Go Back Home Negrita: Xenophobia in Spain in the 1990s and the Murder of Lucrecia Perez

By: Janil Tejada '15

Advising Faculty: Leo Garofalo

Go Back Home Negrita analyses a wide array of primary and secondary sources in order to understand the life of Lucrecia Perez divided into key periods and themes: life before Spain, motivations for immigration, life in Spain, her murder, and its aftermath. It situates her experiences within a wider framework: Spanish institutions of public order, politics, and media of the 1990s.

To understand the society changing around her and in part because of people like her, the thesis found a most pivotal source of information in El País. This is the primary newspaper in Spain, and it generally adopted an editorial line hostile towards the governments in power. Additional newspapers from across Madrid, Spain, and internationally serve as keys sources of information; they tended to provide similar stories with nuanced variations.

Chapter one of Go Back Home Negrita summarizes "The Life and Times" of Lucrecia Perez. By tracing the life of Lucrecia Perez before she immigrated to Spain, it identifies the push and pull factors of immigration and the steps she was responsible for taking before entering the country. It also touches on those factors that she was leaving behind in her hometown of Vicente Noble, including her child and husband. while living in Spain,Lucrecia Perez joined the unofficial workforce. The story then traces Lucrecia Perez's final moments and her killing during the home invasion by four men, led by a member of the Civil Guard. Lastly, the chapter introduces the important national debates that emerged in the aftermath of the murder.

This honors thesis may be read in its entirety at Digital Commons @ Connecticut College.


Related Fields: History