In Latin America and Caribbean countries like the Dominican Republic many deny being of African decent, despite 90 percent of the population possessing black ancestry. Where has the blackness gone in the region?
I need ya’ll to pay attention to Silvio and Kimberly’s contextual points, the mention of non-existence of the hypo-descent one-drop rule (which is VERY important) the mention of Jose Pena Gomez and the power-grab of Trujillo’s DR, anti-blackness in national identity formation and Marc Lamont HIll’s identity policing in the context of AA identity being universal (and the “right” way to being “Black”)—when it is not. And the shout-out to the afrolatinoforum and Miss RIzo’s!!!
Although it seems DR is constantly the country framed when speaking about Afrodescendancy in Latin America, it had its own historical processes and it is not unique–again. Every single country in Latin America/Caribbean has African history and Afrodescendants. Also important, the casta system and how present-day manifestations still rules the day region-wide and the rewards for ones’ proximity to whiteness. Whit supremacy is constant.