César Chávez was a critic of La Raza, stating to Peter Matthiessen of The New Yorker, “I hear more and more Mexicans talking about La Raza—to build up their pride. Some people don’t look at it as racism, but when you say ‘La Raza,’ you are saying an anti-gringo thing, and it won’t stop there. Today it’s anti-gringo, tomorrow it will be anti-Negro.”
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