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Racial Representation, Racism, and the Mexican Migrant

Center for Race & Gender
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The Center for Race & Gender Spring 2018 Distinguished Guest Lecture and The Campus Climate Speaker, Affirmation, and Empowerment Series present:

The Persistent Geography of the indio bárbaro:
Racial Representation, Racism, and the Mexican Migrant

María Josefina Saldaña-Portillo, New York University and UC Berkeley
Introduction by Prof. Susan Schweik, Department of English

Tuesday, Apr 10, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Multicultural Community Center, MLK Student Union Building
Location is ADA accessible

5:30​ ​pm – Reception
6​ ​pm – Lecture

Why does the citizenry of the United States so frequently represent the Mexican migrant as a would-be rapist, drug dealer, or murderer, and as the source of economic problems? This talk examines the representation of the threatening Mexican immigrant through the long history of constructing Mexicans as barbaric Indians. I examine this genealogy from the beginning of Spanish colonization in the early 16th century through the Anglo-American expansion of colonialism on the western frontier; from the 1846 U.S. war of aggression against Mexico through the application of Jim Crow in the Southwest; from the Chicano nationalist movement through the proliferation of the drug economy under the shadow of NAFTA. By understanding the historical function of the deathly Indian/Mexican bandit, we gain insight into the long life of this myth that has become part of our collective unconscious.

Detailed info: https://www.crg.berkeley.edu/events/maria-josefina-saldana-portillo-the-persistent-geography-of-the-indio-barbaro/