In Dew on the Thorn by Jovita Gonzáles1 the color of races play a significant role, gringos have blue eyes and servants are dark. Yet more interesting is the fact that the Caste system plays a role in the late 1800′s as is evident that society revolves around the color of the skin. Add to this the fact within the narrative that these Mexicans of the late 1800′s in Lower Texas had never seen a negro in their midst and you got yourself a decent cocktail to churn out all kinds of speculations.
But what bothers me the most in Jovita’s narrative is that her main Mexican characters are not considered to be Americans. This binomial bothers me. They Americans and We, Mexicans. I don’t know, I just can’t seem to place myself in that narrative.
1 González, Jovita. Dew on the Thorn. Ed. José Limón. Houston: Arte Público Press, 1997.