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Baltazar Acevedo y Arispe, Jr.
Baltazar Acevedo y Arispe, Jr.

CORRALES, New Mexico, – Baltazar Acevedo y Arispe, Jr., Ph.D., is a Native Tejano from Tahoka and a regular columnist for the Guardian.

Acevedo resides in Waco, Texas and Corrales, New Mexico. He conducts research, writes and speaks as well as writing “organic poetry” about the Chicano experience. He presently works on community development projects to expand the quality of the lives of disenfranchised citizens in Waco, Texas.

On occasion, Acevedo teaches at a post-secondary educational institution in Central Texas. He has penned a poem for the Guardian. Here it is:

No Creo en Fronteras

I do not believe in Fronteras

Have no use for borders

Boundaries drawn by fire and blood

Barriers that inhibit La Gente

Impeding their abrazos across water and sand

Across a space that has become

no man’s land

I do not believe in Fronteras

In the small-minded limitations that guide

Los Gordo Latinos to serve the agenda of

Los Gringos

These of limited vision only see their piece of the pie

I do not believe in Fronteras

Or the boundaries that our educational system sets

To prepare our students for a world that

Does not mend

And puts them on a tunnel without a light at the end

I do not believe in Fronteras

Set by higher education institutions

Entrapping the young minds of our

Students, preparing them

For obsolete jobs

In a vicious cycle of continuous Debt restitution

I do not believe in Fronteras

Or the Latino Gringo politicians who advocate for the poor

Camouflaged as sheep as they denigrate La Raza

Licking the soles of the disenfranchisers who

Fill their Tazas

I do not believe in Fronteras

Made of deep pocket leaders who support the get rich schemers

Who frack and deplete our water as they Destroy the soil rather than nurture

The land on which we migrantes toil

I do not believe in Fronteras

Or laws enforced by thugs and sheriffs and minutemen

Who believe that this is their America and won’t

Share the dream

Which in reality is nothing more than a scheme

I do not believe in Fronteras

Set by misguided leaders apparently born

Without mothers

Whose agenda is to devalue a woman’s labor

They will rather gain the favor of the rich who are too many

Whose greed is to savor every penny

I do not believe in Fronteras

The fence being built along el Rio Grande/Rio Bravo

To keep us from coming to reclaim our land

As La Bamba del Rebelde is played by the band

I do not believe in Fronteras

I do believe in the background music for the La Revoluccion

Los Lobos as we rock to “Good Morning Aztlan” and

“Yo Soy Mexico Americano”

Aqui vienen los Chicanos

I do not believe in Fronteras

Like the Border Patrol checkpoints at Falfurrias and Sarita

You dare ask me if I am an American Citizen

Yo soy el Hijo de Apaches, Cortina, Zapata, Gloria

Cesar, Corkey, Villa y Jovita

Yo soy Mexico Americano and I need no stinking documents

I do not believe in Fronteras

I do believe in the revolution of the mind

I do believe in the revolution against wars of oppression

I do believe in the revolution of the soul

I do believe in the revolution of our voices and our words

I do believe in the revolution of the hungry

I do believe in the revolution of the homeless

I do believe in a revolution against illiteracy

I do believe in a revolution of the poor

I do believe in a revolution against the vultures that disguise themselves as wealthy bankers

I do believe in a revolution by abused mujeres and niños against their oppressors

I do believe in a revolution against machos

I do believe in a revolution against those that would deny us the vote

I do believe in a revolution against los Vendidos

I do believe in a revolution by La Raza against Latinos and Hi-Spanics

I do believe that we can share America.

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