¡Malcreada! A Xicanista Rhetoric: Politics of Recognition and a Case for Incivility

  • Alejandra I Ramirez University of Arizona
Keywords: Education, Boarding schools, Inclivity, Xicana, colonization, Resistance, Pedagogical violence

Abstract

This project is a reconciliation with my testimonio y mi pasado y presente, however, my story is never out of the context of Eurocentric, settler colonialism. The story that I’m sharing demonstrates the effects that neoliberalism has had on me and my family, based on what I have seen and have learned from the stories of my mother, grandmothers, and father. This story in no way accounts for the stories of other Xican@s, Chican@s, Mexican@s, American@s, or any hyphenated or blending of these identities. Instead, the goal for this project is to share my story and identity, which is situated in a Xicana-Mexicana-Indigena context and understood through a lens of decoloniality and resistance. I was born in Eagle Pass, Texas, a border city with Piedras Negras, Coahuila. Out of necessity, my family moved from Mexico into the United States to work in the fields. Later, they moved to the Midwest to find better work. This story of migration is like many but is my family’s and my own. My hope for this essay is that it contributes to shared experiences, as well as to the understanding of decolonial and postcolonial rhetoric. 

Author Biography

Alejandra I Ramirez, University of Arizona

Alejandra I. Ramírez is a mother, budding scholar, writer, artist, and poet. Her intellectual and scholarly interests include decolonial praxis, student and social movements, transnational feminist logics, traditional medicine and healing. She loves to hike, go on long walks through the mountains, write and paint. A daughter of migrant and farmworker parents, her activism includes working with farmworker and student organizational efforts. She is also interested in institutional policy.

Published
2018-08-21
Section
Creative Works & Self-Reflections