Presentation on theme: "Introductory video [click here] Black Hispanics? “Hispanics come in all colors and shapes. There are Asian Hispanics, white Hispanics, black Hispanics."— Presentation transcript:
Black Hispanics? “Hispanics come in all colors and shapes. There are Asian Hispanics, white Hispanics, black Hispanics and even Latino Hispanics, as roughly 20 million people defined themselves, puzzled by the ‘race question’ in the 2000 U.S. census.” “Black Hispanics struggle for their racial identity” Bruno Diaz, Midland Reporter Telegram 2/13/2005Black Hispanics struggle for their racial identity
“My accent didn’t match my face” "When people realized that my accent didn't match my face, they asked me where I was from. And when I told them that I was from the Dominican Republic, and that I spoke Spanish -- therefore my accent -- I always got this 'wow!-that-is-weird!' kind of look" --Eddy Bello.
Dominican identity “Sammy Sosa, David Ortiz, and Manny Ramirez, men who in this country, most would identify as Black men, but when asked, they identify as Dominicans … strictly.” Jose Vilson
Hispanic race? "Hispanics are not a race but members of a group with a common cultural background. To put all of us in the same bag is just ridiculous." –Eddy Bello and Ronald Flecha “Black Hispanics struggle for their racial identity” Bruno Diaz, Midland Reporter Telegram 2/13/2005
Afro-Latin Americans Map Click for interactive map
And Argentina’s Afrolatinos? Gaurav Jashnani, a Fulbright scholar Studying in Argentina, suggests possible theories on the annihilation of afrolatino populations in Argentina.
Afro-Nicaraguans “The ancestors of … Afro-Nicaraguans were free blacks who immigrated from Jamaica and other Caribbean countries, lured by the good, steady jobs available for English speakers. “Afro-Latin Americans:A rising voice” Miami Herald, Audra D.S. Burch 6/10/2007Afro-Latin Americans:A rising voice
And yet… “Stories abound about people who have hidden behind ambiguously brown complexions, ‘passing’ for Miskito Indians, or mestizo.”
Alice Walker’s account Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple, described her visit to Cuba in her essay “My Father’s Country is the Poor.”
Alice Walker’s account …And then we presented ourselves as ‘black’ Americans (they presented themselves, un self-consciously and without words, as Cubans, of course), and their faces changed. For the first time they seemed aware of their color differences among themselves—and were embarrassed for us.” “Then we were entertained by what I perceived (with North American eyes, seeing narrowly) as an ‘integrated’ group. Such a group! Black, brown, white, yellow, pink, gold complexions.
No racism in Cuba? “Sitting across from the white manager, [Denny] rattled off his qualifications: high school diploma, courses in tourism, hard worker. “They weren't good enough: He needed his white brother-in-law to vouch for him, Denny recalled. ‘Black people tend to do everything bad here,’ the manager said. “A barrier for Cuba's blacks” Miami Herald Staff Report 6/20/2007A barrier for Cuba's blacks
“…before the revolution, blacks were disproportionately employed in menial jobs, in which many remained…Now, everyone, including the black waiters, studies constantly in order to improve their positions.” “My Father’s Country is the Poor,” In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens, 210 Alice Walker’s explanation?
Afro-Cuban identity denial The 2002 census, which asked Cubans whether they were white, black or mestizo/mulatto, showed 11 percent of the island's 11.2 million people described themselves as black. The real figure is more like 62 percent, according to the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at the University of Miami. “A barrier for Cuba's blacks” Miami Herald Staff Report 6/20/2007A barrier for Cuba's blacks
Alice Walker’s take “We can see that great efforts have been made to have Cuban art reflect the masses of Cuban people, that the African heritage is given equal time with the Spanish, and that the ‘dominant culture’ is recognized as being a synthesis of the two.” “My Father’s Country is the Poor,” In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens, 210
Afro-Cubans imprisoned “[Physician Oscar Elias Biscét] was sentenced to 27 years for, among other things, organizing a seminar on Martin Luther King's non--violent forms of protest.” “A barrier for Cuba's blacks” Miami Herald Staff Report 6/20/2007A barrier for Cuba's blacks
“Enormous goodwill” in Mexico “In our country, the image of black people is one of enormous goodwill, which is reflected not only in characters like Memin Pinguin, but in popular songs... like 'Little Black Watermelon,'" a song about an unruly black boy.” --Elena Poniatowska
History lesson "It's the United States, not Mexico, that has a history of slavery," wrote columnist Sergio Sarmiento in the newspaper Reforma. In fact, Mexico had hundreds of thousands of slaves during the colonial period, though it banned slavery before the United States did. “Mexico: Stamp Protests Don’t Stick” CBS News, July 1, 2005
Agree or disagree? Skin color has a bigger impact on a person’s identity than language. Afrolatinos are really no different than any other latinos.
Agree or disagree? That Afrolatinos do not identify themselves as black indicates they are ashamed of their heritage. That there are more Afrolatinos than other Latinos in Cuba’s prisons has nothing to do with racism.
Agree or disagree? The discrimination that Afrolatinos face in their own countries is similar to that which African-Americans faced in the U.S. in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Black Hispanics (Afrolatinos) have more in common with African-Americans than with other Hispanics.
Agree or disagree? Mexican depictions of black people are offensive and racist. Racism is worse in Latin American countries than in the U.S.