Chicano/as have been accused of being a people really without a history, as though all of us were immigrants. We’re “new” to this country every decade, every century we appear in the United States—and then, we’re new again. So it is essential for us to recover our collective memory. We must talk about what was lost through the incursion of the border, through the separation and loss of the multitudes, and remember the millions killed through violence, disease, and brutal labor conditions in the so-called ages of discovery in Mexico.
Amalia Mesa-Baines, homegrown: Engaged Cultural Criticism
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