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Getting Rid of La Raza

The government should not be in the business of funding ethnic factions, which only reinforce the power of the elites.

Published on: September 15, 2017
Mike Gonzalez is a senior fellow in the Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy at The Heritage Foundation.
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  • FriendlyGoat

    Oh, good grief. When the tax exemptions for all religious organizations are completely repealed is time enough to discuss what is or is not on “public support”.

    • seattleoutcast

      We’ll also include the tax exempt status of Amnesty International, Greenpeace, and Planned Parenthood. etc.

      Cecile Richards, head of Planned Parenthood, has a salary of…wait for it…. $600,000. Gosh, what a public service!

      • FriendlyGoat

        Yeah, we could talk about that. When $600,000 personal income is taxed as it should have been, you won’t be paying it. As for revoking all the tax exemptions for religious and non-religious “non-profits”, it probably isn’t a non-discussable idea. We are, after all, $20,000,000,000,000 in the hole. Conservatives have been telling me so with regularity, and far too many of these things are beginning to look like for-profit ventures anyway.

        • Isaiah6020

          Nirvana is Comrade FriendlyGoat deciding how much of your income you get to keep. The market doesn’t know. Freedom of association doesn’t know. Only Comrade FriendlyGoat knows.

    • Isaiah6020

      Your hate for religious people has gone beyond political and even philosophical boundaries. Now it has entered mental and emotional stages. You want to hurt them for voting for Trump. You’re a pretty scary fella when the masks slips a bit.

    • Tom

      A. The power to tax is the power to destroy.
      B. I would dearly love to know how giving someone money and not taking someone’s money away from them are equivalent.

      • Boritz

        Some people think that our money is our money. Taxation is when the government takes some amount of our money away from us. We may agree in theory or in practice that this is reasonable to some extent.
        The mentality prompting your question B is that all money is the government’s money. If you have some in your pocket it’s because the government chose as policy to allow you to have it and whatever you are allowed to keep represents a cost to the government.

  • Anthony

    While Mike Gonzalez makes trenchant points, I disagree with the framing of issue: the government (private foundations also. perhaps) should not be in the business of funding ethnic factions, which only reinforce the power of elites. Instead (while yet respecting essay author’s position), pluralistic America’s current elite/populist dichotomy continues to mask long unaddressed national concerns (questions) of “what is an American” – La Raza is more symptomatic of that failing than attributable potential causal effect. But regarding tax payers monies funneled to unlikely sources, can the Heritage Foundation claim clean hands.

  • QET

    I will ask a question here that I have asked a few times elsewhere. La Raza means “the Race.” In the US, “the Race” opposes another race: Anglo-Americans. Right? Isn’t that the thrust of La Raza’s committed, activist members? So my question has always been, which Race? Hispanics/Latinos are mostly ethnic hybrids of Europe (Spain, Portugal) and Amerindian. So if activist La Raza members are urging their claims on behalf of their European heritage, I see no compelling reason why US politics should continue to conduct by other means the war between two European powers that one of those powers lost (Spain). I see no inherent justice claim in persons of Spanish ancestry asserting some kind of moral priority as against persons of English/UK ancestry in the USA. Alternatively, if La Raza members identify principally with their Amerindian heritage, then their moral complaints are properly directed, not against Anglos but against Spain (and Portugal); not against the USA but against Spanish/Portuguese oppression in Argentina, Brazil, Chile etc. Instead of flags saying “Make America Mexico Again” they should be in Mexico City holding up flags saying “Make Mexico Teotihuacan Again.” Instead of demanding that the US admit essentially an unlimited number of Hispanics/Latinos into the country, they should be in Mexico City demanding that the Spanish-identified population act more justly toward the Amerindian-identified population. In neither case does it seem that La Raza has a legitimate history-based moral claim as against an Anglo-founded polity.

    Tricky, this Race stuff.

  • nastycanasta

    Great article, Mike, thanks. I’m writing to my representative today to demand de-funding of La Raza and *every* organization that is based on ethnicity. Why the federal government ever got into funding these things would be baffling if it weren’t clear that the feds — hell, all politics in general — thrive on social division. So they create more! We need to take a flamethrower to the federal budget. This is just another obvious target.

  • Terenc Blakely

    For those who don’t know, ‘La Raza’ means ‘The Race’. Hmm, sounds kinda racist doesn’t it?

    I’ve speculated that if the Cal Exit ever happens (yes, I know it’s a fantasy) that La Raza would soon own much of southern California and would probably be backed by the Mexico government and maybe even some of the cartels.

  • CapitalistRoader

    The National Council of La Raza may well have too much political clout to be touched. From their mission statement:

    Founded in 1968, NCLR is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan, tax-exempt organization headquartered in Washington, DC, serving all Hispanic subgroups in all regions of the country. It has state and regional offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Phoenix, and San Antonio.

    If so, then an alternative could be to create a European-American equivalent, perhaps called The Race. NCLR’s mission statement could be similarly filched:

    Founded in 2018, NCTR is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan, tax-exempt organization headquartered in Washington, DC, serving all European subgroups in all regions of the country.

    Is there a money-bags foundation willing to create an organization for the largest victim group in the United States?

    Wouldn’t it be delightful to watch pwogies’ heads explode when NCTR starts getting federal funding and sticking up corporations?

  • Gold Eagle

    This was enlightening – and scary.

    “Your tax dollars at work.” Sheesh.


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