Blackness and Racial Identity in Peru.
Millions of Black Peruvians are becoming more aware of their African heritage and are teaching this cultural pride to their children. This is a beautiful signs as Afro-Peruvians continue the fight for equal rights and black empowerment in Peru.
Posted by The united states of Africa on Saturday, August 27, 2016
“Here we are.”
Banco Mundial and the Ministry of Culture in Peru teamed up to bring more attention to the Afro-Peruvian population, and it’s amazing. As the people in the video say, “here we are.” Those in the video gave very honest and frank answers about how it feels to be Afro-Peruvian. One word was repeated: invisible. They feel invisible and ignored while people offer up tips on how to make their appearance prettier and more accepted. But there is more than physical critiques. Those in the video feel they are not being heard.
“I feel invisible when I tell people that there is racism in Peru, and they don’t believe me,” one woman said.
“My name is not ‘morenita,’ ‘zambita,’ or ‘morocha,'” another woman told the camera.
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But at the end of the day, they are proud of being Afro-Peruvian and even rep some of the different provinces in Peru.
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As the end of the video says, “Peru is diversity.” Let’s embrace all Latino brothers and sisters. There is enough tension in this world without throwing shade and hate at each other.