Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

Latinx Youth Response to the "Trump Effect" - St. Francis Xavier Jules Léger Lecture Series

Thursday, February 27, 2020 -
5:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: Gerald Schwartz School of Business, 152
Event Type: Lecture

Scholars have shown an increase in racial discrimination and hate crimes since Trump’s election—what is dubbed the “Trump effect.” The Pew Research Center found that nearly half of Latinxs report that discrimination based on their ethnicity and/or race has worsened since Trump’s election. While it is clear that Latinxs are among the targets of nativism, how Latinxs experience and respond to this increasingly hostile climate remains in question. Two findings emerge from interviews with 40 Latinx young adults ages 18-25 in Chicago. First, Latinxs young adults articulate a shift in racial experiences after Trump’s election marked by an increase in the frequency and intensity of discrimination, public displays of racism, and accompanying feeling of unsafety. Second, their strategies for contesting the “Trump effect” call for a larger collective effort to disrupt anti-immigrant sentiment.

Dr. Flores-González is  a Professor and Associate Director of the Sociology Program at the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University.  Her current research explores the effects of racialization on the ways in which youth understand national belonging. Professor Flores-González is the author of Citizens but not Americans: Race and Belonging among Latino Millennials (NYU Press, 2017), and School Kids, Street Kids: Identity Development in Latino Students (Teachers College Press 2002), co-editor of Marcha:  Latino Chicago in the Immigrant Rights Movement (University of Illinois Press 2010) and co-editor of Immigrant Women Workers in the Neoliberal Era (University of Illinois Press 2013).

On Friday, February 28th. Dr. Nilda Flores-González will have Office Hours from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. in Mulroney 4032.  There will also be a Workshop from 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. in Mulroney 3030 -- Latinos as “Real” Americans. Discussion about the chapter from Dr. Flores-González’ book Citizens but not Americans. For a copy of the chapter contact tsnyder@stfx.ca

With special thanks to our sponsors: StFX Jules Léger Fund, Department of Modern Languages in collaboration with the Human Rights and Equity Office, the Departments of History, Sociology, Political Science and Development Studies, Women and Gender Studies, Public Policy and Governance Programs.

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