Latino and African-American Social Relations
Latinos and African-Americans are often compared against one another in a contest for which group comprises the “largest minority.” These groups are defined as ethnically and culturally exclusive communities with distinct social and cultural histories and identities. The binary identity that defines Whiteness and Blackness often defines whether you are either Latino or whether you are Black. Forgotten in the binary are Afro-Latinos whose social and cultural history occupies a forgotten and unspoken place in contemporary racial and ethnic relations in the Western Hemisphere.
The term Afro-Latino has been used by international agencies to reference people of African descent in Latin America and the Caribbean. The terms “Negro,” afrolatinoamericano, and Afro-Latino defined the movements and causes gaining social and political momentum throughout the Western hemisphere. Starting in the 1990s, intellectual cross-fertilization between northern and southern scholars ignited focus...
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