Julia De Burgos Analysis

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Carmen Colón Pellot and Julia de Burgos were authors that challenge societal norms as women in the white male Hispanic Society era. At the time there were confinements placed upon blacks, which was why they both found it difficult to reunite with their heritage as mulata’s. Their gender was problematic in the white male society as well. The poems “Oh Lord, I Want to be White" by Carmen Colón Pellot and "Cry of the Kinky Haired Girl" by Julia de Burgos has made a significant impact on the “mulata” as a subject and not just a sexual object in the 20th century during the Negrista movement. First let’s look into the background of Carmen Colón Pellot born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico in 1911. "ambar mulato," which is an amassment of poems, was published in 1938 (Willis, 2003). She was associated with the newspaper "El Imparcial." The autobiographical tone and feeling of her poetry revealed that she was an inculcated woman of African descent. Her poetry is a direct and personal expression of her negreitude. She is preoccupied with Puerto Rico’s color hierarchy (Willis,2003). The author indirectly gainsays participation in the Negrista movement and apprises the audiences…show more content…
While these writers create Afro-Latino characters that are aware of their Latin American, or African roots, they are also pressured to assimilate into the norms established by society. One must bear in mind that the negrista literature stereotyped the black female body and presented the black human being as a object of the white man’s imagination. For this purpose, The poems “Oh Lord, I Want to be White" by Carmen Colón Pellot and "Cry of the Kinky Haired Girl" by Julia de Burgos (Willis, 2003) challenged societal norms as women in the white male Hispanic society era. In addition, individual versus societal level is compared and contrasted by how the way racial pride is depicted in the
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