The Avant-Garde Identity

The avant-garde’s “delusion of whiteness” is the specious belief that renouncing subject and voice is anti-authoritarian, when in fact such wholesale pronouncements are clueless that the disenfranchised need such bourgeois niceties like voice to alter conditions forged in history. The avant-garde’s “delusion of whiteness” is the luxurious opinion that anyone can be “post-identity” and can casually slip in and out of identities like a video game avatar, when there are those who are consistently harassed, surveilled, profiled, or deported for whom they are.

Delusions of Whiteness in the Avant-Garde, by Cathy Park Hong.

Whereas Latino/a poetics, if I may, is the struggle of those who recognize the often violent process of (re)negotiating identity: who I was/am, who the world thinks I was/am, whom I am becoming, whom I may become, whom I may not become, whom I’ll become anyway.

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