cuspofexposure asked:

I have a few cousins who are darker then me and when I say oh thats my cousin some people are astonished. They say how can he / she be your cousin there black. Ugh the ignorance. Latinas/ latinos are a rainbow nation.



koyotlman asked:

Gracias por su enfoque en este asunto tan clave por nuestra Raza. Tomé muchos años conociendo quien soy, que son mis raíces, mi gente. Espero que su blog enseñe los jóvenes a quienes parecen, y quizás dándoles un buen idea a donde buscar su raíz.


¡De nada!

Quick Note about Submissions…

Loving the stories and submissions everyone is sending in…


This is an oppressor and stereotype-free space and if you haven’t seen your submission yet, here are some reasons:

1) You will in a couple of days.


2) You reinforced stereotypes and/or disinformation. ie-“I looked more Latino as a baby”…”I have Latin features”…the whole point of this blog is to show that there is NO look to being of or from Latin America. Hence the name of the blog.

3) You generalized or denigrated another group, or promoted respectability politics. ie- “I speak proper spanish.”

3) You racialized the Latino ethnicity. “Latino” is not a race, nor does it denote only one culture. Latin America has a myriad of cultures. 

4) You trivialized the struggles of Latin@s who are not white or white-passing by denying, downplaying ignoring the benefits white privilege affords to those whom are or perceived as such.

The representation and imagery of Latin@s has always been grossly whitewashed within Latin@/Spanish-language media and  U.S. media. It is not at all accurate of the diversity (of people, languages, cultures, religions, beliefs, traditions, influences etc.) within Latinidad and Latin America and its diaspora. This blog aims to create that space, please be mindful of that.

Hola my name is Marie (15) and i`m panamanian ,my dad is white  Spanish/Arab and my mom is black indian/spanish descent and when i told people that i latina they are like:”But you are Black” or “You don`t look like a latina” Or “You are too tall to be latina” . I want people to understand that being latin is not about a race…


fideietamore asked:

This blog is my life





mousai-ourania asked:

Oh gosh I just stumbled across your blog, it's amazing! Being half-Cuban half-Costa Rican I can absolutely relate to the frustration when it comes to dealing with ignorant remarks such as "oh you're to white to be Hispanic" or "she's your mom? I thought she was your nanny, you look nothing alike!" Quick question, if Hispanic and Latino are not considered a race, then what is our race? Thanks again for running this blog! *Hugs* :)


Thanks for your kind words! :-D

Hispanic and Latino are not races. Race is a myth, BUT it is socially/politically/economically real. One can be any race or mix of races and be of or from Latin America. Please browse through the blog to see more. And this preview from my project explains more: http://negrodocumentary.com/post/50343418897/in-general-people-do-not-realize-the-blackness

There were the indigenous already in the Americas, European colonizers and Africans that came free and enslaved, then many, many, many migrations from every part of the globe to Latin America. Asian, Jewish Arab, and many more, you name it. So there is NO WAY that one “race” is representative of all of that diversity. One CAN be white and Latin@ at the same time, in the same way one can be Asian and Latin@ at the same time, Black and Latin@ at the same time and may identify as such, as well as someone identifying as mestizo or indigenous etc. And it is very important to recognize the social, color and racial hierarchy still operating in the Americas.

You’d have to find out your own family history to know what your lineage is. Personally, I am unambiguously of African descent. With various lineage, but I identify as an Afrodescendant. 


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. 



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Tuesday March 18, 2014


Brooklyn Heights Library

280 Cadman Plaza West (aka Court Street)


R train to Court St. (from Brooklyn only)

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Racism at the Itaú Personnalité Bank Branch (office 7818 Rio de Janeiro – Brazil)
When she was trying to get in a bank branch of the Itaú Personnalité in Méier, Marina Silva (Nina Silva), needed to remove all her belongings from her purse. Not satisfied, the security asked her to show the interior of her purse. Few minutes after this fact, two white women were getting in to the same location with purses and luggage full of irons without being bothered or stopped by the security.
At the same moment, the victim questioned the reason for this different treatment, and the employers told her that it happened because the white women were regular customers and nobody knew her. The security apologized to the victim when they realized that she also was a client. Which means that she didn’t have any connection with the bank nobody would apologize to her.
Why the bank Itaú Personnalite believes that a client needs to receive a different treatment from a non-client? Does the security in the bank know all the customers of that location? Why the victim doesn’t look like a client?
After this episode, Marina went to the hospital with a chronic asthma attack and received treatment for it.
Later she went to the 23rd Police Station in Meier to report the fact, which even was registered by the authorities, were pointed as illegal constraint, but her lawyer Dr Bruno Candido understood that according with the Caó Law (Brazilian Constitution), the fact should be approached as racial discrimination, considering the denying of access to the local, in opposition to the treatment received by the white clients, which happened because of the skin color of the victim. “The place violated not only the federal constitution but also the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the international convention on the elimination of all forms of racial discrimination and specifically the article number 5 of the Law number 7.716 (Brazilian Constitution). 
The case was reported to the Itaú company under the protocol (277464361)
We would like to request to everybody to share it and help us to tell what happened.
Racism is crime!!! Join us!
Contact us: brasilcontraracismo@gmail.com
#itaupersonnalite #racismoitaupersonnalite#brasilcontraracismo
This, after my AfroBrazilian told me how her father, an Afrodescendant, [AfroPeruvian, AfroBrazilian] has to FLIP HIS SHIT, Every. single. time. he goes to the bank, because they stay doing this to him. Making him go back through the detectors many times. So he constantly has to scream on the staff and say “you’re doing this because I’m Black” and they get scared and finally let him in. 
Peep the affect racism and white supremacy has on OUR HEALTH. She had to go to the hospital because of an asthma attack,  not saying racism made her have asthma in the first place (well, who knows right?) but the CONSTANT stress, (weatherization) and discrimination takes great tolls on our physical and mental health and general well-being. My super-duper smart best friend studies this and she is specifically continuing her studies on disease and genetics on women of color based on social and environmental stresses and trauma. Because (of course) that area is LACKING.
More on this:
The influence of coping with perceived racism and stress on lipid levels in African Americans: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21999034
How Racism Is Bad for Our Bodies http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/03/how-racism-is-bad-for-our-bodies/273911/