Identity Politics (Part II)

March 31, 2012

One of the more obnoxious political phenomena this election cycle is the continued fixation of the media upon placing voters into specific taxonomic, ethnic boxes. Despite all evidence to the contrary, the press corps insist upon classifying all potential voters who hail from Spanish-speaking countries into the same amorphous, unitary bloc, regardless of the variant cultures and/or beliefs present within this “group.” A good antidote to this blinkered perspective is provided by Fausta Wertz, a respected blogger and writer who focuses primarily upon Latin American politics. She’s gone to the trouble of republishing her 2006 essay which illuminates the misconceptions that have gone into creating what she describes as the Hispanic mirage.

The only way to get past an illusion is to dispel it, and the best way to do so is by discovering the truth.


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3 Responses to Identity Politics (Part II)

  1. Levois on April 3, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    I think this could be said of the Trayvon Martin spectacle Gerard. Identity politics is thrown about in plenty of situations.

  2. Fausta on April 8, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    Thank you for your kind words. I aimed to point out what is the reality, but didn’t have time to address any issues on race relations in Latin America.

  3. G. Perry on April 8, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    That’s something I’d like to see explored a bit more. There were some interesting moments in Black in Latin America, but Henry Louis Gates couldn’t bring himself to evaluate Castro’s tropical gulag honestly. Racism in Castro’s Cuba

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