suggests the "Republica del Norte," the Republic of the North, is "an inevitability."
envisions it encompassing all of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and southern Colorado, plus the northern tier of Mexican states: Baja California, Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León and Tamaulipas.
Along both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border "there is a growing fusion, a reviving of connections," Truxillo
"Southwest Chicanos and Norteño Mexicanos are becoming one people again."
, 47, has said the new country should be brought into being "by any means necessary," but recently said it was unlikely to be formed by civil war.
Instead, its creation will be accomplished by the electoral pressure of the future majority Hispanic population in the region, he
contends states have the right to secede under the Articles of Confederation of 1777, in which states retained "sovereignty, freedom and independence."
contends the Articles were not superseded in that regard by the U.S. Constitution and that although the Civil War settled the question militarily, it was never resolved by courts.
Truxillo, who teaches at UNM's Chicano Studies Program on a yearly contract, believes it's his job to help develop a "cadre of intellectuals" to think about how it can become a reality.
Native-born American Hispanics feel like strangers in their own land, he
"We remain subordinated," he
"We have a negative image of our own culture, created by the media.
Self-loathing is a terrible form of oppression.
The long history of oppression and subordination has to end."
said Hispanics who have achieved positions of power or otherwise are "enjoying the benefits of assimilation" are most likely to oppose a new nation.
Dr. Charles Truxillo
is a native of New Mexico.
attended public schools in Albuquerque and Belen.
graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of New Mexico, majoring in Latin American, Borderlands, and Asian History.
also attended St. Michael's Catholic seminary in California.
Later, he worked as an instructor in the University College of UNM, serving as director of the University College's Social Science program from 1988 to 1990.
Throughout this period Dr. Truxillo
traveled extensively in Mexico, Central America, Spain, and Western Europe.
Between 1992 and 1997, he was an Assistant Professor of History at New Mexico Highlands University.
While at NMHI, he annually organized student tours to Mexico and sponsored student and faculty forums and symposiums.