Chicanos in Exile

Posted: October 26, 2014 by conca1 in Uncategorized

(From The Raving Press’ blog “Cross Sections”)

The word “exile” is shown in a google search as the state of being barred from one’s country for political or punitive reasons. I was intrigued by this phrase:”…barred from one’s country…”. The argument can be made that one of the causes of the formation of the Chicano consciousness is the fact that Mexican/Americans and other Latin Americans as well have for a long time in the history of this country been marginalized people who have to deal with the realities of an undefined identity because of incarcerations, deportations, and even persecution at times. There are also the issues of racism and discrimination which are well documented in our history that constitute a very real sense of having for a long time been “barred from one’s country” in terms of having access to full participation culturally, politically, and socially. The only difference with a traditional understanding of the term is that a person in exile is typically seen as one who is also barred physically from their country of origin… (Visit site for full article.)

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