Roberto Lovato writes on his Of América blog about the disappointment Black activists are feeling about the fact that the administration of President Barack Obama did
not attend the Durban Review conference in Geneva, Switzerland. "Regardless of country, creed or political orientation,
all of the members of the African diaspora I interviewed hailed the election of U.S President Barack Obama as a great global
"But, after inhaling and closing their eyes at the thought of
the first black President to occupy the most powerful seat on earth, many of these same African-descended participants then
opened their eyes, gazed at the empty Conference chairs behind the sign saying 'Etat Unis' (United States) and let
out any number of thoughts and concerns about such issues as racial profiling, political participation, reparations, xenophobia,
media racism, defining the transatlantic slaver trade as crime against humanity and the discrimination of migrant workers."
Natasha G. posts a story on the care2.com website about how the affirmative action system in Brazil is having problems determining who fits its requirements:
"Tatiana Oliveira, a 22 year old student, has stirred up controversy in Brazil for being admitted
to the Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM) under its quota system for Afro-Brazilians, and then dropped soon after.
"The quota system requires 11 percent of admitted students to be black or pardo (roughly translated
as mixed). Oliveira applied and was admitted to UFSM under this quota, as the daughter of a white woman and pardo man, and
granddaughter of a black woman.
"However one week into her studies, she was
taken in for an interview with the director and the school's affirmative action commission due to doubts about her qualifications.
She was asked about her race and whether she had ever been discriminated against."
The Afro-Latin@ Reader:
History and Culture in the United States
The Afro-Latin@ Reader focuses attention on a large, vibrant, yet oddly invisible community
in the United States: people of African descent from Latin America and the Caribbean. The presence of Afro-Latin@s
in the United States (and throughout the Americas) belies the notion that Blacks and Latin@s are two distinct categories
or cultures. Afro-Latin@s are uniquely situated to bridge the widening social divide between Latin@s and African
Americans. At the same time, their experiences reveal pervasive racism among Latin@s and ethnocentrism among African
Americans. Offering insight into Afro-Latin@ life and new ways to understand culture, ethnicity, nation, identity,
and antiracist politics, The Afro-Latin@ Reader presents a kaleidoscopic view of Black Latin@s in the United
States. It addresses history, music, gender, class, and media representations in more than sixty selections, including
scholarly essays, memoirs, newspaper and magazine articles, poetry, short stories, and interviews.
African American History Day by Day: A Reference Guide to Events
by Karen Juanita Carrillo
of any group's importance to history is in the detail, a fact made plain by this informative book's day-by-day documentation
of the impact of African Americans on life in the United States. One of the easiest ways to grasp any aspect of history
is to look at it as a continuum. African American History Day by Day: A Reference Guide to Events provides just
such an opportunity.
View from Chocó: The Afro-Colombian past, their lives in the present, and their hopes for the future
by Karen Juanita Carrillo
The View from Chocó: The Afro-Colombian past, their lives in the
present, and their hopes for the future is an introduction to the lives of Blacks in Colombia. Afro-Colombians
live in a resource-rich yet remote region of Colombia. They only recently won recognition as one of that nation's
distinct ethnic groups. But Colombia's on-going civil war has led many Afro-Colombians to reach even farther than
their nation's borders for recognition: many have made their way to the United States as refugees and as political
activists working for peace in their homeland. The View from Chocó introduces the lives and struggles of a too-long neglected community of Colombian Blacks.
Raise Your Brown Black Fist is a collection of essays
written by Kevin Alberto Sabio during his time as a Contributing Writer for an online magazine.
The book combines his two article series, "Black
vs Brown" and "Black Thoughts: A Political Ideological Perspective
for Afrolatinos" into one volume, plus three other miscellaneous entries.The bookis currently available through his publisher, AuthorHouse.
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