Brown: the Last Discovery of America

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Brown: The Last Discovery of America completes Richard Rodriguez 's three-volume work in which he explains and explores the ethnic and racial future of America. In this particular book, the author defines the color brown not as the representation of the Hispanic race but as the color of the future. Black, white, yellow, the author explains, are incorrect racial categories for it is not how nature works. Nature yearns for combination of all different colors, and brown is the final result. In the chapter "Hispanics," as seen through imagery, personification, and humor, Richard Rodriguez upsets the reader to show that racial categorization is unfit and that racial barriers are meant to be broken. Rodriguez begins the chapter by …show more content…
This statement is funny because the reader himself is well acquainted with this term and probably has used it in his childhood. Though it is humorous, Rodriguez wants the reader to realize that the American language is unique because it has "its disinclination to be tied down" (113). The language itself is always yearning for the next generation to twist and form it to its own. Another comical section involves the character Miss Bolivia, a fictional character on a game show. The host, in the voice of Rodriguez, states that "she is destined for Hispanicity because [she] lives in the United States" (119). "¿?", the girl responds. She considers herself to be "¡Bolivian!" (119). But the host does not care about Miss Bolivia 's opinion and "bid farewell to [her] and asks ‘Who 's our next contestant, Johnny? '" (120). This scenario appeals to the reader because the host does not care for Miss Bolivia 's opinion. She might think she is Bolivian, but she is going to be thought of as a Hispanic nevertheless. The author mainly mentions Miss Bolivia to show that by coining the word Hispanic in which it groups unrelated people, it has become a "hybrid, uniform, [and] colorless" (120). In other words, Hispanicism belongs not to one specific group but to everyone. As a result, humor subtlely suggests that racial categories do not reflect reality. Finally, personification communicates the nature of the word "Hispanic," an object
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