Rad Reading: "To live in the Borderlands means that you..."

by Abaki Beck

Text: To live in the Borderlands means you...

Author: Gloria Anzaldua

Quote to Highlight: "To live in the Borderlands/ means knowing that the india in you, betrayed for 500 years,/ is no longer speaking to you,/ that mexicanas call you rajetas,/ that denying the Anglo inside you/ is as bad as having denied the Indian or Black"

Quick Summary: A beautiful poem in which Anzaldua explores her mixed race Latina identity living on the Mexican/Texas border. In this piece, she discusses cultural hybridity, acceptance of all racial identities within yourself (oppressed and oppressor), and the mental conflicts of living "in the Borderlands" of race, gender, and nation. Gloria Anzaldua is a prominent Chicana feminist and cultural theorist whose most well known work is Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza. Read our Feminist Hero Friday profile of her! 

File it under: Latina feminisms, mixed race, poetry

Type of text:  Lyrical poem


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