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NEGRO: Finding Identity - Rosa

“That idea of colorism what we’re really talking about is…anti-black prejudices that run rampant, I think within the Latino community but I also think within the African-American community, if we look at the history of race and ‘light-skinnedness’…Black to me is also a consciousness, it’s a politic, so people look at me and be like 'why you calling yourself Black?’ well you have to understand what Black is, what does Black mean?, Black is not African-American, we’re talking about a global Black or African Diaspora, but it’s  important to also say that as a Latina, at some level i may have a privilege that other darker sisters don’t enjoy and we have to be mindful of that as well.”

Self-identified, Black Puerto Rican activist, Rosa Clemente discusses her awakening to ethnicity and race and how education leads the path to liberation.

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New book from AfroBoricuas on the island via Miriam Jiminez Roman ¡Al fin! una generación de autores que ha descubierto una urgente necesidad. La urgencia, que es propiedad insobornable de la nueva literatura, se convierte en causa. Y la nueva literatura, la que anda reclamando respeto por este mundo en armas, necesita una causa. Ya el podrido y rancio posmodernismo agotó su ilegitimidad y su descompromiso palabrero. Ahora vale la urgencia. Esta generación descubrió, para gloria de nuestra literatura, que lo negro es una causa. De muchas cosas, sí… pero causa al fin; razón de expresión, razón de lucha, razón de amor. Aparte de los trabajos individuales que cada autor desarrolla en virtud de ella, esta antología resume esa intención. La muy clara de unir en un tomo, esa voz y esa causa. No en balde han sido los estudios históricos y literarios que una generación de investigadores y creadores han desarrollado sobre el negro y la negra en nuestra cultura. Estos son sus primeros frutos. —Roberto Ramos Perea Dramaturgo puertorriqueño Prólogo a Palenque: Antología puertorriqueña de temática negrista, antirracista, africanista y afrodescendiente.   Available on Amazon 
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War Against All Puerto Ricans: Inside the U.S. Crackdown on Pedro Albizu Campos & the Puerto Rico Nationalist Party

I remember growing up and being taught that Albizu Campos was a terrorist.

He was the first Puerto Rican to attend Harvard, where, upon graduating as valedictorian, he was denied the right to speak on account of the color of his skin. When he was offered an enormous bribe to discontinue agitating on behalf of agricultural laborers, he turned down the pieces of gringo silver lapped up by the Puerto Rican quislings we lionize today (looking at you, Luis Muñoz Marín), choosing instead to continue struggling for the liberty and dignity of all Puerto Ricans. As a reward for his tireless struggle to end colonial oppression, he got to spend the rest of his life undergoing radiation experiments in prison.

I remember growing up and being taught that Albizu Campos was a terrorist.

The only people Pedro Albizu Campos terrified were the profiteers who sought to make a charnel ground of his island and its people.

El Africano, El Taino y El Español.
Tres Sangres. Una Gente.

It is a strange realization that our ancestry is a mix of both conquerer and the conquered. In which do we find empowerment? Are we meant to? What does it mean to be proud of a lineage that was born of tyranny?



Es una realización extraña que nuestros antepasados ​​es una mezcla de el conquistador y el conquistado. En cuál encontramos empoderamiento? ¿Deberíamos? ¿Qué significa estar orgullosos de un linaje que nació de la tiranía?
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