This is to say that inclusivity does not resolve the problem of racial difference but functions to mask or render unspeakable the mechanisms of exclusion and hierarchization which still persist. The elasticity of the category Hispanic does stand in contrast to the less flexible categories that have operated in the United States or South Africa, enabling José Martí to posit in 1891 the existence of a specifically Latin American cuture where “[n]o hay odio de razas, porque no hay razas” and “El alma emana, igual y eterna, de los cuerpos diversos en forma y en color.” Yet inclusion in the raza hispana does not confer recognition as blanco, as Martí’s own text suggests,
and history shows that conflict ensues when mestizaje mounts a serious challenge to hierarchies of lineage and color.
I started with the notes I had made yesterday, wrote and revised this, and decided which of the other points I want to make in the paper follows from right here. This is my old-old composition strategy, developed from the sixth grade forward.
I know this is only 132 words. They were actually written in 30 minutes, far too slow for Trollope. I lazily couched the accomplishment of this work somewhere in four hours, during which I also thought about it, made coffee, read news, and chatted with a former student about teaching ideas and an article of hers.
The Boyceans would say I was procrastinating and should have used my time more wisely but this was how I wanted to do it, and it’s a Friday in summer so I could, and I thought it was all very human, and this is what I like those large blocks of time for, some days.