The International Journal of Critical Pedagogy

The Reflexivitiy of Pain and Privilege

Ellis Hurd


A Mestizo is an indigenous person of mixed heritage. Approximately 20 million Latinos living in the United States identify as Mestizos. Almost fifty percent racially or culturally identify as White, while the other half identify as Hispanic or mixed. These racial and cultural identifications are largely rooted in Spanish Imperialism and European Colonialism. Furthermore, these Mestizo identifications have vast effects on assimilation and achievement. A fresh and critical perspective frames the concerns surrounding many Mestizos today, as it attempts to offer people of indigenous decent and identification a voice while they continue clearing a path for those that may soon follow.


Mestizo; Mixed identity; Academic Achievement and Assimilation

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