Anzaldua_Borderlands

Anzaldua_Borderlands - be stopped by la migra at the border...

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Borderlands By Gloria Alzaldua To live in the borderlands means you are neither hispana india negra española ni gabacha, eres mestiza, mulata, half-breed caught in the crossfire between camps while carrying all five races on your back not knowing which side to turn to, run from; To live in the Borderlands means knowing that the indian in you, betrayed for 500 years, is no longer speaking to you, that mexicanas call you rajetas, that denying the Anglo inside you is as bad as having denied the Indian or Black; Cuando vives en la frontera people walk through you, wind steals your voice, you're a burra, buey, scapegoat forerunner of a new race, half and half - both woman and man, neither- a new gender; To live in the Borderlands means to put chile in the borscht eat whole wheat tortillas speak Tex-Mex with a Brooklyn accent;
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Unformatted text preview: be stopped by la migra at the border check points; Living in the Borderlands means you fight hard to resist the gold elixer beckoning from the bottle, the pull of the gun barrel, the rope crushing the hollow of your throat; In the Borderlands you are the battleground where enemies are kin to each other; you are at home, a stranger, the border disputes have been settled the volley of shots have shattered the truce you are wounded, lost in action dead, fighting back; To live in the Borderlands means the mill with the razor white teeth wants to shred off your olive-red skin, crush out the kernel, your heart pound you pinch you roll you out smelling like white bread but dead; To survive in the Borderlands you must live sin fronteras be a crossroads...
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