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Cis 2009 Jonathan Rosa

  1. 1. “ That Doesn’t Count as a Book, That’s Real Life” : Criminalized Literacies, Orthographic Polyphony, and Latin@ Identities in a Chicago High School <ul><li>Jonathan Rosa </li></ul><ul><li>Department of Anthropology </li></ul><ul><li>University of Chicago </li></ul><ul><li>Community as Intellectual Space </li></ul><ul><li>UIUC Community Informatics Initiative/ </li></ul><ul><li>Juan Antonio Corretjer Puerto Rican Cultural Center </li></ul><ul><li>June 14, 2009 </li></ul>
  2. 2. New Northwest High School
  3. 3. Competing Fashionings of Latinidad (Latin@-ness) ¿Boricua y Mexicano luchando mano a mano? (Puerto Ricans and Mexicans fighting hand in hand?)
  4. 8. General JUNIOR SHYt JOSH DUMPED JESSICA FOR A DUMPAZZ GURL KNOWN AS ASHLEY BY SORCES OF THE FRESHMEN VERY COMMONLY KNOWN AS MISS ASSFREE lEFTY IS DATING A FRESHMEN KNOWN AS LEAH THEY LOOK LIKE BROTHER AND SISTER CUZ OF THEIR HAIR BUT THEY LOOK VERY CUTE 2GETHER   Music soPHMORE sHYT ******* jOSH CUZIN OF TRPLETS MIGHT HAVE FUCKED A FRESHYY SHE MIGHT BE PREGANET   Movies fRESHEMN sHYT: ******** tHE FRESHEMNS HAVE A HOE IN THE GROUP SHE DATED THE TRIPLETS CUZIN THEN DUMPED HIM FOR HIS OWN CUZIN THATS WAT I CALL CRAZY BICTH ******* SOPHMORE FUKED THE ONE AND ONLY YESENIA SOURCES HAVE SAID THAT SHE MIGHT BE PREGENAT TOLD BY HERSELF ********** Morgan dumped triplet for her now boyfrind MJ they are in &quot;LOVe&quot; **** Yesenia and Jocelyn are having big problems they hate eachother so bad for no dammn reason
  5. 11. <ul><li>“ BAKK off Hat3RZ! K33p HATINg Bitch3z! G3t A fuckkiN Lif3 ztop getting ON 3V3Rybody’z BUZiN3ZZ fuckking LAM3 AZ Bitch3Z!! Tackk ALL U fukkiN WANT! iit DNt fukkin HURT kkuz U juzt h4ttin, juz MAKKin m3 PROUD BitCh!!” [Back off, haters! Keep hating, bitches! Get a fucking life…stop getting on everybody’s business fucking lames ass bitches!! Talk all you fucking want! It don’t fucking hurt because you’re just hating, just making me proud bitch!] </li></ul>
  6. 12. <ul><li>JR: In our interview you said that you were playing xbox live and someone told you to “shut the fuck up, you Mexican!”…you said you thought they said that because of your voice… </li></ul><ul><li>Here’s my question: (1) What’s your avatar look like? Does it have white or brown skin? (2) What is your gamertag? Does it “sound” Spanish? And (3) What does your bio say? </li></ul><ul><li>I’m giving a presentation at the University of Michigan today and I want to be able to play part of our interview. </li></ul><ul><li>D: It has like a golden brown skin. My gamertag is ps3killa360love. </li></ul><ul><li>I don’t have a bio </li></ul><ul><li>JR: Just presented…they loved it! …you’re a star! :) </li></ul><ul><li>D: Lmao ok kool </li></ul><ul><li>JR: And now I have to write a chapter about your gamertag…that’s amazing </li></ul><ul><li>D: O ok. </li></ul>
  7. 13. <ul><li>In Conclusion </li></ul><ul><li>Students’ reading and writing skills were erased and/or criminalized. </li></ul><ul><li>The distinctions that students drew between practices such as gangbanging and tagging in order to distance themselves from criminality were rendered invisible. </li></ul><ul><li>Students alternately affiliated with “street kid” and “school kid” categories in order to manage competing pressure with which they were faced. </li></ul><ul><li>These practices and processes demonstrate the perils involved in the negotiation of Latin@ identities in school. Unless students’ skills and concerns are recognized as valid within school, the emergence of “young Latino professionals” will be loinked to the reproduction of stereotypes and inequalities that position students as gangbangers and hoes. </li></ul>

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