On mestizaje, language purity and whiteness

I was reading an article about Ortiz and the founding of Latin American anthropology. Here is a quotation which fascinated me.

La opción filológica de Henríquez Ureña se debía en parte a esta alternativa: mientras que los científicos se habían equivocado al argumentar a base de hechos empíricos, tales como la mezcla racial, los filólogos tenían una base empírica mucho más precisa en la lengua. La herencia del Imperio español en las Américas era haber dejado una lengua que unificaba a los grupos diversos que habían formado una gran comunidad gracias a ella.

The philological option — language as whiteness. This idea is neither original to Henríquez Ureña nor new to me, but it throws into relief once again the relationship between race and language. I want to find the article again and think about it.

Axé.

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