The Undefeated Resilience of Marginalized Voices

And how whiteness tries to destroy them.

Anzaldua’s essay is at once about the voices of Chicana culture, which have been stolen, forbidden, and distorted, and Anzaldua’s internal voice. Her very sense of self, which exists despite the continuous attacks on her identity.

I’d like to note that Anzaldua never speaks a word of dialog, yet the dentist is still overwhelmed by her “tongue”. Her presence alone is enough to unnerve him.

Black, African American, woman. Here lie my three voices, they go with me everywhere. Sometimes they argue, but they are inevitably united. They cannot exist on their own. Without one, I would not exist.

Photo by Guilherme Stecanella on Unsplash

Words are the most powerful things I have encountered. That is why I ‘m a writer. My name even means “the ‘right’ way.”

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