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Resisting Whiteness: Mexican American Studies and Rhetorical Struggles for Visibility

ByChad M. Nelson

In late 2012, Santino J. Rivera published a collection of Chicana/o literature as a cultural and political response to the closure of Mexican American Studies in the Tucson Unified School District. This essay argues that Rivera’s text invites critical interrogation of the whiteness ideologies underlying critiques of MAS in an attempt to make spaces for Chicana/o sensibilities. Such sensibilities, this essay argues, include In Lak’ech and mestiza rhetorics, which emphasize cultural empowerment, identification, spiritual love, and humanization.