about the nature of racism, sexism and homophobia within our culture and community. The new generation that has been raised within the United States has developed its cultural referents almost totally from popular culture because there is no organized movement within the Puerto Rican communities. We require films that celebrate our emerging cultural forms that are born of a new mestizaje: the reality of Latino ( Caribbean, Central and Latin American) and African American, Afro Caribbean shared experiences. And films that celebrate the new forms of resistance--the overt and covert forms that they take through song, language and organizations. We need a media that represents the best of mestizaje--a melange of our human experience with all its complexity, beauty and insight.
Reprinted by permission of the author and publisher from Centro Bulletin, 2:8(Spring 1990): 28-43. Copyright © Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños, 1990.