the children's parade
Posted by duane filan on November 28, 2022, 3:28 pm
Last week, La manazilla teachers marched their students through town to celebrate "la revolucion" and to commemorate 100 years since the death of Ricardo Magnon Flores, one of their national heroes. |
Magón died at Leavenworth Penitentiary Kansas, November 22, 1922. He had been convicted and sentenced to twenty years for "obstructing the war effort".
In 1918, he published an anti-war manifesto. In this he wrote, "The death of the old order is at hand. It is being whispered in the bars, theatres, streetcars and homes, especially in our homes, the homes of those at the bottom."
Magón's movement fired the imagination of both American and Mexican anarchists. His remains were repatriated in 1945 and interred at the Rotunda of Illustrious Persons in Mexico City.
In her review of Bad Mexicans: Race, Empire, and Revolution in the Borderlands by Kelly Lytle Hernández, Jonna Perrillo writes,
"The story of the Mexican Revolution is rooted in U.S. greed. Through the 1883 Land Reform Act, Díaz auctioned off many of Mexico’s natural and material resources to Gilded Age titans including J.P. Morgan, Russell Sage, the Guggenheims, the Hearsts, and the Rockefellers. They extracted oil, minerals, and rubber and invested in agriculture, transporting their mined resources to the United States via the Mexican railroad (which they owned). Meanwhile, Mexican workers and the nation’s indigenous population struggled under debt peonage. Flores Magón proclaimed the Díaz administration a “den of thieves,” but Lytle Hernández underscores that the den was underwritten by U.S. imperialism."
Boston Review Aug 4, 2022