LATINX RACIAL SUBJECTIVITY

Latinx racial subjectivity is a complex and fascinating topic. While the census considers Latinx to be an ethnic group of diverse races, I grew up in a time and place when “Mexican” was clearly a racial term – regardless of the U.S. Census Bureau. I am interested in exploring the processes that contribute to particular racial subjectivities on the part of Latinx, especially ethnic-Mexicans. I want to understand what “browness,” “whiteness,” “blackness,” and indigeneity mean to Latinx, and how these meanings, positions, and identities vary over time and space, as well as their significance for the larger racial formation and other people of color. Given our numbers, I think Latinx racial subjectivity is central to the future of the U.S. nation. Most recently I have sought to entangle the indigenous nature of ethnic-Mexicans as well as Chicanx Studies relationship to settler colonialism. Because of the growing fragmentation of Latinx and ethnic-Mexicans in the U.S., I argue that we need to recognize our multiple positions as colonizers, colonized, immigrants, and, of course, as workers.