It is soon, and I do not have time to write it, but I must do it right, and it is designed as a way to start in on my LASA paper.
I think I will use my ERIP paper and write a cover letter for it, essentially, that moves it ahead.
What I am to say is that mestizaje is what has been used to claim Latin American exceptionalism. And exceptionalism is criollista and reactionary in my view — and not scientific.
Denise da Silva’s work, among others, however, talks about global theories of race.
That helps to disable the exceptionalist discourse so that we can talk about specificity rather than exceptionality. If we can stop being so defensive, we can become scientific.
I am not sure about this, but it is a start.