Now crawl amidst the ruins of this empty dream
Mexico was once a promising and fertile land. De la Rocha indicates that the once proud mindset of Mexicans has been shattered. Therefore, the “empty dream” refers to the failure of the American dream of success and freedom — for American repressed the Mexicans and beat them into the dirt. Now Mexicans in America can only scrounge, and this is why the word “crawl” is used — Mexicans aren’t considered equal to average Americans.
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