By Cherríe L. Moraga
Thirty years after the booklet of Anzaldúa and Moraga’s assortment This Bridge known as My Back, a landmark of women-of-color feminism, Moraga’s literary and political praxis continues to be stimulated by means of and intertwined with indigenous spirituality and her id as Chicana lesbian. but facets of her considering have replaced over the years. A Xicana Codex of adjusting Consciousness unearths key changes in Moraga’s inspiration; the breadth, rigor, and philosophical intensity of her paintings; her perspectives on modern debates approximately citizenship, immigration, and homosexual marriage; and her deepening involvement in transnational feminist and indigenous activism. it's a significant assertion from one in all our most vital public intellectuals.
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Still, I don’t see them that much anymore. There was a time, living in New York City in the early eighties, when I ran with a buncha white and Black literary girls and we had a shared purpose. Cuz I was still thinking kind of in black and white back then, never naming, except with great pains in my own private writings, what really tormented my soul at night: a desire for return more primordial than any simple cross-country relocation to Califas could fulfill. A longing for that Mexican Indian “Madre” waiting for me at home in the body of my relatives here and gone, in the body of a woman my age and wanting.
I also fear the loss of Nuevo México to New York artists; the loss of Mexican Indian curanderismo to new age “healers”; the loss of Día de los Muertos to a San Francisco–style celebration of Halloween; the loss of indigenous tribal and familial social structures to the nuclear family (gay and straight); the cultural loss for children of color through adoption by white parents (gay and straight); the loss of art to commerce. ” I never knew I would experience it this way; this intimate sense of a pueblo in the body of a boy.
The United States does not need to be defended; it needs to be cured. The collective denial of guilt in this country weighs so heavily upon its national psyche that soon the day will come when not one scapegoat (neither Muslim fundamentalist, Mexican immigrant, nor lesbian of color) will be able to carry it. I work forward to that day. 33 An Irrevocable Promise / 2002 s ta g i n g t h e s t o ry x i C a n a The ceremony always begins for me in the same way . . always with the hungry woman. Always the place of disquiet (inquietud) moves the writing to become a kind of excavation, an earth-dig of the spirit found through the body.
A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness: Writings, 2000–2010 by Cherríe L. Moraga