The enmity between the Hispanic supremacist group La Raza and the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps has reached such critical mass that La Raza is now willing to hold Kansas City hostage to a $7 million convention unless a member of the city's Park Board, who happens to also be a member of the Minutemen, steps down. Click HERE to read two-page article posted on Kansascity.com, the website of the Kansas City Star.
La Raza, the nation’s largest Hispanic rights group, is warning it may cancel its 2009 convention here because of a the presence of Frances Semler on the Park Board. Semler is a member of the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps and has taken a strong stance against illegal immigration and has suggested a moratorium on legal immigration.
Janet Murguia, the head of the Washington-based National Council of La Raza, said on August 30th that the organization is already looking at several other cities, and expects a final decision to be rendered at the organization's national convention in mid-October. And to add insult to injury, the NAACP is dropping hints that it might be reconsidering its 2010 convention in Kansas City, although no one has reportedly heard anything directly from the national organization.
Losing the two national conventions would not only cost the local economy $15 million, but also inflict a costly hit on the city’s image. La Raza fills more than 5,000 hotel rooms for its annual conventions and the economic benefit of recent conventions has ranged from $5 million to $7 million. The six-day NAACP convention in 2010 would bring more than 10,000 people and its economic impact is estimated at $9 million.
Janet Murguía, who happens to be a native of Kansas City, KS, said she told Mayor Mark Funkhouser in a telephone conversation last week that the conference all but certainly will go elsewhere if Semler doesn’t step down. “It is very troubling that we would be in a position to reconsider but in fact we are,” Murguía said during a trip to Kansas City. “I don’t know there is a way short of her stepping down that we could salvage this. This is offensive on many levels. We want the mayor to understand it is something that sends a very wrong signal to the Hispanic community about what the city represents.”
However, La Raza would have to pay the city as much as $70,000 for failing to meet its hotel-room guarantee if it pulled out of Kansas City prematurely, Murguia said. “We will lose money if we pull up, but we are prepared to do that,” she continued.
Murguía said concerns by local affiliates and a July 16 article in the Wall Street Journal on Semler’s appointment fueled the reconsideration decision. She said she has been in discussions with national NAACP leaders and she said they have the same concerns.
National and local NAACP officials did not return telephone calls Thursday. The six-day NAACP convention would bring more than 10,000 people and its economic impact is estimated at $9 million.
Rick Hughes, head of the Kansas City Convention and Visitors Association, said a meeting Thursday with Murguía went well and he is hopeful that La Raza’s concerns about Kansas City can be addressed. He said he has not heard from anyone with the NAACP about its concerns.
“We still have it (La Raza convention) very much in our pocket and we all want to work toward a good, amicable solution,” he said. “These are two critically important groups and we want to keep them on the ground with us.”
City Council members said they have not heard directly from the national NAACP but understood from local members that the NAACP concerns are partly due to the Semler appointment. Other concerns, they understand, are that no minority-owned businesses have been signed up for the city-backed downtown entertainment district and that Funkhouser has tapped few minorities to key positions.
Funkhouser is with his son as he starts college in Oregon and could not be reached for comment. His chief of staff, Ed Wolf, said Funkhouser knows La Raza is reconsidering its Kansas City convention and has heard speculation about the NAACP, and he hopes to retain the conventions. “I think the mayor would be extremely concerned about losing them, but he remains steadfast in his appointment of Frances,” Wolf said.
The woman in the center of the storm, Semler, declined to comment when reached at home Thursday afternoon. She previously offered to resign after the controversy broke in June, but Funkhouser declined to accept it. However, the City Council, spearheaded by Terry Riley, Cindy Circo, and Melba Curls, called for Semler to step down after her connection with the Minutemen was revealed in June.
Mayor Pro Tem Bill Skaggs declined to say whether Semler, a longtime neighbor of his, should step down, saying, “Mrs. Semler has to live her life the way she chooses.”
City Manager Wayne Cauthen immediately set up a meeting with Murguía after learning about her comments. He said he would outline the city’s aggressive efforts on behalf of Hispanics and African-American residents to both La Raza and NAACP. “I hope they would look at the body of work as a whole and not one situation,” said Cauthen, who personally made Kansas City’s pitch to the NAACP in July.
However, not all have been equally solicitous towards La Raza. Warner Todd Huston, the editor of the Newsbusters.org website, has taken the Kansas City establishment to task for pandering to La Raza. In particular, he singles out the Kansas City Star for criticism; while La Raza is treated like a completely respectable organization throughout the story, the Minutemen, in contrast, are treated as if they should be something to be ashamed of. Indeed, the overwhelming percentage of reader comments to the Kansas City Star story condemn La Raza, and also the city itself for lacking the backbone to stand up to them. And the local Latino influence in the Kansas City area is not that strong; according to statistics gleaned from city-data.com, while the Kansas side is 16.8% Latino, the Missouri side is only 6.9% Latino. And nearly all surrounding communities, including Independence, MO with a population of over 110,000, and Overland Park, KS, with a population of over 149,000, are 90% or more WHITE. With numbers like that surrounding Kansas City, why are whites even talking to La Raza in the first place?
The real agenda of La Raza is NOT fairness for Latinos and their assimilation into the greater American population. It is colonization and "reconquista". While they preach "reconquista" primarily in the Southwest, which belonged to Mexico before we took it fair and square from them in honest combat in 1845 (and even compensated Mexico financially afterwards, paying them far more than Thomas Jefferson paid France for the Louisiana Purchase), Kansas City is hardly a part of the "Southwest". Consequently, one must entertain the possibility that they want to implement "reconquista" EVERYWHERE they go. In April, 2006, the Minutemanhq.com website posted an article by Rep. Charlie Norwood detailing this sinister agenda further:
There are many immigrant groups joined in the overall "La Raza" movement. The most prominent and mainstream organization is the National Council de La Raza -- the Council of "The Race".
To most of the mainstream media, most members of Congress, and even many of their own members, the National Council of La Raza is no more than a Hispanic Rotary Club.
But the National Council of La Raza succeeded in raking in over $15.2 million in federal grants last year  alone, of which $7.9 million was in U.S. Department of Education grants for Charter Schools, and undisclosed amounts were for get-out-the-vote efforts supporting La Raza political positions.
The Council of La Raza succeeded in having itself added to congressional hearings by Republican House and Senate leaders. And an anonymous senator even gave the Council of La Raza an extra $4 million in earmarked taxpayer money, supposedly for "housing reform," while La Raza continues to lobby the Senate for virtual open borders and amnesty for illegal aliens.
La Raza movement, the agenda that led to those thousands of illegal immigrants in the streets of American cities, waving Mexican flags, brazenly defying our laws, and demanding concessions.
Key among the secondary organizations is the radical racist group Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan, or Chicano Student Movement of Aztlan (MEChA), one of the most anti-American groups in the country, which has permeated U.S. campuses since the 1960s, and continues its push to carve a racist nation out of the American West.
One of America's greatest strengths has always been taking in immigrants from cultures around the world, and assimilating them into our country as Americans. By being citizens of the U.S. we are Americans first, and only, in our national loyalties.
This is totally opposed by MEChA for the hordes of illegal immigrants pouring across our borders, to whom they say:
"Chicano is our identity; it defines who we are as people. It rejects the notion that we...should assimilate into the Anglo-American melting pot...Aztlan was the legendary homeland of the Aztecas ... It became synonymous with the vast territories of the Southwest, brutally stolen from a Mexican people marginalized and betrayed by the hostile custodians of the Manifest Destiny." (Statement on University of Oregon MEChA Website, Jan. 3, 2006)
MEChA isn't at all shy about their goals, or their views of other races. Their founding principles are contained in these words in "El Plan Espiritual de Aztlan" (The Spiritual Plan for Aztlan):
"In the spirit of a new people that is conscious not only of its proud historical heritage but also of the brutal gringo invasion of our territories, we, the Chicano inhabitants and civilizers of the northern land of Aztlan from whence came our forefathers, reclaiming the land of their birth and consecrating the determination of our people of the sun, declare that the call of our blood is our power, our responsibility, and our inevitable destiny. ... Aztlan belongs to those who plant the seeds, water the fields, and gather the crops and not to the foreign Europeans. ... We are a bronze people with a bronze culture. Before the world, before all of North America, before all our brothers in the bronze continent, we are a nation, we are a union of free pueblos, we are Aztlan. For La Raza todo. Fuera de La Raza nada."
That closing two-sentence motto is chilling to everyone who values equal rights for all. It says: "For The Race everything. Outside The Race, nothing."
If this doesn't convince you, an article by Devvy Kidd published on the NewsWithViews website unveils a possible genocidal strain to this "reconquista" agenda.
The [following words] were spoken by Jose Angel Gutierrez, professor, University of Texas, Arlington and founder of the La Raza Unida political party. His full comment was: "We have an aging white America ... They are dying ...We have got to eliminate the gringo, and what I mean by that is if the worst comes to the worst, we have got to kill him."
Obviously, such sentiments are still the isolated exception rather than the rule. But with much of the Kansas City plutocracy groveling and begging before La Raza, this can only encourage and empower more of this type of talk.
I will leave it to local bloggers like the State Line Star, which provides news from a pro-white perspective for the Kansas City metroplex, to discuss the local characters in greater detail. But one thing's for certain; in this deal, Mayor Funkhouser is the "hero" (so far), while the City Council are the "zeroes". And the business community had better start placing patriotism ahead of profits.