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‘Historian’ James Joseph Sanchez Finds 42,732 Reasons to Denounce the Mythical Aztlan Conspiracy

By David Holthouse on August 20, 2008 - 5:48 pm, Posted in Anti-Immigrant, Conspiracies

Question: What do the National Chicken Council, AT&T Corp., the Seattle Police Department, the Petroleum Club of Houston and the Korean Acupuncture Association of Illinois have in common with the infamous Middle Eastern terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi?

Answer: They’re all key players in the Aztlan conspiracy, a secret plot to reconquer the seven Southwestern states and merge them with Mexico.

At least, that is, according to James Joseph Sanchez, creator of Who’s Who in the Aztlan Movement, a two-volume compilation set containing the names of 42,732 “individuals, organizations and incidents.” According to the second volume inside jacket copy, it represents “the largest open source, cross-referenced named-persons index to the Aztlan movement and their allies.” Although Sanchez doesn’t explain it — the volumes contain no introductory or explanatory material at all, just a seemingly endless list — Aztlan is a term sometimes used by Latino nationalists to describe the part of the United States once controlled by Spain and/or Mexico. Nativist conspiracy theorists and white supremacists have seized upon a few statements by Latino radicals to claim that Mexico is really secretly planning to take over much of America.

The conspiracy, apparently, is massive. In tiny, hard-to-read type, Sanchez lists as members of the alleged “Aztlan Movement” more than 1,000 Latino street gangs, 29 members of the “California State Assemby” [sic], a dozen United Auto Workers union locals, Catholic churches, Unitarian churches, a Somalian organic coffee company, McDonald’s Corp., and Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili.

Casting a net that’s perhaps just a smidgen too wide, Sanchez also lists You Don’t Speak For Me!, a Hispanic anti-immigration front group for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a nativist hate group that has itself plugged the Aztlan conspiracy theory.

Nowhere does Sanchez say what part all these alleged individuals and organizations (full disclosure: they include the Southern Poverty Law Center and several of its employees) have in the Aztlan conspiracy. It is enough, apparently, to know they are on the list.

Who’s Who in the Aztlan Movement is the latest of Sanchez’s bizarre, self-published tomes. The Seattle-based “historian” is also the creator of five volumes of Who’s Who in Al Qaeda & Jihadi Movements Worldwide. His “Nuremberg War Crime Trials Online,” a CD-ROM containing erratically footnoted transcripts of 126,000 pages of transcribed proceedings of the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany, has been added to the collections of more than 50 major American university libraries. Sanchez also personally donated a copy to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., despite his own flirtations with Holocaust denial.

Beyond the two Aztlan volumes (a third is due out in September), Sanchez’s recent work includes a book review in the most recent edition of The Occidental Quarterly, a racist journal published by the radical-right Charles Martel Society.

In an otherwise glowing review, Sanchez briefly chastises the author of Saxons, Vikings and Celts, a study of the genetic history of Britain and Ireland, for “denounc[ing] Saxon racial supremacism for rewriting the Magna Carta as a ‘declaration of Saxon independence,’ for victimizing Blacks, and for the Holocaust.”

The author, Sanchez writes, “ends his review of the mythic origins [of the Saxons] mawkishly, with the ‘smoke rising from the chimneys of Belsen and Dachau, Treblinka and Auschwitz, presumably from the modern, smokeless crematoria at those camps.”

“It is always sad to see the grimly necessary ritual of European self-abasement degrade fine intellectual products like this book,” Sanchez concludes. “Sadly, to do science nowadays, a person of European descent must apologize for Auschwitz.”

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  • Arby Washington

    If you were to meet James Sanchez, you might think he were yet another symbol of our overcrowed mental institutions. He shuffles about, spewing forth an impressive vocabulary of gibberish. I imagine that Mr. Sanchez spent his childhood, imprisoned in the archaic library of a ghost town in some God-forsaken backwater of America. He is cleary more comfortable with his haughty rhetoric than he is with the people he tries to hard to messure up for. A misfit, who believes he is a genius, very much like the twisted little man who began to bedevil civility in the 1930′s. He speaks to a constituency of inbred, would-be skin heads, who believe he is brilliant because he presents himself as such, and because they are incapable of knowing the diference. I am happy to see an organization that has correctly assessed James Sanchez for what he is, a sick, misguided fraud. Please keep up the good work- turning the lights on creeps like him.

  • the Great Southern Trend Kill

    “It is a known fact that any white person who does speak or write what is true comes under fire with verbal attacks or worse.”

    Sorry. But I regret to inform you that “Dr. Sanchez” is hardly classified as “white”. His last surname is Sanchez, which is derived from Spanish meaning he is Hispanic, not White. And his latest stint is so egregiously untrue. And I happened to be “White” myself.
    Sorry…..

  • Linda Snyder

    Dr. Sanchez is a brillant man who is not afraid to speak or write the truth. It is a known fact that any white person who does speak or write what is true comes under fire with verbal attacks or worse. Dr. Sanchez is to be applauded for his works and for having the backbone for speaking up. Why is it that non-Whites can speak and write as they please about Whites but the same does not apply to Whites? Organizations like the SPLC, etc. love nothing more than to demonize Whites who speak up for their race but idolize the non-Whites and gravel at their feet and never say a harsh one to them or put them on the SPLC’s hate list when they sprew their hatred for Whites. There are many Whites who see through this hiprocracy and question it. The SPLC should worry about the hatred they promote and stop being so blind and biased in decided who gets on their hit list.

  • the Great Southern Trend Kill

    Jonathan–

    “You appear to agree that Mexicans are populating large parts of the Southwest.”

    Its a fact….
    1.) You either don’t live in any ot the states that borders w/ Mexico to actually see it first hand.
    2.) Its because of your Bush`s(Republican wingnuts) failed policies on immigration reform with no bipartisan agreement. Regardless of whether you voted for him or not.
    3.) You must be ignorant and easily influenced by polls taken from Mexico in 2002.

    Which is why I stated that the vast majority of Hispanic Americans are in favor of a solution to solve the immigration mess.

    “What makes you think that they change[d] their attitudes once they cross[ed] the border?” (sic)

    But then again, who gives a wit what they think? Crossing the border is a misdemeanor(that is if you’re caught in the act). Which is also why that dubious Zogby poll taken from the opinions of “Mexicans” from Mexico back in 2002 is moot…

    The failed policies of the Bush Administration that Sen. John McCain will keep alive if he were to be elected will only add to the problamatic border crisis.

    He’s for Amnesty for the 12 million Illegals already in the country illegally that includes lily`s from the Slavik.

  • Jonathan

    Great Southern,

    Poll: “A June 2002 Zogby poll of Mexicans found that a substantial majority of Mexican citizens believe that southwestern America is rightfully the territory of Mexico and that Mexicans do not need the permission of the U.S. to enter. The poll found that 58 percent of Mexicans agree with the statement, ‘The territory of the United States’ southwest rightfully belongs to Mexico.’”

    Me: “You could debate what “takeover” means but racially/ethically large parts of the South West are Mexican.”

    You: “That’s because we border with MEXICO, dimwit.”

    You: “So therefore, that Zogby poll is unimportant to the merits of the Americans.”

    You appear to agree that Mexicans are populating large parts of the Southwest. What makes you think that they change their attitudes once they cross the border?

    Regards.

  • the Great Southern Trend Kill

    Jonathan–

    “I think we are agreeing to that not all Hispanics are of one mind.”

    Exactly.

    Just as Whites are not of “one mind”. Philosphically spleaking, in fact many Whites are anti-White Supremacy, Neo-Nazism and are for racial unity, peace, Freedom.

    “58% of Mexican agree with the statement that the Southwest is rightfully there’s”

    Is not necessarily a–

    “Wide spread support by Mexicans”

    In fact, any polls that raked in the 50th percentile is hardly classified as a “wide spread support.” Its not even close to the majority.

    However, the Zogby polls reports only lists the opinions of “Mexicans” of Mexico and not Hispanic Americans in general.
    Likewise.
    But to be frank, Americans particulary Hispanic Americans could careless about the opinions of “Mexicans” from Mexico, right? So therefore, that Zogby poll is unimportant to the merits of the Americans.

    “In fact there are Hispanics that support the Minutemen.”

    Yes such as Lou Dobbs`s wife? It is a “fact” that I won’t dispute. But the numbers of those who support the minutemen are relatively low and largely goes un-noticed.

    “….dimwit.”
    “There’s no need to stoop to the indiginty of name calling”

    Dimwit is regarding someone who isn’t using his brains or least doesn’t have one. I made that remark based on your lack of reading incomprehension as shown above–

    You stated that I said which I didn’t.

    “The keyword is MANY. I didn’t say “all”.

    Once again I made no referrence of you saying “all”.

  • Jonathan

    Great Southern,

    I think we are basically basically agreeing that not all Hispanics are of one mind. But having said that, you seem to dispute the assertion that many Hispanics have Aztlanic aspirations. Here’s a snippet of interest:

    “A ‘Hispanic Homeland’ could be written off as the work of extremists were it not for wide-spread support by Mexicans. A June 2002 Zogby poll of Mexicans found that a substantial majority of Mexican citizens believe that southwestern America is rightfully the territory of Mexico and that Mexicans do not need the permission of the U.S. to enter. The poll found that 58 percent of Mexicans agree with the statement, “The territory of the United States’ southwest rightfully belongs to Mexico.” Zogby said 28 percent disagreed, while another 14 percent said they weren’t sure.”

    “In fact MANY Hispanic Americans are for some kind of immigration reform.”
    I’d hope that this doesn’t include Ted Kennedy’s type of “reform”. In fact, there are Hispanics that support the Minutemen.

    “That’s because we border with MEXICO, dimwit.”
    That’s because the border is poorly guarded and immigration laws infrequently enforced.

    PS:
    ” … dimwit.”
    There’s no need to stoop to the indignity of name-calling.

  • the Great Southern Trend Kill

    Jonathan–

    “The key word is “many”, I didn’t say all.”

    In order to help you with your reading incomprehension, try going back and re-read my post. Or I can mention it one more time I said–

    In fact MANY Hispanic Americans are for some kind of immigration reform.

    “I didn’t say all.”

    I made no referrence of you saying “all”.

    “You could debate what “takeover” means but racially/ethically large parts of the South West are Mexican.”

    LOLOLOLOLOLOL…..

    That’s because we border with MEXICO, dimwit.

  • Jonathan

    Great Southern,

    The key word is “many”, I didn’t say all.

    In Attorney General Gonzales’ case, I’d say he was extreme, but not necessarily patriotic – this opinion of mine has nothing to do with being Hispanic or not; the same goes for a number of others in the administration.

    “To say that there’s a Southwest takeover by Mexicans is just as insubstantially inaccurate …”
    You could debate what “takeover” means, but racially/ethnically large parts of the South West are Mexican.

  • the Great Southern Trend Kill

    Its not “well know[n] that many “Hispanic” would love to see Whites displaced” is merely a case one`s own absurdity. In fact according to polls many Hispanic Americans are for some kind of immigration reform. In some cases some Hispanics are more extrememely patriotic than their White counterparts (i.e. See former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales).

    In Sanchez`s case, its nothing more than a severe case of Xenophobia combined with extreme paranoia. He made no attempts to harbor proof to back up his ranting, other than to list the names of individuals and organizations that he knows very little or nothing of. To say that there’s a Southwest takeover by Mexicans is just as insubstantially inaccurate as those tin-foil hatters screaming about the NAU(North American Union).
    Talk about conspiracy nutbars.

  • Jonathan

    It’s hardly a conspiracy when it’s well know that many “Hispanics” would love to see Whites displaced from the USA. Call it what you want, but de facto many parts of the USA are becoming “Aztlanified”. There are also many examples of how Hispanics defend illegal immigration motivated by racial solidarity and lust for conquering their Lebensraum.

  • the Great Southern Trend Kill

    This is a perfect bona fide literature for fantasy. I don’t know what else to say about this…..uh unsually insane screamer befitting right above the 9/11 “troofers” movement. I don’t know which is crazier. The man is “loco” plain and simple.

    “Sanchez” is Spanish right? Then he’s Hispanic.

    Hombre esta loco.

  • http://journalplagueyear.blogspot.com Dave von Ebers

    Gee, I can’t wait for the Aztlan Conspiracy to emerge. I’ve got a pocket full of “Ameros” I’m itching to spend …

  • Efren B.

    Sanchez is mentaly Retarded, nobody beleive this nonsense, Idea of Aztlan.