'Patch1,' by Jim Davis-Rosenthal





"Pride goeth before the fall"?

Perhaps. It is also an essential element of how we manage to keep on keepin' on, within our homes, our communities, our daily struggles. Recent news on the national scene here in the U.S. has shown us pride eclipsed by vanity or the vainglorious attempts to sate what many of us have come to assume is the emptiness of public office. From that perspective, it becomes ever more difficult to introduce our international readers to the tarnished maxim of boasting "I am proud to be an American."

On the other hand, we at STANDARDS have long held that usurping the term "American" to include only the United States is a brand of hegemony that falsely separates all peoples of the North, Central, and South American regions. In a larger context, then, we can all take pride in our collective and individual histories, as well as in the progressive movements around the world to share these cultural efforts. This issue of STANDARDS reflects our continued commitment to those writers, artists, historians, and scholars whose steadfast work reminds us of the importance of grace in pride.

This is one of the great glories of the Internet: our ability to stay in contact with culture as it happens, as it appears, and as it provokes thought (although the term "Internet Life" still seems a bit restrictive, if not outright foreboding, for many of us).

In determining the parameters for this issue of STANDARDS, we considered some of the quandaries that persist within the study of multiculturalism: the dichotomy between "victims" and "survivors"; the everlasting focus on "black and white" issues of race and color; new crises in class consciousness; and the continued emphasis on "identity politics" in the 1990s. What we've offered, as a result, is an overview of some of the best work on and off the 'Net. We hope this will give you a jump-start into some wonderful Winter and Spring reading.

En junta,


Canéla A. Jaramillo

Canéla Analucinda Jaramillo
Boulder, Colorado




Text © 1998 by Canéla Analucinda Jaramillo

 Original Graphic © 1998 by Jim Davis-Rosenthal



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