Lisa Marie Cacho

Social Death. It is in our library!

JV6456 .C33 2012

There is a chapter in it, “The violence of value,” on the concept of unpayable debt.

REM is another of the books that raises the idea of race and drops it.

A form of evoke-and-elide is described at the link above:

“Yet, the U.S., to upkeep its ‘anti-racism’ claim, doesn’t allow the marginalized to be completely outside of the law or society such that inclusion is deemed possible (because that would be the antithesis of the American Dream). But behind the curtain, every part of the system makes it so the marginal’s full inclusion in society is impossible. This permits the “American dream” to subsist and allows this idea of always being able to climb the social and monetary ladder to be seen as viable when that is not the case.”

These novels participate in the construction of a state narrative that promotes mestizaje, as we know, but there is more to it. It’s as though it were insurance or a vaccination against the possibility of Black insurrection. They continually bring up all the reasons why the issue needs to be addressed, and then sweep it under the table. “No, we won’t have to have equality, and no, they will not successfully rebel.”

So my reading is new in that it does not just point out that these are representations of mestizo nations. There is more. Is it that they are machines of anti-blackness, or filled with mechanisms of anti-blackness? Possibly: they are narratives designed to naturalize anti-blackness.

We can see this because in the violence and the contradictions of these mestizo-oriented texts. Mestizaje is a constant struggle and the largest part of that struggle seems to be against darker others.

Meanwhile, there is this discussion of Handke. As my friend said: the victim is seen to join Team Oppressor such that the victimizer poses as the victim. Handke goes to the killing fields and takes a literary selfie, which then becomes canonical Western literature. Does Carpentier do this>


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