BLACK IN LATIN AMERICA | Interview w/ Henry Louis, Gates, Jr. | PBS

(Coming to PBS beginning April 19, 2011) In BLACK IN LATIN AMERICA, Professor Gates’ journey discovers, behind a shared legacy of colonialism and slavery, vi…

22 thoughts on “BLACK IN LATIN AMERICA | Interview w/ Henry Louis, Gates, Jr. | PBS

  1. @torr5962 The term Hispanic has been around a long time in 1960 when I was
    in the 2nd grade in Mexico, my reading book had a passage that read: Somos
    ni~os Hispanoamericanos, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Colombia.Etc. “Hispanic” is
    use to denote people From Latin America who share a common language, SPANISH

  2. This guy doesn’t know what he’s talking about. In the Dominican Republic,
    there are affluent citizens of every color. And contrary to the US, whites,
    blacks, indians, asians and everything in between eat at the same table and
    dance to the same music.

  3. @CrowdPleeza i disagree because gates would often say if they were in the
    states based upon the one drop rule these people would be considered black.
    it does not try to categorize mixed people as black but wanting them to
    accept the black side of themselves, celebrate it and be proud of it

  4. @XPLSVX That’s true–the categorizing, but you cannot necessarily say that
    there is a huge difference between a mestizo Dominican next to a Haitian
    Negroid because often times black people in the same family from the same
    parents look totally different and have different complexions. Tyra Banks
    immediate family is dark-skinned, “negroid”–mom, dad, and brother. She,
    however, is light-skinned and takes after her grandmother.

  5. The US likes its simple catagorizations. The term “Hispanic” is sort of
    ridiculous, as Mexicans, South Americans and Carribeans have a specific and
    unique culture to each of their respective countries.

  6. I am a cuban mulatto man and I feel very proud of my African descent. I
    consider myself a Pan-Africanist and I devote a lot of time to study
    Africa, its culture, its religions, its music and its influence for the
    world. Africa is the Cradle of Humanity and the first humans lived there.
    We can say that Africa is the Mother Land of Humans. Africans descendants
    and Africans all over the world are my brothers and sisters. Many of us are
    related through common ancestors brought to different lands.

  7. @BlabberMouth4u I feel like you, my mother is considered black and my
    father white and yet they’re BOTH Puertoricans. @ the end of the day we’re
    all the SAME.

  8. @wicaco I agree with you. He makes it look like the “white” and “brown” men
    are oppressing the black Latin people. Reality is that most of the people
    struggling in Latin America are indians, mixed and white. Growing up in
    Latin America, one of my wealthiest and most popular friends was black…I
    didn’t realize he was black until I came to live in the USA.

  9. @XPLSVX Actually Italians,Greeks and people of southern Europe were not
    considered white until great works of the Greeks and Romans started coming
    to the forefront in the early 19th century. With all this history coming to
    the limelight norther,western Europeans piggybacked themselves into history
    by adding themselves to it. The U.S. Immigratio­n Act of 1924 that was
    signed by President Coolidge. Book: How Race Is Made in America, edited by
    Jennifer Guglielmo and Salvatore Salerno

  10. I understand all of you who say that BLACK is a label pushed onto those of
    African decent but it’s important that we understand that it’s best not to
    dream to much of a utopian world where race don’t matter. The damage has
    been done a long time ago and racism ( where one is obviously perceived by
    their race) is in full affect & so it’s best to know who you are & live
    your life in pride & discover your self with wasting time living in denial,
    loving ones self & his/her people is beautiful!

  11. @wicaco Also, having black pridefor African Americans or Haitians does not
    mean the situation is suddenly improves…that’s just ridiculous , BUT the
    Civil rights movement, which stated having pride in ones blackness, vastly
    improved African Americans conditions. We still have a long way to go but
    we would not be where we are if it were not for the Civil rights movement,
    but Afro-Latinos haven’t even had a Civil Rights Movement.

  12. @CrowdPleeza I the USA being “mixed did not exist until about 20 years ago.
    this is why Obama, Lena Honre, Prince, Adam Clayton Powell call themsevles
    Black. Derrick Jeter does not talk about it. Most African Americans are

  13. @godofthisshit the darker people of Latin America are very much at the
    bottom of the socioeconomic ladder. So much for racial democracy. Stand up
    and acknowledge that racism is real EVERYWHERE!

  14. Being black can be hard because of racism and blacks also are not the
    kindest, nicest people around, that being said Dominicans give me a
    headache with their denial of who they are. How can you hate yourself so

  15. @GeminiTeeVee thats because latinos (from my experience) are more proud of
    their nation than their actual race

  16. @nubiadivina It’s beyond racism, it’s a social class warfare. If a black
    Latin American is super rich, he can enjoy everything a white Latin
    American enjoys…that’s not the case in USA. I know Americans have a hard
    time understanding that because race is everything in the US. In Latin
    America approx 60% of the population lives on $20 – $100 a month….out of
    that 60% only 5% to 10% is black, the rest are indians, mixed race and
    whites! Are you concerned about the non black latins??

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