Undoubtedly, pride in being Chicanx, the truth is

Undoubtedly, the Chicano Movement of the 1960’s accomplished milestones in terms of eradicating social barriers that prevent our people from integrating into American society. It derived from justified outrage towards the advantages white Americans have in all aspects of life and was one of the first to challenge such institutionalized hegemony. Although their activism strived to develop a sense of belonging in the U.S. while creating a sense of  identity and pride in being Chicanx, the truth is that it was not inclusive of all its people. Many Chicanx published authors such as Cherrie Moraga and Gaye Theresa Johnson rewrite historical records that neglect the accomplishments of people from multiple intersections such as women of color from a low income background and Chicanx queer. While it is essential to understand how heteropatriarchal norms and prejudice came at a price and give credit where it is due, I argue that these authors’ main desire is that we do not dwell on the imperfections of the movement and engage in political inertia, but rather pay attention to its strengths and weaknesses to use as a model for liberation. The current political state of our world demands that our generation of Chicanx people also reform our education system, immigration laws, and address issues such as transphobia that marginalize our beings, but this will only be attainable through intersectional resistance.  In Spaces of Conflict, Sounds of Solidarity, Johnson studies the relationship between gender and race through the work of Charlotte Bass and Luisa Moreno. By ignoring the prominent narrative that black and brown folks have consistently worked against each other while overcoming shared struggles and rather focusing on the collective strength of two undermined female activists, Johnson remains hopeful about coalitions between people of color. In Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color, Kimberle Crenshaw takes on different approach to that of Johnson that centers around the disproportionate violence inflicted on women of color. However, she does so with the intention of pointing out that “identity based politics has been a source of strength, community, and intellectual development.” (1242) Understanding how the combination of misogyny and racism can further systematic injustice is essential to working alongside people who may be queer, disabled, undocumented, and/or of color to name a few. Such collaborative resistance serves useful in a world in which the oppressors actively target an array of groups.