Supporters of MEChA claim that MEChA teaches tolerance. Not only didn't it matter to MEChA along with a myriad of other Raza organizations, that non-Raza students complained about this UC San Diego student newspaper as being racist, they pledged their support for this publication of hate. Although Antonio Villaraigosa was aware of this MEChA hatred, he said nothing and says to this day, that he is proud to have been a Mechista.