Earlier this week the US2010 Project at Brown University released the report, “Latinos Divided by Nation of Origin”. In part, the reporter shares that “A political analyst says Latinos are not single issue voters…” The reporter then goes on about a growing diversity among Latinos, highlighting class and regional differences.
On the one hand, it seems silly to think that folks are still thinking of Latinos as being monolithic.
On the other hand, it feels good to read that folks are beginning to look at the concepts of mestizaje and pochismo. The concepts that Latinos have mixed heritages, many experiences, and that the times in which our communal or familial identity became formed is a part of the definition.
Years ago when I lived in Claremont neither the phrase Rockabilly or Chicano/Latino would not have been a part of the college community vernacular. Yet, there we were at the Latino Student Union at Pitzer*, held their 6th Annual Latina/o Student Union Rockabilly Festival.