The browning of Black politics: Foundational Blackness and new Latino subjectivities

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This article examines the historic and contemporary circumstances that have produced recent fusions between US-American Black and Latino subjectivities in Houston, Texas. It analyzes expressive culture, ethnographic data, popular media and theories about racial power to argue that memories of anti-Black racism and Black anti-racism strongly influence Latino modes of counter-hegemony and complicate the ways in which Black and Latino histories and subjectivities are analyzed. Houston's unique location and history have created a condition through which Blacks and Latinos have shared a uniquely common experience as targets for state-sanctioned racial violence. That shared struggle has produced a wariness of race that bonds the two groups together. Blackness has served as the primary adhesive in that bond because of what I argue to be its function as a universal signifier of opposition to white supremacy from which Latinos draw strength.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-67
Number of pages21
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2011


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