Vol. 17, No. 1 (2021): Salsa Dancing with Blount – Miguel A. De La Torre

Salsa Dancing with Blount – Miguel A. De La Torre


Using the dance floor as a metaphor, Blount calls for the coming together of equals willing to learn from each other. Unfortunately – as this article argues – whites drunk with the supremacy of their scholarship make bad dance partners and should be ejected until they learn the steps of the marginalized. What is called for is a rejection of white hermeneutics because of its conscious or unconscious complicity with white supremacy and colonialization. How do scholars of color dance to the tunes indigenous to their own culture; and why is such a dance crucial to our very well-being? The article also explores the second metaphor employed by Blount – border crossing. While Blount calls for border crossings in the classroom, I suggest this is a dangerous act which places scholars of color (especially those who were once “illegal”) in harm’s way, mainly because whites do not wish to build coalitions with those they deem as not belonging.

Key Words

otherness, white/Black dichotomy, border crosser, nepantla, (class)room

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