This essay examines the use of the term Juan Crow in protests against anti-immigrant legislation in the South. Using the passage of Alabama’s 2011 HB 56 law and the subsequent resistance to the legislation, this essay considers the limits of Juan Crow as a framework for immigrant justice. More specifically, it argues that the term erases the historical and contemporary presence of Afro-Latinos/ as in the South and that those deploying Juan Crow often inadvertently stage Jim Crow as a historical relic and Juan Crow as a present concern, thereby erasing contemporary black oppression in the region.
Juan Crow and the Erasure of Blackness in the Latina/o South
CECILIA MÁRQUEZ is an assistant professor in the History Department at Duke University. Her first book project, “The Strange Career of Juan Crow: Latino/as and the Making of the U.S. South, 1940 – 2010,” examines the social and cultural history of Latinos in the post – World War II South. Her work helps historicize contemporary Latino/a migration to the US South and emphasizes the importance of region in shaping Latino/a identity.
Cecilia Márquez; Juan Crow and the Erasure of Blackness in the Latina/o South. Labor 1 September 2019; 16 (3): 79–85. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/15476715-7569839
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