Movement Formation Write-Up
This writing focus primarily on shifting modes of racialization in the 20th century and the forms of Chicanx resistance that have arisen in response.
- The exploitation of the laboring Chicanx subject and resultant labor rights organizing
- The criminalization of the Chicanx subject and the civil rights battles waged to gain recognition for Chicanxs in law/society
- Fear of radical or revolutionary Chicanx youth and their competing visions for radical forms of Chicanx politics
These three distinct histories provide a framework for thinking about the formation of the Chicanx movement as a three-part process in the 1960s. This assignment is a reading response, designed to have you revisit the readings from week one of the course and think about them in relationship to these three 20th century histories of resistance weâ€™ve talked about in the week 6 readings.
For this 500-word writing assignment, your task is to choose one of the three histories listed above and write about it as an aspect of Chicanx movement formation. In order to do so, this assignment requires you to pick one of the readings from week 6 and put it in conversation with one of the readings from week 1. Think about and analyze these two readings together. Ask yourself: how do these two texts work together to explain the formation of the Chicanx movement and its resistance to white supremacy? What form(s) of violence and marginalization are they responding to? What vision(s) of a Chicanx politics do these texts offer? How do they define or critique radical Chicanx resistance within one of these three frameworks? You do not need to answer all of these questions in detail, they are simply here to guide your writing response and prompt you to think about how and why various forms of Chicanx politics come into existence.
You must have completed all the readings and utilize at least two different authors (one from week 1, one from week 6 as evidence in your write-up. You also must include in-text parenthetical citations for all direct quotations, but you do NOT need a full works cited page.
Please let me know which two readings you are going to use for the writing.
I will post all the PDF files of those readings from week 1 and week 6. All files are labeled with week 1 or week 6.
Movement Formation Write-Up Rubric
The student writes a complete 500 word write-up that utilizes two appropriate readings as substantive support/evidence. The student writes clearly and coherently, mostly in their own words. The student draws strong connections between specific histories of racialization and specific forms of Chicanx resistance. The student shows an understanding of the formation of Chicanx movement politics.