Voice: Ruse by ‘La Raza' in clssroom no surprise

March 15, 2002

A play within a play unfolds onstage in Shakespeare's "Hamlet" — the Bard's quintessential work on human phoniness and the difficulty of separating appearances from reality.

Hamlet stages the play to trap his mother, queen Gertrude, and her new husband, King Claudius of Denmark, whom Hamlet suspects of having murdered his father, Old Hamlet, despite the crown's official proclamation of death by snakebite.

Indeed, both the character king and Old Hamlet had poison poured into their ears while they napped in their gardens. King Claudius stormed out of the play, confirming Hamlet's suspicion. Queen Gertrude merely commented that the character queen, "lady protests too much, methinks," telling the audience that the guilty complain in hyperbole, causing observant and objective minds to think them culpable.

Southwest High School's government instructor, Scott Fullerton, wrote in "A Reader Writes," about his seventh period class having poison — propaganda's venom of cultural bias and politics of division spewing from La Raza and the Southwest Voter Registration Project — poured into their teenage ears by the student body president of Calexico's San Diego State University-Imperial Valley campus. One strong-minded and independent thinking Hispanic lady high school student objected to the hoax.


The college student represented herself to high school authorities as a neutral party seeking citizen participation in democracy. She had stealthily come, like an assassin, sent by Daniel Santillan of the voter registration project. Her mission: brainwash impressionable Hispanic minds into believing the mythology of La Raza's disunited states of victimology by cultural bigots — those who would suppress or exploit Hispanics — adjure for more bilingual classes and to vote exclusively for La Raza candidates.

She did this by speaking in code, Spanish, while feigning concern for the underprivileged and victims of English instruction.

Scott Fullerton like all U.S. Marines aboard ship, knew not to poke his head out of a porthole — he cracked the coded message, recognizing the trap and punk — and confronted the miscreant for her cynicism and radical anti-Americanism.

Another Southwest High teen reported the guest appearance in her class of the same speaker for the purpose of voter registration — but there was no demagogic code talk about the establishment of more bilingual education classes or ballots rubber-stamped with La Raza candidates.

When asked why the college campus' student president omitted these topics, she opined, "that wouldn't work in my class - Hispanic and non-Hispanic kids would see it as an attempt at manipulation."

Care to wager that (La) Raza may "protest too much" about getting busted at Southwest High School and snakebit at the polls?


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