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Why "Class H"?

The novels of the Class H Trilogy are a cautionary tale on the dangers of extremism. They envision a nightmare future where today’s divisive immigration debate spirals out of control and spawns a Latino insurgency in the United States. In reaction to that insurrection, demagogic politicians create a separate category of citizens: Class H. These are people born in a Spanish-speaking country or having at least one grandparent of these origins. In a parallel to the Japanese internment during WWII, the federal government attempts to quarantine and relocate these citizens, ostensibly to maintain law and order. The draconian measure backfires, further radicalizing the Hispanic population. 

According to best-selling author Ralph Keys, the novels of the Class H Trilogy “raise questions that we ignore at our peril.” I hope that in discussing the often-thorny issues the novels raise will allow us to avoid this nightmare future. 

Raul Ramos y Sanchez
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Some discussion topics...

The turmoil in the Class H series parallels similar ethnic conflicts with the Basques in Spain, the Tamils in Sri Lanka, the Chechens in Russia, and the Balkans. Do you believe a similar conflict could ever develop in the United States?

Were you surprised to learn of the racial prejudice within the Latino community in the U.S. and in the nations of Latin America? Were you aware of the history of emnity between Spanish-speaking nations?

The terms “Hispanic” and “Latino” exist only within the borders of the United States. Given the diversity of race and culture among Latin American nations, why do you believe many people from Latin America in the United States accept the Hispanic identity?

Did the acceptance of the Hispanic identity contribute to the turmoil depicted in the story?
How would you compare the grievances of the Hispanic insurgency in the story to grievances of other wars of independence such as the American Revolution or the U.S. Civil War?

If you were one of the interned Hispanics, what would you have done differently to change your conditions?

Did any characters make you aware of the racial diversity of people labeled Hispanic? Is “Hispanic” a race?

What challenges do couples of different ethnicities face in today’s society? What unique challenges do children of these unions face?
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