicanos, minus the minority that is involved in one way or another with the Chicano Movement grab on to whatever they can find and that is either Neoliberal politics or relatively few but obnoxiously loud like an annoying kid that needs a few chanclasos.

Point 2 is very important as the writer horribly ignores it or really just doesn’t know himself but goes and attributes the “appeal” of Trump to “Latinos” and by Latinos hes obviously talking about Chicanos Mexicanos to “Toxic Masculinity” or what is stereotypically called “Machismo”, while Machismo is something terrible and real and should be combatted, what is called “machismo” in our community is Male Chauvinism, Patriarchy etc and that is inherent in a colonial capitalist society that developed out of that. To point the finger at “machismo” within the “Latino” community is to accept racist stereotypes about our people. Every group again because of the society we live in has an element of Patriarchy accepting the idea that Chicanos Mexicanos or “Latinos” are in some inexplicable way “Machistas” is the same as accepting that La Chicana or “Latinas” are some sort of exotic spicy latina that carries a knife. Both are horrible stereotypes created to justify the dehumanization of our people. In one case the male as violent and dangerous and the woman as a sexualized exotic object to be conquered by the white male and rescued by him from this dangerous macho. As if that wasn’t enough, Solis does the good ol’ Liberal trope of comparing someone like Comandante Hugo Chavez who like his successor Pres. Nicolas Maduro have won election after elections, have struggled to overturn centuries of exploitation and terror at the hands of European colonizers and imperialists while at the same time having to deal with illegal US sanctions, constant threats, covert attacks, and funding of violent far right opposition groups to compare such men and their heroic peoples to something like Trump? Should it be any mystery that this oft used Liberal trope plays right into the hands of right wing Miami Gusanidad who surprise, surprise support Trump? Trump never won an election, Trump wasn’t a Union leader, bus driver or former paratrooper that came from humble beginnings like either Chavez or Maduro. Trump hasn’t expanded social programs and struggled to raise the consciousness of his nation. Trump belongs to a settler nation that is squatting on native lands/Aztlan and has as a matter of fact attacked social programs. Trump inherited his wealth from a racist robber baron family and hasn’t ever worked a day in his life. To compare such men as Chavez to this filth of Trump is complete and total laziness and disgusting. Chavez and Maduro have both in fact been criticized in the left for not being more strong handed with the opposition who has been allowed to run amok, running candidates and holding political offices, calling for the assassination of either Chavez or Maduro and other democratically elected political leaders on television and in public events, calling for violence in the streets, hiding and destroying food and other necessities, beating, attacking and even murdering activists. I don’t know of any anti Trump leader who has gone on television to even mention any sort of action of this nature against Trump, Pence or any Republican leadership. There is no actual organized and strong enough political opposition to the corporate duopoly much less an organized opposition receiving millions of dollars by another country. Again to make such a comparison from Trump to Chavez is both completely lazy and disgusting. At the very end what we need to take from this is that our presence in the USA is hard to ignore although it constantly is. If we don’t organize a vibrant and powerful alternative that can bring some sort of cohesion for La Raza, an overwhelmingly working class community then we will continue seeing our brothers and sisters join one side out of fear or betray everything for a pat on the back.

Ernesto Ayala

La Raza Unida


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