The Mulatto Challenge

In March the Pew Research Center published the results of a survey of Afro-Latinos’ views on their racial identity, “Afro-Latino: A deeply rooted identity among U.S. Hispanics however, the results belie the headline:  

“When asked directly about their race, only 18% of Afro-Latinos identified their race or one of their races as black”

“. . . two-thirds of Latinos (67%) say their Hispanic background is a part of their racial background.”

Far from showing a deep-rooted affinity for the term “Afro-Latino” the survey findings are confusing to say the least.  The readers’ comments on the article are even more confounding, comments such as:

“This [survey] is so inaccurate. I am Venezuelan and consider myself morena or tan, and I am not Afro Latina. Misinterpreting data helps no-one.”

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Me Gritaron Negra!/ They Screamed “Black” at Me

Me Gritaron Negra/ They Screamed “Black” at Me

By Victoria Eugenia Santa Cruz

 Victoria Eugenia Santa Cruz was known as the mother of Afro Peruvian dance and theater.

She passed away in 2014 at the age of 91 but her legacy lives on. Check out this video of a toddler reciting this poem.

Her poetry speaks for itself. The power of her words reverberate in your heart and soul and you don’t have to understand Spanish to feel it, but it’s important that we all understand this so I’ve written out the translation below. I’m going to watch this every time I need to go into battle. You all know what I’m talking about. The struggle continues.

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International Woman’s Day- Thank you

On International Woman’s Day I want to shout out all the enlightened and empowered women I met last week at the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz cultural center in New York City.

Dominican Independence Event

This group of about 50 proud Dominican women (and some men) gathered last Saturday, February 27 to commemorate their national Independence Day.

Dominicans celebrate their Independence from Haiti not Spain and this group questioned not only the racism embedded in that celebration but also the racism that remains pervasive within the Dominican community, on the island and abroad.  Continue reading →