To answer my title question it should have major significance for us Latinos. Two facts to consider:
- More African slaves were brought to Latin-America than the United States.
- Brazil is second country with the biggest population of people of African decent.
If you don’t believe me then maybe you can believe Professor Henry Louis Gates:
Yet that I know of no country in Latin-America celebrates Black History Month nor openly celebrates their African population. Yes you can say that we have Carnival, and some religious celebrations around a dark saint, but no schools or universities have activities around the contribution of African culture.
Which is why I believe that as a Latina in California l have celebrate the month. I cannot let this gap of knowledge, respect or understanding of our Latino mixture to go on. I will do it in the simplest way possible posting the contributions of different Afro-Latinos this month.
Keep an eye on this space as I investigate, learn and celebrate my African heritage that for too long has been ignored. Coming from the light side of the family it has been too easy to negate and ignore what is part of my heritage. I encourage other Latinos to do the same. Let us try to fill the gaps that no one wants to talk about while recognizing our own racism that pervades.
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