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Land of the Cosmic RaceRace Mixture, Racism, and Blackness in Mexico$
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Christina A. Sue

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199925483

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199925483.001.0001

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Situating Blackness in a Mestizo Nation

Situating Blackness in a Mestizo Nation

(p.114) 6 Situating Blackness in a Mestizo Nation
Land of the Cosmic Race

Christina A. Sue

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on that aspect of Mexican ideology which minimizes and excludes blackness from the image of the Mexican nation. It elucidates the myriad contradictions that Veracruzanos of visible African descent and the Veracruz region pose to this ideology. It illustrates how individuals of African descent manage their identities in an ideological context of nonblackness by evading a stable black identity. It also shows how all Veracruzanos collectively participate in distancing both their state and the nation from blackness, thereby reproducing the national ideology.

Keywords:   Race, Color, Mexico, Blacks, Slavery

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