Now we have two novels in my chapter or essay which are explicitly about building the white nation, to the extent that they are about building one. That means it is time for more, or time to work on theoretical framework and structure.
(I have always been outraged when people call cultural appropriation and ethnic lynching, mestizaje — which would be something else, especially if it came of love — and expect one to believe them. That is why I am talking about all of this. I have more reasons but this is the emotional one. The reason I am so outraged is that it is such a blatant manipulation. It is a version of this — “We are doing this to you and it will mold you and your thoughts to what we want them to be; and you will not remember it or remember how it was not to have suffered what we are doing now; and once this is done you will believe whatever we say about what you see no matter how much what we say defies all reason; and if you do not believe you will be called insane and believe that, or be called destructive and worry that it is true.”)
Mestizaje happens on the mother’s line: it is the Malinche’s children who are mestizo, and the Cortés figure usually has a white family that is his legitimate one. In the mestizo world paternity is hidden. But the separation of these two incompatible systems leads to incest, and their revelation leads to cataclysms, so there is a double bind. Somehow it seems that incest is the stumbling block, a cipher for the reason we cannot get into modernity (I have to work on this).
Let us see. As long as the double system exists without being revealed, we get incest AND do not know it AND the colonial slavocracy goes on. If the incest is revealed then decisions have to be made (whether it matters or not, for one thing, but much more). This is all bad enough but the serious problem in the novel is that Cecilia is willing to fight for Leonardo. In that sense the novel is about the insurgent persons of color and women and she is one — I like her much better now. And she has to be disappeared, among other reasons because she is a vestige of the old system.
Double binds for Cecilia: she is supposed to whiten, but not have true access to whiteness. In this way the novel shows how short sighted or hypocritical the discourse and policies around whitening were; they do not make sense and in fact work to postpone more serious discussion of the racial situation; whitening is actually a plan to impede progress and retain as much white supremacy as possible, as we know.