Racial Politics in the New Gulf South
Publication Year: 2014
Published by: University of Texas Press
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One never accomplishes anything in this world alone. My commitment in this book to honoring the ef_forts of grassroots activists for social justice origi-nated in Baytown, Texas, long before I knew much about the life of scholars or ethnic studies and via the inspiration of former friends and neighbors. I met Gary Eagleton, Michael Wilson, and Janet Stansbury when I was still ...
Introduction. Hybrid Subjectivities
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My P.smcparentS are a chicano and a chicana. One was born in the United States and one in Mexico. Both were raised in El Paso, Texas, a town that predates the United States and was established by Spanish missionaries and conquistadors and their Tigua- Pueblo allies who f_led the Pueblo Revolt of 1six.lp80. Both my parents graduated from Ysleta High School in El Paso and ...
1. Foundational Blackness and the Racial State of Expendability
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...thiS chaP.smcpter haS two central P.smcpurP.smcpoSeS. The f_irst is to introduce the Houston area as a “contact zone,” a term I borrow from Mary Louise Pratt to describe a space that is demographically, geographically, and historically unique for the kinds of interactions between black and Latino/a lives that I am mapping.one.super The chapter’s second purpose is to introduce two conceptual ...
2. Black Gold and Brown Bodies: Early Baytown
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...i Set out F.smcpour oBJectiV.smcpeS in thiS chaP.smcpter. The f_irst is to demon-strate that anti- black violence was foundational to how communities like Bay-town were established during the late nineteenth to early twentieth centuries. That barbarism was primarily exercised in the form of vigilante and police terror during the mid- nineteenth to mid- twentieth centuries. Important gen-...
3. Subjectivities, Chopped and Screwed: Neoliberalism and Its Aftermath
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...in thiS chaP.smcpter i arG.smcpue that neoliBeral shifts af_fecting the U.S. oil industry in the late twentieth century contributed to the kinds of hybrid subjectivities and increased expressions of black- brown solidarity that began to emerge in Houston- area communities. The shifts included an inf_lux of more working- class African Americans and Latinos/as and the arrival of more ...
4. Rodney King en Español: Baytown’s Activist Awakening
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...in thiS chaP.smcpter i arG.smcpue that Baytown’S war on gangs in the 1990s exacerbated the expendability of working- class black and Latino/a communi-ties there and contributed to the death of Luis Alfonso Torres in 2002. Torres, as described earlier, was a forty- f_ive- year- old Mexican immigrant who lost his life while in custody of Baytown police of_f_icers. His death and the activ-...
Conclusion. Moral Witnesses and Mother ’Hoods
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My G.smcpoal in thiS concluSion iS twoF.smcpold. First, I aim to justify Bay-town’s activist awakening as an example of black- Latino/a solidarity but also as a critique of postracial discourse and its ef_fects. The awakening demonstrates that communities in the Gulf South, like communities across the South and Southwest, are just beginning to experience the amalgamation of structural ...
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Page Count: 285
Illustrations: 19 photos, 3 maps
Publication Year: 2014