“Puerto Rican Negro”

Marta Caminero-Santangelo

in On Latinidad

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780813030838
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039213 | DOI:
“Puerto Rican Negro”

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This chapter discusses the theme of racial denial, which is evident in the novel Down These Mean Streets by Piri Thomas. The novel was published five years before Rudolfo Anaya's Bless Me, Ultima, and shares the same theme. The protagonist of Piri's novel must also learn the “lessons” of racial identity that are suppressed by his family and its narrated myths of origin, no doubt in a defensive move against racial construction.

Keywords: racial denial; Down These Mean Streets; Piri Thomas; Rudolfo Anaya; Bless Me; Ultima; racial identity; racial construction; defensive

Chapter.  8716 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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