Against the Community Organizers

San Antonio, Texas, America’s seventh-largest city, has always owed its troubles, as well as its glory, to its geographical situation within the state, and not just because it is the nearest large city to Mexico.  The city sits on the Balcones Escarpment, the line separating the hot, semiarid lowlands to its south from the beautiful, fertile, tree-covered hill country to its northwest.  The differences between these two areas have influenced every aspect of the city’s history, economics, demography, politics, architecture, and lifestyle since it was the northernmost Spanish outpost populated by European Canary Islanders and their descendants.

The south side of San Antonio is, and always has been, less productive, drawing large numbers of poorer immigrants—first “Anglo” subsistence farmers, then ethnic Mexicans (mestizos), mostly after their Revolution of 1910, and later the horde of illegal aliens.  The Hispanic groups have little in common except in the eyes of politicians, who lump them all under the TV term Latinos.  They call themselves “Texas-Mexicans,” “Mexicans,” or sometimes “Tejanos.”  They call illegals “Mojados”—wetbacks.  The numerous remaining Canary Islanders call themselves “Canary Islanders.”  San Antonio itself is now a “majority-minority” city.


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