We at Somos en escrito share the sentiments expressed in the following "Statement of Solidarity Against Police Violence" released by MeXicanos 2070.
MeXicanos 2070 Statement of Solidarity Against Police Violence
MeXicanos 2070 grieves with and stands in solidarity with the Black community of Minneapolis in denouncing the murder of George Floyd.
We, the founders of Mexicanos 2070, represent a Xicana/o view of United States society that recognizes the essential bonds that exist among Xicana/os with African Americans and other peoples of color through a common history of resistance, survival and renewal. As peoples of indigenous origin, our destiny does not lie in racial and ethnic division, but rather, mutual respect and a common vision of a future. We see this even though whole segments of the United States fear and resist that truth; even to the point of bringing the country to ruin.
We value Black lives and the Black community and we know that whether it is another Black body left lifeless at the hands of police or a Brown child placed in a cage, at its core is the same senseless and inhumane mindset, the same hate, that has burned through our communities for centuries.
We recognize the African origins in ourselves and our moral ties with Black peoples in the U.S. and the world. We will not forget the inspiration and support we Xicanos drew from Black organizations and individuals during the height of the Chicano Movement, helping to make our resurgence possible and of their solidarity with raza and indigenous issues since. We also stand with the protesters at Minneapolis who represent the finest tradition of resistance.
We believe the atrocities inflicted on peoples of color in the United States by institutions and individuals under the color of law rise to the level of violations of international law and practice. We demand formal attention and redress among the world bodies of human rights law.
Ernesto Todd Mireles, MSW, Ph.D.
Carlos Hernandez, MA International Relations, J.D.
Jacqueline Y. Macias