Benjamin Ortiz teaches journalism, literature and writing at Truman College, Chicago. His writing has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Reader and Café Latino Lifestyle Magazine, among other outlets.
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Growing up in the Rio Grande Valley flipped the national compass on its head — I experienced trans-Atlanticism simply by crossing the border into Mexico, where I frequented discotheques that played the hottest music from Europe, transporting me into a galaxy of new ideas about sex, politics and cultural identity.
While the underlying glue of the movie is class and affluence, “You People” touches on attempts to embrace diversity, equity and inclusion: diametrically opposed beliefs are not easily bridged in the real world, where deep-seated prejudices inform cultural and racial identity.