Two years ago, during Black History Month, which is February for those of you who pretend not to know, Taller Puertorriqueño had their annual Arturo Schomburg Symposium and the topic this time around was media representation for Afrolatinos. After the event was over, I went up to one of…
So Al DIa feels it was A-OK to publish an opinion piece that not only erroneously racializes Latinidad, but whitewashes Latin Americans (erasing indigenous and moreso AFRODESCENDANTS and AFRICAN identity) to portray all ‘Latin@s’ as white mestizos. The picture makes zero sense because me and (and my whole flippin family) along with many (oh, I don’t know, OVER 150 MILLION) ARE BLACK OR OF AFRICAN DESCENT AND ACTUALLY LOOK LIKE THE “AFROAMERICAN” DEPICTED IN THE PIC. Imagery is powerful and this image tells me all I need to know about the writer and editor’s white supremacist views on Latinidad.
MANY “LATIN@S” MAY IDENTIFY AS AFROAMERICAN because the AMERICAN CONTINENT, and oh yea, WE’RE BLACK. Thus Afro of the Americas. I am absolutely disgusted.
The tone of the small piece of the article I could actually stomach made me ill. ESPECIALLY the fact that the article brings up Dominicans and Puerto Ricans. *pauses* Dominicans who are (population-wise) 90%+ African descent and PR which is 60%+. Now, the examples were of incidents involving African-Americans and “Latin@s” and the tone was very adversarial, more “Latin@s” vs “Blacks.” And if this was the writer’s goal I wonder why no mention of “Latin@s” targeting African-Americans in hate crimes:
The Latino Azusa 13 gang conspired to rid a Southern California community of its black residents, according to a federal indictment unsealed yesterday. The indictment alleges that the gang engaged in a two-decades-long campaign involving intimidation, threats and violence to push black residents out of Azusa, a city of some 50,000 northeast of Los Angeles.
Authorities announced Tuesday that a federal grand jury had indicted 51 people allegedly associated with the Azusa 13 gang in what prosecutors described as actions “terrorizing” blacks. The 24-count indictment is just the latest in a string of prosecutions that have alleged Southern California Latino gangs were attacking blacks to push them out of their neighborhoods. It is also the latest manifestation of racial tensions between blacks and Latinos in Southern California.
(This is extremely important because there is a distinction between race and ethnicity, if I’m in Cali and these “Latin@s” see me, A BLACK PERSON, they WILL target me. Why? BECAUSE I’M BLACK. Latinidad has nothing to do with it. They’re not going to ask “hey are you from Latin America?” NO. And this is why Latin@ media and orgs continue to FAIL on representation)
Or no mention that Blacks are still the highest targeted racial group for hate crimes.
The writer’s agenda is very clear and afrolatiqueer does a wonderful job of breaking down how and why it is deeply problematic and in my words HATEFUL. Hateful, deplorable, and just plain wrong.
This is after I was told over and over a few months ago, by the Al Dia editor that they “represent AfroLatin@s” and after I wrote an article for them on the erasure of AfroLatin@s in media. And now THIS insulting piece of “media.” Incredible.
This really goes to show that AfroLatin@s cannot depend on mainstream media to fairly and accurately represent them, hell, or Latin Americans in general. Bottom line, if you’re not white mestizo, you don’t exist or count. Que typical.