The Gloria Anzaldua Under Ground Library

Being a Librotraficante through and through, the first thing I wanted to see when I stepped on to the University of Texas-Pan American Campus in Edinburg was the monument to its star alum-Mexican American literary icon Gloria Anzaldúa.

Yes, of course, her book Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza was part of the brilliant Tucson ISD Mexican American Curriculum that was prohibited under Arizona House Bill 2281, but her work had barrio cred, academic cred, and artistic cred way before that.

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2 thoughts on “The Gloria Anzaldua Under Ground Library

  1. Kat Martinez

    This is exciting news! Gloria Anzaldua’s work has enlightened me so much, and if her work can be preserved and carried on in any way, I support it. I hope to see the writings of women and people of color gain increasing recognition nationally as folks push against the ban of books in Tucson.

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  2. ZC

    I wholeheartedly agree with Kat. Gloria Anzaldua’s writing has enlightened me as well and I’m totally excited about the recognition that her work is receiving. What I find particularly exciting about this article is the ripple that Tucson’s HB 2281 has created across the “the borderlands.” Resistance to HB 2281 has been constant and powerful and it has inspired resistance in broad reaching places. Diaz says, Anzaldua’s “work had barrio cred, academic cred, and artistic cred way before” HB 2281, but once the MAS books were officially banned their power to alter our consciousnesses was revisited. I’m inspired by the links between all the different work that is going on as a response to 2281–the Librotraficantes working with UT Pan Am’s MAS club to honor Anzaldua’s legacy of Chican@ resistance.

    “The Gloria Anzaldúa Sin Fronteras Library is our way of responding to recent trends that marginalize Mexican and Mexican American identity and cultural practices. The attack on MAS and the banning of books in Arizona made us realize that, even long after the Chicano and Civil Rights movements, we are still fighting to defend our identity and to legitimize our role in this country. It is a sad realization that the struggle for justice and equality in the United States continues into the twenty-first century, and that today our nation is more divided than ever.”

    This quote stands out to me, as we’re talking about in this class, MAS, Librotraficantes, and strong-willed students challenge white supremacy and are part of the continued resistance against white supremacy.

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