Desde Me?xico A Ame?rica: Understanding Anti-Blackness In Mexican-American Communities In Texas
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When racism in America is defined as systematic oppression against people of color, there is a clear perpetrator of racism: white individuals, and a clear victim: people of color. Because of historical anti-Black institutions, this research attempts to reveal how people of color, specifically Mexican-Americans in Texas, can also be complicit and participate in anti-Black racism. By revisiting history of anti-Black racism in colonial Mexico and journeying on a timeline to Texas today, I uncover several social, institutional, and ideological ways in which Mexican-Americans do just that. The purpose of this project is to understand how and why two marginalized groups in America have found themselves in constant conflict in Texas and across the country. This is a micro-study into the patterns and trends of anti-Black racism in order to initiate questions and conversations about anti-Blackness in Latinx1 communities in general. In the pages that follow, we will explore whiteness, or the ways in which white structures, people, and identity enforce supremacy. We will also explore Latinidad and Mexican(American) structures, people, and identity, and the ways in which this group interacts with White supremacy and Blackness, or the ways in which Black structures, people, and identity interact with the two aforementioned areas of exploration. The goal of this thesis is to achieve a more complex and nuanced understanding of the history of anti-Blackness in order to design templates for how to potentially breakthrough these hierarchical systems of oppression.