Afro-Latinos: Do We Really Need To Belong?

Afro-latinos

Afro-latinos have been quite vocal over the past two years with regard to “negrura” and being latino. It’s a vicious cycle que naviguemos almost daily. However, this is where I get off.

It just feels like the call of attention to afro-latinos is just a highlight of the latter with a need to pander for acceptance. I’m not here for that shit. At ALL. Mira, it’s a shitty feeling to walk in places with people with whom you share a culture, a language or even a native country and they treat you like you are invisible because you’re black. I mean- you really couldn’t see my black ass? And because we want to appear gracious or non-confrontational, we do shit like smile or speak in Spanish so we can be a part of the “familia”. FUCK THAT. No. Really. FUCK THAT.

afro-latinos Cuba
In Camaguey, Cuba- afro-latinos..mi gente

Last year, we were at my brother-in-law’s house and there was a family gathering. My husband’s sister, apparently, invited some of HER folks over and they came. All was going well until I hear my husband and my bro-in-law interacting with some drunk Mexican dude ( I might still be a little pissy).

Conversation goes as follows:

Mi negro: ” blah blah yadda yadda…. I’m Dominican and Anthony is my brother.”

Standing with his brother.

Drunk Mexican Dude: “Ooooooh, you’re Spanish? and THAT’s your brother? Like I can tell you but I would never think HE was Spanish.”

Mi negro: “Yeah that’s my brother.”

Anthony was, clearly, annoyed by this asshole and he walked away.

I’m getting hotter by the moment. Now, this isn’t my house but if it had been- that short asshole and his entire family “would’ve got to steppin!” *in my Martin voice*

This green card having bastard would insult my brother so matter of factly like he doesn’t have a shitload of black folks in Mexico. And on top of that, to act like his kind of blackness is too ugly to be considered latino was the icing on the cake.

I stormed away so hard that the hell and high water moved the fuck out of my way. This desgraciado had the nerve to comment to my husband about me storming off.

Afro-latinos
Afro-mexicanas in Cuernavaca

I was shaking with rage. Not because this, obviously, stupid man felt the need to disregard and shade black folks in my presence but because he felt like HE COULD shade black folks IN FRONT OF BLACK FOLKS.

No somos iguales. Let’s get that straight today. Many latinos, regardless, of class seem to think that they are above afro-latinos including the white, green-eyed boricua working the cash register at the 7 Eleven on Oak Ridge in Orlando by Millenia who looked like she barely finished high school.

Excuse me? Bitch, you’ve a lot of nerve to look at me with disdain as I speak to you in Spanish and you proceed to chagrin me. You are a cashier. Clearly, NOT THE ELITE. Fuck outta here. I hope that she reads this. If you know her, put the link on her Facebook. I digress.

Desgraciado!
Desgraciado!

I can’t say that I’m here for “la raza” so much.  It seems to happen to us EVERYWHERE we go and I have lost my patience. My husband and brother-in-law hadn’t ever really given it any thought until I told them to take note of every time it happened. It happened A LOT.

Fijense que no somos buena gente hasta que declaremos que somos latinos… ONLY then are we in the fold and barely. BUT barely. God forbid you bring home a nappy-headed negra or un prieto con pelo malo. You know that you’ve fucked up the kids, right?

I don’t want to hear about your black ‘buela and that latinos can’t be racist. BULLSHIT. I am not begging you for your acceptance. You see. I don’t need it. Never have. On the contrary, you will NOT say anything derogatory about “los morenos” in my presence and think that I won’t check your stupid ass. And, DEFINITELY, don’t be afro-latino and try it. Language means nothing to me. An oppressor’s language means even less. Know that I’m not foolish enough to think that you care about us because compartimos una lengua. We are tolerated. Afro-latinos fill in the gaps when latinos need representation.

The same way that you don’t give a damn about us. I don’t give a damn about you. My team outnumbers you and they collectively love afro-latinos even if it takes some understanding and comprehensive teaching. Tenemos una familia en la diaspora and that’s all the family that we’ll ever need.

So the next time that you feel inclined to pop shit about that “maldita negra” or “el vago moreno” check your racist privilege because your wack ass isn’t any different que los gringos.

K.

 

 

 

 

 

K. Araújo, a native Detroiter, is a cross between Claire Huxtable, Rosie Pérez and Millie Jackson. Widow, professional dragger of filth and Mami to the dopest Ethiopian EVER, she is the Editor in Chief of “Negra With Tumbao” and a Staff Writer for “The Urban Twist”. Keka has been known to shake what her mama gave her, is the hell and high water, an expert salsera and cussologist and is and forever shall be- unapologetically black.

  • CaliLivin

    You sound bitter as fk. All I got from this article is that you sound like an angry ass woman who is bitter about life being unfair to you because you’re a black Latina. Let me point this out life isn’t fair. And people regardless of your background and skincolor all face some sort of struggle, and yes that includes white people. Now you calling the drunk Mexican guy a green card what ever b.s. you wrote, makes you sound ignorant yourself. First of all why are you getting all butt hurt over what a drunk person said? Guess you don’t know how to take random drunks words with a grain of salt. And the Puerto Rican cashier…. once again you sound bitter, and angry. If people are probably treating you like sh*t it’s probably because you come accross as a bitter ass b*tch. The vibe you give is bitchy. I personally have friends from all walks of life, from all different colors and I don’t see them based on their skin color… it’s based on the kind of person they are. And if they act like bitter ass ignorant b*itches I don’t bother with them. But if they are good people with good vibes then I’m cool with them regardless of their background/color/gender etc. I want to continue more with this conversation but have no clue if you’ll post this up or not.

    • I am angry… I’m angry that my black brothers and sisters keep begging for friends when we should be telling yall to kiss our asses or to get the fuck on.

      Did I clear that up for you?

      • CozyVon

        And not for nothing… fuck a Dominican salon, too. Too many black women give those chicks their money over & over for a “fly blowout” when they show clear disdain for kinky African hair and STAY talking about them like dogs in Spanish right in front of them–not to mention fucking up their hair in the process. Not tha kid!

        • There’s actually a natural hair movement along black Dominicans… you’d be surprised.

    • You were in your feelings, huh? I find it ironic that folks like you expect negritos to take the high road when you insult us constantly. We should be colorblind. Well, that benefits you while we are marginalized.

      Your email name is Blanco so I can only imagine that you’re not black…. I thought you knew… I LIVE TO SAY. “Fuck you”.

      I don’t need understanding. Just stay the fuck out my way. Bitter bitch that.

      • Midwest Passerby

        This realize though……. Wow. It’s not about being bitter. It’s about being perceptive, annoyed, dissapointed, fed-up, and at the moment the article was written pissed at the fact that no matter where the author goes he/she/and those alike are not accepted as being part of their Latino community. In no way is that ignorant. It is just an overdue response to ill and negative actions. I’m outside ya’lls box but that’s how I see it.

        • Spot on…and this isn’t even about acceptance as it is just calling them out.

  • Alberto

    I totally understand how you feel. I’m an Afro-Latino, Puerto Rican, I have dealt with racism from other Latinos as well. I, on the other hand, don’t seek acceptance from other Latinos because of their racism. I prefer to surround myself with other Afro-Latinxs and bring awareness about us. But yes I am NOT a big fan of Mexicans because I notice they have superiority complex as if they are the “true” Latino and bash other Latinos who don’t look like them even Mexicans of African descent.

    I think you should read this article: http://www.flybrother.net/black-like-me/
    You might like it.

  • Beca

    You and me are twins mind sisters!!!
    I’m an afropuertorican and I’m tired of the racism we received even from my own “people ” in my own country… I’m like you, every time someone said some derogatory things about black puertoricans, I jump and checked their asses in 2.5 seconds!! No hold barriers when in comes to defend my race!!!

    Thank you for the post,I thought I was the only one with that sentiment!!

    • Not at all… so many people have thanked me.. it makes my heart happy.

  • Reef215

    1. All the characteristics that “latino looking” people have and are proud of derive from African diaspora. Your hair is every combination of curly/straight because of black blood or you would just be a white European. Your lips are not to thick or to thin because of black blood. Your ass, curves, athletic ability all come via the continent that has produced the highest athletic specimens known to man & the originator of the voluptuous body or else you would look and walk like your average European. Oh…. You wanna talk that taino Indian shit… Show me an Indian women with a super fat ass and hips. Where is your Indian thriving in sports or athletic ability? I’ll wait.

    2. I’ve come to the conclusion that the reason why “latino looking” people act so surprised when they see a person of clear identifiable African diaspora speak Spanish is not because they don’t exist in their own country but because they consciously ignore them in their own country. Like literally don’t even acknowledge them. And when they do they act like their skin complexion is an affliction that must be ignored out of empathy.

    3. Great post @negra with tumbao

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