***Note: the below is a plot from the narrative timeline of “Tinsel Fortress Time” America, which forms the backdrop for such stories as Pershing, Somos Immigrantes (and even a little part of Bethlehem.)
Begin: The origins of the Uprisings go back to the American Civil War, when the border region was populated by a militant settler movement from the Lone Star Republic, creating the Territory of Arizona, which organized its armed militants behind a territorial government and supported the white supremacist-led rebellion against the District of Columbia-led United States of America.
Following defeat and dismemberment, the colonial elites of Arizona persisted in the establishment of an apartheid society in Arizona, through the enlargement of the colonial territory, until it could override the Hispanic eastern majority and create its own American “state of Arizona.” The apartheid society was further expanded and the “quasi-Confederate” state of Arizona grew stronger through draconian racial laws and police-state techniques.
The Uprisings took place in the face of non-ending racism. It took place against a larger background of revolts against state constitutions and the creation of alternate policies of government that stressed autonomy and self-determination. This was “Tinsel Fortress Time” America and the civil society of the U.S. was in the grips of a transformation of the meaning of “nation.”
The Uprisings served as a source of political capital by racists who wanted to continue the old white supremacist regime in Arizona. The southern region of Arizona was turned into the center of the MZ - the Militarized Zone - that not only stretched along sections of the U.S-MX border, but also militarized the inner cities, and other designated “frontiers” of American society.
The best way to view this armed militancy is the sign of a nation unable to come to grips with its changing racial demographics. Recent news had identified something that had “supposedly” never happened before in this nation - more children being born from parents who were not predominantly of European descent.
How wrong this picture turned out to be. The history of American society in the U.S. was always a story of a strong population of non-whites living side-by-side with whites. The only difference between then and now was that, in the so-called “Crisis of the Third American Century,” non-whites had been able to grab and exercise political power in the U.S.
This partly explained the troubles that were to come….Read "Somos Immigrantes" @ Fictionade Magazine.