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La Raza is to Mexican-Americans what the NAACP is to African-Americans
by Mr.Juan-derful January 09, 2010
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a term often mistakenly translated into english as meaning "the race", the true meaning of la raza is much closer to "the people". this term cannot be properly defined in english by a simple one word answer due to language differences. i will explain the definition, but first:

other definitions on this site claim that la raza is a racist organization. they are refferring to a group that calls itself "national council of la raza", which they believe is a racist organization; and the people who typed those definitions mistakenly called the group la raza for short, either not knowing that la raza was actually a seperate term, or not knowing the true meaning of the term "la raza".

the term originated in the book "La Raza Cosmica" written by José Vasconcelos, a Mexican intellectual (1881-1959). He described la raza cosmica as the product of racial mixing over time that was already in progress (black, white, asian, native american, all becoming racially and culturally mixed due to the events of time, for example the conquest of mexico resulted in mixing of the blood and culture of the natives and the spaniards). He believed that eventually all of the races would be completely mixed into a new race that had the best attributes of all the cultures and would "show us the way" so to speak.

the term caught on as simply "la raza" and has come to refer to the people of mexican ancestry(mexican as in from mexico, not specifically the native mexica tribe)wherever they may live at the present time. La raza to us means "our people" of common ancestry the same way a proud U.S. citizen might say "americans" with the intended meaning as his/her people of this country, all sharing a common background. that is the true meaning of "la raza".

One may note that in the USA there's a political party called "The United People's Party". That is a proper translation of it's name "The Raza Unida Party", a group created to help support minorities and the poor.
"vive la raza" "long live the people"

Revolutionary human identity theories of the early 1900s include:
Marx and Engels "Das Kapital", C. Darwin's "Theory of Evolution of the Species" , and Jose Vasconcelos's "La Raza Cosmica".
by francisco villa September 03, 2006
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La Raza is a civil rights movement that tries to procure equal rights under the law for Hispanic Americans, LEGAL citizens.

This organization works to educate people about Latino cultures and to try and eradicate discrimination.
La Raza gave a presentation on the hardship of being an eighth generation Hispanic American girl who must still face derrogatory remarks such as 'wetback' or 'greaser'.
by Topacio March 13, 2006
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Primarily based on 3 Variation of Mexicans, Spanish(white, non blonde)decent to Spanish and Native Mexican mixture decent to Mexican Indian decent, all grouped together. A sub-race name to unit these people together to help each other, to be aware that they have the same culture, pride, langauge, foods, and heart for mexico and to back up the mexican country with it's beautiful and holy moral religion and right and equality for all people, basically Mexican became way of life( like democracy), like an example ship to the world that this sub races names can work together from the heart and to prove that it's a world not about the outside complexion, but the heart of the person that going to bring peace into this world, and it's not about whether a country is rich or poor, but the Human that is the real tresure in this world. Also to unit so to be aware from racial and ethical attacks from Americans(English decent)and for LA RAZA to help each other out from these evil and foolish attacts, and LA RAZA became alive and it became a way of life.
LA RAZA extend to almost black passing dark brown to very white.
LA RAZA extend to almost black passing dark brown to very white
by Los Angeles July 21, 2006
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An latino organization primarily consisting of subversives whose membership are usually illegals to begin with. La Raza is essentially their equivalent of the KKK and NAACP. It should be noted however, that there are just as many legal and progressive Mexicans however that sees La Raza for what they really are.
All of the La Raza subversives are planning to march in force next week to try and strongarm the federal government in giving all illegals a permanent pass into this country.
by Piranha April 28, 2006
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Literally, "the race".

A Hispanic advocacy organization. Seems to primarily be concerned with securing increased access to mainstream American society for illegal aliens, as well as public relations efforts to legitimize them.
(1)If La Raza spent more time advocating for change in Mexico than they did in the USA, both countries would be better off.

(2)La Raza protested the Border Patrol's recent enforcement actions in Southern California.
by isoedin August 26, 2004
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It means "The Race" For everything in the race, nothing for outside of the race.

What inbred racist Mexican gangs call themselves.

A Mexican national hate group that advocates for the destruction of the USA through an invasion of illegal aliens from Mexico and genocide of non-Mexicans.

La Raza controls California
Why is La Raza acceptable but not Aryan Nations?
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