Friday, January 4, 2008

Inside the Checkpoints: The 51st State

Inside the Checkpoints: The 52st State
By Jay Johnson-Castro

While the 1250 miles of the Rio Grande corridor constitutes the most recognized border of any state of the United States, we fronterizos from one end of the Texas-Mexico border to the other have long lived in a disconnect, from each other. That disconnect is not an accident. While we might have different geology between El Paso and Brownsville, we also have some of the greatest continuity of history and culture of the all the Americas. We are the confluence of all the Americas, from Alaska to Argentina. We are the blend, the mix, of the two great cultures of the “New World”. We come together like two lovers in the night, and we proclaim, “Viva la diferencia”!

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