2/17 Latism party: Celebrating our Afro-Latino heritage!

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Although American-Latino culture in the United States is by definition, a fusion of different cultures and races, many Latinos face being classified by others as either white or black, and trying to fit into a racial classification-oriented US society.

On the other hand, despite the fact that there are over 200 million descendants of Africans today in South and Central America and the Caribbean, there are pervasive negative stereotypes about blackness abound in a region that simultaneously denies the existence of racism.

Some may argue that people of Latin American descent have a better sense of how important skin color is in the US because they usually straddle the line between white and black, but to what extent is that accurate?

Tonight on LATISM, we’ll discuss the advantages/challenges of being Latinos of African descent, the historical and present day contributions of our African ancestors, and perceptions of skin-color in present day America.

  • Do American Latinos have a self-identification problem?
  • Do we Latinos discriminate against our own based on color?
  • How does racial self-identification influence the transmission of our Latino culture to the next generation?
  • Are definitions/perceptions of race and skin color changing in America?
  • How can we bridge the gap between the African-American and Latino communities?

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  1. conservativeprinciples@yahoo.com'

    I think Afro Latinos are being ignored because they have not been highlighted them enough. The main problem is people are confused of what a Latino is & until it is clear they won’t be represented & their voices won’t count.  It is important that this is clarified. I have added some information below to help clarify this matter. 

    Latin is a Lenguage that originated in Europe Italy to be precise. This is why Latinos have European traits & share similar genetic features. I guess to put it simple a Latino/Latina could go to Spain, Portugal or Italy and be mistaken for a citizen due similar features. Example Sofia Vergara She could go to Italy, Spain or Portugal and blend in quite easy. Now if Sammy Sosa or David Ortiz went they would think he is African even Rosario Dawson or Zoe Saldana would be classified as African in those countries no one would consider these people as people who originated from these countries our even Latino or Latinas, so it is pointless to be classified as a Latino.

    Why waste all the time convincing people you are Latino/Latina when their are more important issues that need to be addressed. Like Poverty & racial hatred towards Haitians & also African Americans in east coast communities. It is a little insulting when you tell and African American you are not black but Latino when you have African roots. This creates tension among blacks & Latinos. Example why do Rosario Dawson & Zoe Saldana claim to be Latino and due work for Latino Organizations like Voto Latino but neglect the Afro American communities & only respond when their is a big disaster like Hait? Where the whole world got involved!

  2. conservativeprinciples@yahoo.com'

     Why is it that Antonio Banderas Penolope Cruz who are Spanish get mistakenfor Latino & play Latino parts? Why is it that Tiziano Ferro & Laura pausini who are Italian can cross over so easily& sing in Spanish? Why because Latino has a typical look I read where Lala Vasquez who doesn’t even say here name correctly was stating that she would not be consider for the typical Latina parts Well their is a reason for that she is not a typical Latina Zoe Saldana made the same statement It is crazy

  3. conservativeprinciples@yahoo.com'

     ArLenis Sosa Dominican Model
    Ok just to add more credibility to what I have said listen to this if you under stand Spanish I will also translate for you both in English & Spanish

    English
    Let me translate to English for the people who don’t understand Spanish. They called her the Black Princess. They also said she was the first Black person to win a contract with Lancome & to bad people she all ready has a boyfriend. Go to this site if you want to know what Hispanic/Latino is
    Spanish

    They don’t call here latina they call here La Princessa Negra la primer Negra para trabajar por esta firma Lancomb. She is super hot & any man would be lucky to have her but she is not consider Latina or Hispanic. Having a Latinized name doesn’t make you Hispanic or Latino/a Speaking Spanish doesn’t make you Hispanic/Latino either. African Americans speak English & they are not Caucasian. Eating Arroz con Pollo doesn’t make u His/Latino Everyone eats pizza & it doesn’t make us all Italian.
    I don’t even think they called her Afro Latina or atleast i didn’t hear it.

    Oh to say that Arlenis Sosa or Sessilee Lopez or even or Luis Felipe Cortes have to be mixed is an insult to black people. You are saying that in order for a black person to be beautiful they must be mixed. That is total bs. I here that every one in Puerto Rico & Cuban & Dominican is mixed but this is false. Oh yeah & if you get a chance check out Luis Felipe Cortes in this telenovela.
    La Pola he is Juliano who marries an African Princess who tribe probably got conquered by another African tribe then sold into slavery.

  4. conservativeprinciples@yahoo.com'

     Oh to  say that Arlenis Sosa or Sessilee Lopez or even or Luis Felipe Cortes have to be mixed is an insult to black people. You are saying that in order for a black person to be beautiful they must be mixed. That is total bs. I here that every one in Puerto Rico & Cuban & Dominican is mixed but this is false. 
    Oh yeah & if you get a chance check out Luis Felipe Cortes in this telenovela.La Pola he is Juliano who marries an African Princess who tribe probably got conquered by another African tribe then sold into slavery.

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