I recently started LATINX by Ed Morales, and I must take a moment to recommend this very insightful and moving book. LATINX examines the history of and interface between social constructs of race in Latin America and social constructs of race in the United States, as well as the implications for our common future.
I didn’t realize how much I’d been searching for someone who could articulate this narrative until I found Morales’ work. LATINX has allowed me to assemble many disparate threads of truth that have been floating around in my head in a chaotic fashion for too long. It’s also helped me better interpret my transition from many years in Central America to my current life in the U.S., in particular the change in headwinds that Rafael and I faced as a couple when we left behind Heredia to move to Kansas City.
I’m still in the early stages of reading, processing, and understanding, so I’ll leave my personal reflection at that. Please go out and find this book – at your library, bookstore, or online. It’s essential reading for our current dialogue on race and race relations, and the kind of society we wish to build in the United States.
While I’m making a plug for great ideas, books, people, and events, I should also mention I discovered this book at the Tucson Festival of Books last March, which was quite simply the most amazing book event I have ever attended. Next year’s festival is March 14-15. Mark your calendars!
Wishing you a good weekend and enlightenment days to come.