[The following excerpts are from Anzaldúa’s penultimate draft of this chapter, “geo
of selves_nosotras,” last saved March 23, 2003. Given Anzaldúa’s penchant for
ongoing revision, as well as her indecision about this chapter, it’s impossible to
know whether she would have reinserted some or all of this material into the “final”
version of chapter 4. The draft is located on Anzaldúa’s hard drive in the folder “diss
chapters,” subfolder “4. geo of selves.”]
geogrAPhies of the seLf—reimAgining identity:
nos/otrAs (us/other) And the new tribALism
Thirty years ago, Raza students across the U.S. demonstrated in high
schools and on university campuses. During the late 1960s, they criti-
cized public schools and universities for being complicit with the system
of white supremacy. They demanded educational self-determination
and sought to give students and teachers normally silenced a voice in
learning institutions. Via sit-ins, speak-outs, and walkouts, they em-
powered students and connected with community struggles. Their ac-
tivism precipitated the birth of Chicano studies, Raza, ethnic studies,
women’s [studies], and, later, Latino studies. Thirty years ago tomaron
el compromiso, they committed to transform not only the entire edu-
cational system but also society.
Appendix 4 | Alternative Opening, Chapter 4
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