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When I moved to Austin in the fall of 2008 to teach at the University of Texas, I was the envy of nearly everyone I knew. Those other Texas cities had their own racial and class problems, sure, but they all had vibrant Latino communities, and they were cities where I could experience myself as both a Tejana and a Texan, an American who was Latina.

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Things weren’t much better at UT, where the faculty was just 5.9 percent Latino (and just 3.7 percent African American).

I had to ask myself, In a city where Hispanics made up over a third of the residents, why were they so hard to find?

Austin prides itself on its cultural liberalism and sophistication, but given the invisibility of Latinos, it irked me that the city was obsessed with Latin American culture.

Austin’s fixation with tacos and migas and queso (“kay-so”) seemed to me a way for locals to fetishize a world most of them didn’t regularly engage with.

When I went salsa dancing downtown, a few times a white guy would sashay up to me with a sultry “” and I had to explain that I spoke English. When invitations called for “Texas chic” or “Austin cool,” I invariably wore the wrong clothes.

Once, I showed up at a beautiful Hill Country ranch wedding in a long summer dress and stilettos when all the women were in knee-length frocks and sandals or wedge shoes they could manage the rocky grounds in. I bought a condo in southwest Austin, in a neighborhood with a nice mix of natives and newcomers.For some reason, the area felt to me closer in spirit to the rest of Texas.On William Cannon Drive, I could drive a couple of miles west for lemon–poppy seed pancakes at Kerbey Lane Cafe or east for 99-cent barbacoa tacos at Las Delicias Meat Market.The development was still under construction when I moved in, and a crew of strictly Mexican workers was a ubiquitous presence during the first months I lived there.It was from them I learned about the great Austin divide and began to understand why I rarely saw any Latinos or blacks.A long-standing east-west geographic rift shapes race and class relations in the capital to this day.

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