Stanford is adding to its fame as a site of cultural conflict. When a disturbance broke out during the showing on campus last May of a short film about grape pickers and the perils of insecticide, local print media played up the claim that viewers had chanted “Beaners Go Home” during the ten-minute film. In fact, the 1,700-seat auditorium was filled with chanting, but it was started by a group of 20 Hispanics who forcibly took a cluster of seats in the back near where I was sitting. They physically moved a young Chinese woman out of the seats they chose to occupy as a group.
As the lights dimmed, they started chanting, “Hey Hey, Ho Ho, Anglo Gringo, You Got To Go.” They repeated this loudly four times. The chant refers to radical Hispanic belief that California needs to be cleansed of English speakers (black, white, Asian, and others) so that the Spanish language is completely dominant. Then the state will be renamed “Aztlan” and will be permanently Hispanic in population.
This chant annoyed some of those in attendance, and two black male students and a Japanese-American female student commenced the counter chant “Beaners Go Home,” which was joined in by about 100 students. Local print media, in particular, reported the counter chant and ignored the initial chant of hostility toward English speakers.
Radical Hispanics are unchastised at Stanford and retail the most unpalatable doctrines. Their rhetoric is full of talk about “blood” and “soil” and the need to reclaim California, ignoring the fact that the Mexicans stole California from the Spanish and then controlled it for only about 20 years, failing to develop its industry, agriculture, or commerce. Radical Hispanics at Stanford prefer the label “Chicano” and talk about “Chicanismo” as the body of ideas governing their thinking and political activities. Several radical Hispanic groups are chartered and approved by Stanford’s student government and receive university funds for their activities.
Many students privately refer to the speech of the radical Hispanics as “Brown Racism,” inasmuch as it promotes the division of society into several groups, one such group to be “Chicanos” who are descendants of Mexican immigrants into the United States. “Chicano” literature and speeches openly claim this land for their culture and for their people and demand a kind of ethnic cleansing of blacks, whites, and Asian-Americans who speak English or who uphold American culture.
“Brown anti-Semitism,” which a few officers of Hispanic clubs and societies on campus proclaim, consists of a cluster of ideas about Jews in Mexico and in America. One of the ideas advocated is that the president of Mexico is a Jew, which explains his heartlessness toward the poor and unempowered peasants in Mexico. Another notion is that all Mexican banks are owned by Jews and that this explains their unwillingness to extend credit and loans to indigenous Mexicans, especially Indians in Mexico. Jews are also portrayed as encouraging the migration of impoverished Mexican peasants to the United States, a kind of Mexican enclosure movement spearheaded by Jewish bankers. And, of course, the prominence of Jewish movie moguls explains the relative lack of success of Hispanic producers, directors, and actors in the American film industry.
In many ways, the chanting of “Hey Hey, Ho Ho, Anglo Gringo, You Got To Go” is less troubling than the smaller, but more hateful, expressions against Jewish Americans that are bandied about with no objection from Stanford’s administration. If Stanford’s Hispanic student population is any indication, we are in for a situation in which a Hispanic Farrakhan could unleash a new wave of hatred toward Jewish Americans on college campuses.
A kind of terror exists at Stanford, such that I do not dare to have my name, major, or dorm printed in any publication. There were five major fist-fights on campus last year between Hispanics or between Hispanics and members of other ethnicities on the issue of Hispanic doctrine and its correct application to campus political and social issues. “Chicanismo” is taken very seriously by Hispanic students and the administration, and it is feared by many students and faculty who tailor their remarks in accordance with that fear.