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Most of my Latino and black people who are struggling to get food, clothes
and shelter in the hood are so concerned with that, that philosophising
about freedom and socialist democracy is usually unfortunately beyond their
rationale. They don't realize that America can't exist without separating
them from their identity, because if we had some sense of who we really
are, there's no way in hell we'd allow this country to push it's genocidal
consensus on our homelands. This ignorance exists, but it can be destroyed.

Niggas talk about change and working within the system to achieve that. The
problem with always being a conformist is that when you try to change the
system from within, it's not you who changes the system; it's the system
that will eventually change you. There is usually nothing wrong with
compromise in a situation, but compromising yourself in a situation is
another story completely, and I have seen this happen long enough in the
few years that I've been alive to know that it's a serious problem. Latino
America is a huge colony of countries whose presidents are cowards in the
face of economic imperialism. You see, third world countries are rich
places, abundant in resources, and many of these countries have the
capacity to feed their starving people and the children we always see
digging for food in trash on commercials. But plutocracies, in other words
a government run by the rich such as this one and traditionally oppressive
European states, force the third world into buying overpriced, unnecessary
goods while exporting huge portions of their natural resources.

I'm quite sure that people will look upon my attitude and sentiments and
look for hypocrisy and hatred in my words. My revolution is born out of
love for my people, not hatred for others.

You see, most of Latinos are here because of the great inflation that was
caused by American companies in Latin America. Aside from that, many are
seeking a life away from the puppet democracies that were funded by the
United States; places like El Salvador, Guatemala, Peru, Colombia,
Nicaragua, Ecuador and Republica Dominicana, and not just Spanish-speaking
countries either, but Haiti and Jamaica as well.

As different as we have been taught to look at each other by colonial
society, we are in the same struggle and until we realize that, we'll be
fighting for scraps from the table of a system that has kept us subservient
instead of being self-determined. And that's why we have no control over
when the embargo will stop in Cuba, or when the bombs will stop dropping in
Vieques.

But you see, here in America the attitude that is fed to us is that outside
of America there live lesser people. "Fuck them, let them fend for
themselves." No, Fuck you, they are you. No matter how much you want to dye
your hair blonde and put fake eyes in, or follow an anorexic standard of
beauty, or no matter how many diamonds you buy from people who exploit your
own brutally to get them, no matter what kind of car you drive or what kind
of fancy clothes you put on, you will never be them. They're always gonna
look at you as nothing but a little monkey. I'd rather be proud of what I
am, rather than desperately trying to be something I'm really not, just to
fit in. And whether we want to accept it or not, that's what this culture
or lack of culture is feeding us.

I want a better life for my family and for my children, but it doesn't have
to be at the expense of millions of lives in my homeland. We're given the
idea that if we didn't have these people to exploit then America wouldn't
be rich enough to let us have these little petty material things in our
lives and basic standards of living. No, that's wrong. It's the business
giants and the government officials who make all the real money. We have
whatever they kick down to us. My enemy is not the average white man, it's
not the kid down the block or the kids I see on the street; my enemy is the
white man I don't see: the people in the white house, the corporate
monopoly owners, fake liberal politicians those are my enemies. The
generals of the armies that are mostly conservatives those are the real
Mother-Fuckers that I need to bring it to, not the poor, broke country-ass
soldier that's too stupid to know shit about the way things are set up.

In fact, I have more in common with most working and middle-class white
people than I do with most rich black and Latino people. As much as racism
bleeds America, we need to understand that classism is the real issue. Many
of us are in the same boat and it's sinking, while these bougie
Mother-Fuckers ride on a luxury liner, and as long as we keep fighting over
kicking people out of the little boat we're all in, we're gonna miss an
opportunity to gain a better standard of living as a whole.

In other words, I don't want to escape the plantation I want to come back,
free all my people, hang the Mother-Fucker that kept me there and burn the
house to the god damn ground. I want to take over the encomienda and give
it back to the people who work the land.

You cannot change the past but you can make the future, and anyone who
tells you different is a Fucking lethargic devil. I don't look at a few
token Latinos and black people in the public eye as some type of
achievement for my people as a whole. Most of those successful individuals
are sell-outs and house Negros.

But, I don't consider brothers a sell-out if they move out of the ghetto.
Poverty has nothing to do with our people. It's not in our culture to be
poor. That's only been the last 500 years of our history; look at the last
2000 years of our existence and what we brought to the world in terms of
science, mathematics, agriculture and forms of government. You know the
idea of a confederation of provinces where one federal government controls
the states? The Europeans who came to this country stole that idea from the
Iroquois lead. The idea of impeaching a ruler comes from an Aztec
tradition. That's why Montezuma was stoned to death by his own people
'cause he represented the agenda of white Spaniards once he was captured,
not the Aztec people who would become Mexicans.

So in conclusion, I'm not gonna vote for anybody just 'cause they black or
Latino they have to truly represent the community and represent what's good
for all of us proletariat.

Porque sino entonces te mando por el carajo cabron gusano hijo de puta,
seramos libre pronto, viva la revolucion, VIVA LA REVOLUCION!


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