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mestizo

(māstē`sō) [Span.,=mixture], person of mixed race; particularly, in Mexico and Central and South America, a person of European (Spanish or Portuguese) and indigenous descent. The mestizos constitute a large part of the population in several Latin American countries; they are in various places also called by other names, e.g., ladinos in Guatemala, caboclos in Brazil. The word is primarily applied to a mixture of racial strains, but it has acquired social and cultural connotations; it may be applied to pure-blooded indigenous people who adopt European dress and customs. All persons of mixed race are called mestizos in the Philippines.
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The ironic notion that rage is more intense when a "black" is more a "black" or an Indian is more an Indian, and less so when a writer is speaking of "creoles" or mestizoes, or when a writer is referring to a sector of the population that makes up a part of what Vincent terms the "curiously mixed races" of Central America, indicates that racism operates on the fluid scale of what is closest to the "white" and farthest away from the "white.
They are very ignorant, very lazy, but quite hospitable--that is for a 'gratification: They are good-natured and lively, and this, in fact, seems to be the case with the lower classes of mestizoes all over Central and South America" (72).