From «Vergüenza» to «Échale Ganas»
Chapter 1. Latino Boys’ Counterstorytelling
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LATINO BOYS’ COUNTERSTORYTELLING
Students of color are allowed to enter the classroom but never on an equal footing. When they walk in, they are subject to the same racial stereotypes and expectations that exist in the larger society. Students of color do not have the advantage of walking into a classroom as individuals; they walk in as black, brown, or red persons with all the connotations such racialization raises in the classroom. They do not walk into a classroom where the curriculum embraces their histories. They walk into a classroom where their histories and cultures are distorted, where they feel confused about their own identities, vulnerabilities, and oppressions. (Zamudio, Russell, Rios, & Bridgeman, 2011, pp. 18–19)
This book echoes the voices of many U.S.-born Latino1 and Latino immigrant teenage boys in this country whose idea of getting an education for the betterment of their familias becomes a myth once their ethnic/cultural identities and gender are shaped by socio-historical constructs used in a culture of whiteness to oppress and to marginalize Communities of Color. Drawing on critical race theory (CRT), Latino critical theory (LatCrit), and Chicano/Chicana epistemologies as a theoretical framework, I unpack how nine Latino boys’ counterstories, revealing their experiences with race, racism, and gender discrimination, which are usually silenced by majoritarian ← 1 | 2 → (quantitative and culturally biased) studies, challenge Latino boys’ school failure as a norm. In this book, I want to highlight that the experiences of Latino...
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