Not sure exactly what this mother said before entering the taxi, but the boy was repeating, “…pero Mamá, estos negros no se ven peligrosos. No se ven peligrosos como me dijiste Mamá” as he tried unsuccessfully to shush him. (“…but Mom, these black men don’t look dangerous. They don’t look dangerous like you told me, Mom.”)
-As told by Alex Hardy, AfroPanamanian-American expat living in Panama City, Panama.
A typical story of daily treatment of Afrodescendants in Latin America.
Some of the individuals featured in the NEGRO: A docu-series about Latino Identity!
Panama, Peru, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Colombia and Costa Rica represented here.
This is an anonymous survey that aims to quantify violence (physical, emotional, psychological, verbal or sexual abuse) in the lives of African Diasporic women. [Afrodescendant women in the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean] for an upcoming documentary/multi-media project. The survey is also…
"The reason I don’t see myself as Latino is precisely because of the definitions and the very strict boundaries that are sort of around latinidad in itself, and so for example if you turn on the tv, if you look at a newspaper, if you look at any type of magazine that talks about latinidad it is never an image of myself, it is never an image of my family, it’s always a whiter version of…a very Hispanic..hispanicized… European…version of things and hence I find difficulties in that, because I do not want to leave behind what’s important to me which is that blackness…so in every way possible I always try to give the most complicated response…because I want to get away from these static visions of what a person is, what an afrolatino is, what a black person is, what a latino is…because of these strict boundaries that we have that don’t allow us to see difference within it."
Ryan Hamilton talks about the history of migration in the Caribbean, drawing from his own family. His community work is rooted in reclaiming African Diasporic connections in the Americas.
"That idea of colorism what we’re really talking about is…anti-black prejudices that run rampant, I think within the Latino community but I also think within the African-American community, if we look at the history of race and ‘light-skinnedness’…Black to me is also a consciousness, it’s a politic, so people look at me and be like ‘why you calling yourself Black?’ well you have to understand what Black is, what does Black mean?, Black is not African-American, we’re talking about a global Black or African Diaspora, but it’s important to also say that as a Latina, at some level i may have a privilege that other darker sisters don’t enjoy and we have to be mindful of that as well."
Self-identified, Black Puerto Rican activist, Rosa Clemente discusses her awakening to ethnicity and race and how education leads the path to liberation.
"The second part of my family’s narrative around race is that historically it hasn’t been enforced… finding your native grandmother or your black grandfather is not something that you are looking for right, you’re looking for whiteness you’re looking for some kind of way to alleviate your own oppression and often that means a history of whiteness, that’s just the way that Latin Americans work…because what does that mean… it means better job opportunities, it means that… ‘you’re not supposed to be here,’ you’re not supposed to be poor… you were once in Europe and you were once someone who had status… Racism is a hell of a drug and I shouldn’t just say racism, but white supremacy let’s be more specific. I think that people throw around the word ‘racism’ and they don’t know what it means, but white supremacist values in Latin America are very strong. They’re very strong."
Ecuadorian-American, Blanca E. Vega discusses her journey in uncovering her racial identity. From growing up as a “zambita,” to discovering the AfroAmerindian maroon republic in Ecuador, to seeing herself in an AfroEcuadorian enslaved woman who fought for her freedom through the legal system, Blanca was searching for racial completeness beyond pervasive whiteness. Read her blog on the topic:
NEGRO: The Intersection of Sexism, Racism, Colorism and Classism
How color, class, race, gender and sexuality intersect in Latin America.Clip from 2-hour documentary, full topical video coming soon.
"In Peru, specifically, it is more difficult to be an AfroPeruvian woman than an AfroPeruvian man….Effectively in countries like ours, where there is discrimination for gender, class, sexual orientation etcetera., the configuration of being an AfroPeruvian woman will generate a different context of oppression, what a Peruvian author, Marisol de la Cadena, calls the ‘Inequality Braid’…The AfroPeruvian woman is discriminated against for being poor, for being a woman, and for her ethnicity, the AfroPeruvian woman faces three forms of discrimination that doesn’t happen with other ethnicities."