BRASA/LASA

The BRASA deadline is extended to September 1, Gott sei Dank, and I have to double-check the situation with LASA. I’d like to go to both just to see papers, and maybe I should even if I don’t get in or don’t make the submission deadlines. In the meantime, here are some of my old notes on race; I have not worked consistently enough since my disaster and that is why I have all these fragments I am trying to sew together.

From an ERIP conversation: there are intra-regional processes of racialization and they are becoming more and not less severe (se están agudizando); lo racial sí importa para la desigualdad, y se articula en otros procesos. Es efecto de las reformas neoliberales, que SON colonización. Y no ‘sicológico’ – sino técnica de poder.

The mestizo project of the 20s and 30s was also anti-Chinese! They were coming in and needed to be defined out of national character! Blackness in Mexico is invisible, or invisibilized as well, and the mestizaje project was about official inclusion and actual exclusion. It is ALSO about modernización e igualación social.

Also: mestizaje might be anticolonial, but it isn’t antiracist! Review Gamio, Forjando patria, his ideas of mestizaje. Also Moisés Saenz 1919, his idea of “ethno-races,” and El proceso de aculturación, Gonzalo Aguirre Beltrán 1957. And it was under the influence of FRANZ BOAS that “se dejó de hablar de raza en México.”

PROCESSES OF RACIALIZATION (that is key for F. da Silva). And: difference does not create inequality. You create race by recoding culture as biology. Racialization is NOT residuo colonial (and it is getting stronger now with neoliberalization). It is part of the structure of the CURRENT COLONIAL SITUATION, or a structuring part of it.

Racialization manipulates stereotypes, but to speak of race involves much more than classifying phenotypes. DA SILVA is talking about how race is produced. RACE is a concequence of RACIALIZATION, and not the opposite. El racismo surge de la política, y es herramienta.

Race as concept is preserved by the refusal to discuss racism.

Axé.

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