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Issue 20: How Are You?

AFROntera

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31.05.2021

AFROntera Manifesto

By way of rupture, AFROntera—the borderland, afro, mestizo, and anti¬colonial collective—proposes to vindicate identity as a strategy and political position and not as an end, against all essentialism and betting on revolutionary love and radical sincerity.

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Notes

  1. This is a political declaration issued by the AFROntera Collective. It does not pretend to be an academic text—in fact, quite the opposite It is fueled by our experiences in spaces that we believed were emancipatory, but which ended up hurting us. We are putting our motives and intentions on the table, calling out to the collective debate out of revolutionary love in order to build alliances outside of the West and invite our allies to escape with us.

  2. Translator’s note: A portmanteau of Afro (African) and frontera (border).

  3. Translator’s note: Sudaca is a pejorative term or slur that indicates a person from South America. It appears in the manifesto in the form sudaka, the “k” indicating that it has been reappropriated as a term of pride by people whom it was originally intended to oppress.

  4. Translator’s note: In the Spanish version of this manifesto, the authors use the term Indias. In both Spanish and English, this term is charged and can be considered disrespectful. However, like many of the racial terms mobilized in this article, its use can also indicate a reappropriation.

  5. Translator’s note: Marica is a slang derogatory term for a gay or queer person, which is also widely used as an affectionate term of friendship in certain parts of Latin America. Its spelling with a “k” indicates its reappropriation as a term of pride by those who it is intended to oppress.

  6. Translator’s note: Popola is a slang word for “vagina.”

  7. Translator’s note: 8M refers to March 8, International Women’s Day.

  8. Members: Waquel Drullard, Astrid Cuero, Brenda Nava, and Valeria Angola.

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