Xicanismo transcends a mere label of being Mexican or Mexican American. The “X” connects the person to a recognition of their indigenous identity that is often overlooked by many Mexicans. Just as many in the Mexican community decry their Blackness, many to decry their indigenous culture and indigenous blood. This identity of Xicanismo reclaims indigenaity by using the “X” which is commonly used for the “ch” sound in indigenous languages.
I am unapologetically Xicana. I am a mezcla of colonized peoples, and I recognize my indigenous ancestors.
by VirgenMaria May 11, 2018