GLORIA ANZALDUA: THE NEW MESTIZA HOMELAND CAST ME OUT

 

As a Mestiza I have no country, my homeland cast me out; yet all countries are mine because I am every woman’s sister or potential lover. (As a lesbian I have no race, my own people disclaim me; but I am all races because there is the queer of me in all races.)  I am cultureless because, as a feminist, I challenge the collective turned because I am participating in the creation of yet another culture, a new story to explain the world and our participation in it, a new value system with images and symbols that connect us to each other and to the planet.  Soy un amasamiento, I am an act of kneading, of uniting, and joining that not only has produced both a creature of darkness and a creature of light, but also a creature that questions the definitions of light and dark and gives them new meanings.” (pg. 182)

 

This passage is from Gloria Anzaldua’s article, La Conciencia de la Mestiza: Towards a new Consciousness.  What is a new Mestiza? A new Mestiza expresses expressing multitudes of races, cultural and ideological terms. A Mestiza does not belong to one category but intertwines with many ranges. A Mestiza has indigenous origin but also shares current civilization blood and traditions.  Mestiza has ambiguity and has no home.  A drifting spirit, a Mestiza tries figuring out her own identity.

Anzaldua is clearly describing herself in this passages she identifies herself as a feminist and a woman. Like many other non Latin American places there are plenty of other women that deal with this multicultural conflict.

She is working to develop a new path towards looking at the world, eliminating sexist oppression and uniting all peoples, forming a new society that has a balanced ideology.  Anzaldua redefines herself and the surroundings she is in.  She is complex but focus in the direction she wants to head.

 

“I am an act of kneading, of uniting, and joining that not only has produced both a creature of darkness and a creature of light, but also a creature that questions the definitions of light and dark and gives them new meanings.”  Mestiza has this complexity that allows women to understand the light (right), the dark (wrong) sides of situations.

 

Anzaldua makes her own world that permits her to give new meanings to terms and circumstances because she shares a wide range of identities.

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