A REBEL MINDED SOCIETY PRESENTS
When it comes to race, ethnicity, origin and the way people identify themselves there is always controversy. Now more than ever, there is a greater need for black people across the diaspora to unify during these revolutionary times. It is important that we recognize that whether you are African, African-American, Afrolatinidad, that we’re all in a shared struggle for equal rights.
During the transatlantic slave trade, many African slaves were taken to Spanish and Portuguese colonies in Latin America and the Caribbean. As a result of this complicated history of racial identity, many Latin Americans and Caribbeans descendants have African roots. However, because Black and Latin cultures are assumed to be mutually exclusive, people of both backgrounds often find themselves forced to choose a side and thus denied a voice and the opportunity to self-represent.
The term Afro-Latino, Afro-Latina, or Afro-Latinx, a more recent adaptation of the phrase Latino for anyone who chooses to remove gender binaries from their identity, has been adopted by many Latinos and Latinas who look to claim their African descent without having to give up any part of their cultural identity.
This Virtual Discussion aims to help others understand afrolatinos are Black, and the importance of unifying the African diaspora as we fight for All Black Lives. In addition, we will share some Afrolatinidad education material and equal rights resources for educating yourself further and options for you to help assist those in the U.S. and other countries fighting for equal rights
October 21st, 2020