Journal Article — Resisting Legibility on the Borders: Opposition to the Violent Intersections of Race, Nationality, and Sexuality — by Kevin Allred
Through an exploration of the capital, cultural, and political impossibility inscribed onto the queer body of color by the nation, this article attempts to interrogate violence against those bodies (specifically utilizing the case of transgender Latina Bibi Barajas) in an attempt to excavate productive strategies of resistance able to counter that violence. By building an alternative archive of resistance, it becomes possible to resist speaking for those whose bodies are subjected to violence and to oppose pulling them into legibility. Instead, one can grieve them in order to powerfully critique the invisible systems of oppression and domination that produce and regulate nonwhite nonheteronormative subjects–systems that then become visible through acts of violence committed against the queer body of color.
Allred, Kevin. 2006. “Resisting Legibility on the Borders: Opposition to the Violent Intersections of Race, Nationality, and Sexuality.” Pp. 205-216 in Re-Membering Anzaldúa: Human Rights, Borderlands, and the Poetics of Applied Social Theory: Engaging with Gloria Anzaldua in Self and Global Transformations (Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge: Volume IV, Special Issue, 2006.) Belmont, MA: Okcir Press (an imprint of Ahead Publishing House).
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