The Cosmic Race. jOSE VASCONCELOS*. In Mexico, a confluence of armed revolts succeeded in toppling the prolonged auto- cratic presidency of Porfirio Diaz. In this influential essay, presented here in Spanish and English, José Vasconcelos predicted the coming of a new age, the Aesthetic Era, in which joy, love. “The Aesthetic Age posited by Vasconcelos, in which a mixture of all races is embraced, hasn’t arrived yet, but we have seen previews of it in the ‘Flower Power’.
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As he explains in his literary work, armies of people would then go forth around the world professing their knowledge. Vasconcelos continues to say that the people of the Iberian regions of the Americas that is to say, the parts of the continent colonised by Portugal and Spain have vasconcrlos territorial, racial, and spiritual factors necessary to initiate the “universal era of humanity”.
Claiming that Social Darwinism and racialist ideologies are only created to validate, explain, and justify ethnic superiority and to repress others, Vasconcelos attempts to refute these theories and goes on to recognize his words as being an ideological effort to improve the rsce morale of a “depressed race” by offering his optimistic theory of the future development of a cosmic race.
It originally referred to a movement by Mexican intellectuals during the s who pointed out that so-called “Latin” Americans have the blood of all the world’s so-called “races”: European, Asian-descended native Americans, and Africans, thereby transcending the peoples of the ” Old World “.
Vasconcelos also alluded to the term when he coined the National Autonomous University of Mexico’s motto: The term has come, often in its shortened version la Razato refer to the mixed-race people of Latin Americai. Vasconcelos also used the expression la raza de bronce ‘the bronze race ‘in this same sense.
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