Invader or Invaded: “WE DIDN’T CROSS THE BORDER, THE BORDER CROSSED US.”

https://fighting-words.net/2019/10/16/invader-or-invaded/

By Cassandra Devereaux

Vicente Guerrero was the first descendant of African slaves to serve as a North American head of state. He was a general in the war for Mexico’s independence from the Spanish Empire, and was Mexico’s second President. Under his administration, he issued a decree abolishing slavery throught Mexico’s territories. The idea of ending their use of chattel slavery did not sit well with everybody. In late 1835, one of the northern territories declared independence and through force of arms, successfully seceded from Mexico several months later, and continued to use slave labor. In 1845, this former Mexican territory was annexed into the United States as the State of Texas. It was in El Paso, a city on the border of Texas and its former national home of Mexico that a white 21 year old killer named Patrick Crusius came with assault rifles and body armor. He carefully targeted Latinx shoppers and murdered 22 individuals, wounding dozens more. The shooter, a white man, left behind a manifesto which repeatedly referred to the Latinx population as “invaders….”

Vicente Ramón Guerrero Saldaña (1782 – 1831), Mexican revolutionary leader and President

Vicente Ramón Guerrero Saldaña (1782 – 1831), Mexican revolutionary leader and President. | Image: wikiquote

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