The number of unaccompanied minors detained at the U.S. border with Mexico continues to rise, with more than 6,700 taken into custody in December alone, according to the latest figures released this week.
The number is a jump from roughly 5,600 detained in November and 4,973 in October, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Compared to same three-month period in 2014, the number of apprehensions in 2015 represents a 117% jump.
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Casta Paintings: Inventing Race Through Art
Mexican Art Genre Reveals 18th-Century Attitudes on Racial Mixing
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art hosted a major exhibition of paintings that reflect what many upper-class Spaniards thought about race, class and skin color during the time of the Spanish colonization of Mexico in the 1700s.
Here’s a photo and a couple quotes that remind us of the colonization of the America’s by Europeans and the mixing by force as opposed to mixing by choice.
In modern times most of the rhetoric around mixed heritage has a positive spin. We would be wise to understand an alternative view and be prepared to respectfully dialog with those who may view multiculturalism in a negative light.
“…an important caveat follows for postcolonial practices, namely the risk that hybridity might be re-colonised by the apparatus of power as either compensation for our losses, or as the velvet glove of enjoyment that goes hand in hand with the iron fist of exclusion.” ––Kobena Mercer
“As the title of the photograph suggests, Buitrón is not only concerned with Anglo American stereotypes about Indian women, but also with Mexican and Chicano/a fantasies about them. “Ixta Ponders LeverageBuyout” identifies the woman as the legendary Aztec princess Ixtacihuátl.” – Catriona Rueda Esquibel
Glenn is a European-American married to a Mexican-American. They have two children, made in California. Glenn is interested in progressive immigration reform, and desegregation within schools and communities. He is a life long learner with interests in sociology, anthropology, psychology, history and politics.