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. 



Join us for FREE screening of

NEGRO: A docu-series about Latino Identity 

by Dash Harris

followed by a panel discussion with

Dash Harris, Janel Martinez of “Ain’t I Latina” and Crystal S. Roman of the Black Latina Movement.

Tuesday March 18, 2014


Brooklyn Heights Library

280 Cadman Plaza West (aka Court Street)


R train to Court St. (from Brooklyn only)

2,3,4,5 trains to Brooklyn Borough Hall

A,C,F trains to Jay Street Metro Tech

THIS IS TOMORROW! Please RSVP to Dash@negrodocumentary.com or even send me a tumblr note letting me know! 

See you then! 


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/


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…


What the Mexican media is doing is taking something Lupita Nyong’o worked very hard for and making it about Mexico… knowing fully well that, had Lupita tried to start a career in Mexico, she wouldn’t have been able to.

This is an opportunity she wouldn’t have been able to get…

The idea that Latinas are supposed to be short and super curvy is so ridiculous. I’m average height and an A-cup.

I’m Mexican and Guatemalan but people always confuse me for being Iranian, Indian, Afghani, Greek or just flat out white. There’s nothing wrong with being white except the fact that I’m not white… - Kaitlin Pineda

Hello! I am very happy to have found this page, and to share my story with those who have also experienced the same. I am half Puerto Rican and half White. Although growing up I was not very close with my white side of the family (since my parents divorced), you can see that I am quite light-skinned and have freckles. My family actually makes fun of me calling me “white girl” and my Nana even thought it cute to call me palomita when I was younger. I found it very disorienting to not only have been on the receiving end of prejudice (called slurs, etc) and fetishization in school and personal life due to my Latin@ heritage, but also been almost ostracized from my own family for being “too white”. My roommates at college like to make my heritage a conversation topic, when they introduce me to new people I often get “she’s Puerto Rican, but you can’t tell unless you look at her ass” which I feel is very offensive. Often when people find out or are told I’m Latina I get a jaw-dropping reaction, and/or a “no way!”, it makes me very uncomfortable. It’s actually, sadly, come to the point where I purposely avoid ethnicity or culture in conversation for fear of reactions and having to explain myself. Often I simply let people make assumptions, and leave it at that…

I am very proud to be a Puerto Rican woman!

It just makes me sad that I cannot share my pride with others.

I’m half black and half Mexican. Most of my life, I’ve dealt with people saying offensive things about Mexicans or Hispanic people in general. Once I made my ethnicity clear, they would almost always reply with “You don’t look Mexican!” As I got older, I realized that there is no way to “look” Mexican or Puerto Rican or what have you.