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The Sounds of LatinidadImmigrants Making Music and Creating Culture in a Southern City$
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Samuel K. Byrd

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479859405

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479859405.001.0001

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Race and the Expanding Borderlands Condition

Race and the Expanding Borderlands Condition

(p.165) 7 Race and the Expanding Borderlands Condition
The Sounds of Latinidad

Samuel K. Byrd

NYU Press

This chapter situates Latin music in the context of new forms of social and structural racism, expressed in the racialization of Latina/o immigrants and the exceptionality of immigration enforcement seemingly exempt from civil rights law oversight. After briefly outlining the legacy of racial segregation and violence in the U.S. South, along with Latin American racial projects, the chapter analyzes the racialized experience of Latina/o immigrants to Charlotte, highlighting three themes: (1) how southern latinidad, particularly in music, informs how Latina/o immigrants see themselves as racial subjects; (2) the detrimental effects of racial profiling in immigration policing and the geography of racism in Charlotte; and (3) how Latino residents see Charlotte in the context of the U.S. South as a haven from racism and as a site for creating antiracist and nonracist community in the face of anti-immigrant oppression.

Keywords:   Latin music, social racism, structural racism, Latina immigrants, Latino immigrants, latinidad, U.S. South, anti-immigrant oppression, racial profiling

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