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|2||Racial Formation: Spain's Racial Order||49|
|3||The Move North: The Gran Chichimeca and New Mexico||67|
|4||The Spanish Settlement of Texas and Arizona||97|
|5||The Settlement of California and the Twilight of the Spanish Period||127|
|6||Liberal Racial Legislation during the Mexican Period, 1821-1848||161|
|7||Land, Race, and War, 1821-1848||187|
|8||The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and the Racialization of the Mexican Population||215|
|9||Racial Segregation and Liberal Policies Then and Now||277|
|Epilogue: Auto/ethnographic Observations of Race and History||297|
Posted June 10, 2003
My two cents. By M. J Araujo Philosophy major at the University of California Riverside. Something to keep in mind: Blacks were considered property, and a such they were treated. When the land mass which we know today as 'Mexico' was in a revolutionary stage, slave owners transferred their negro property to the Caribbean, so that they would not lose their investment. This makes perfect logical sense, as opposed to Menchaca¿s view that the Spanish made no attempt to protect their investment which is absurd in itself. Her suggestion is equivalent to a person moving out of their house and leaving all their belongings behind for the new tenant to enjoy. Now does this make sense? We must keep in mind that Spain at the time was one of the strongest Countries in the world and was a leading colonizer. The blacks which reside in Mexico today are immigrant arrivals from the Caribbean which came to Mexico upon their own free will. Now the review: She can¿t distinguish the co-reference of the word `Mexican¿, and often confuses her own thoughts, amounting to frequent absurdities. (1)One concept of the word `Mexican¿ means person born in the country Mexico. In other words a citizen of Mexico. Under this thought of the word `Mexican¿ anyone that is a citizen of Mexico qualifies. Whether they be black,white,asian, etc..(Mexico is a multicultural country) A necessary condition for this thought is the existence of the country known as Mexico( in space and in time) (2) The other concept of the word `Mexican¿ refers to the Mexican Race, people of Spanish and Indigenous heritage.Concept (2) can is present within concept(1). Her hypothesis on being 'Mexican' results in the merging of the two concepts together. The problem with this is that if the country known as Mexico were to disappear, meaning that the government would collapse those people that are immigrants of Mexico and those people that are descendants of people that were immigrants in Mexico, would no longer have the claim to being Mexican, because the country does not exist anymore. The very concept that these people are 'Mexican' relies solely on the condition that Mexico exist physically, that is that, it exist in space and time when the concept is expressed. In contrast, a person that is 'Mexican' in the sense that they have Indigenous and Spanish blood, would continue to be Mexican, even after the country Mexico has collapsed and its government has dispersed . When this happens there will only be one referent which refers to the property of 'being Mexican'.
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Posted April 30, 2013
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