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Friday, April 24, 2009

Mariana Sanchez reports for the Al Jazeera network about  how a racist campaign message highlights the problems Afro Ecuadorians face. 

12:04 pm edt 

"So why not come?" Barack Obama, Durban II and the Black Planet

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 milestone.

"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."

11:55 am edt 

Determining Who Fits the Racial Quota

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."

11:32 am edt 

Hidden kingdom of the Afro-Bolivians

"It is a three-hour journey on a winding route known as the Death Road from La Paz to the region of Los Yungas, a patch of rainforest in the Andes Mountains," writes Andres Schipani for the BBC News.

"...Afro-Bolivians are traditionally farmers, growing citrus, coffee and banana trees. But today many grow coca.

"Los Yungas is one of the two places in Bolivia where coca - cocaine's raw material - can be grown legally, albeit in limited amounts." 

11:21 am edt 

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The Sound of My Footsteps:

Narratives of Migratory Jamaican immigrants


Interviews with over 30 Jamaican immigrants

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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.

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African American History Day by Day: A Reference Guide to Events

 by Karen Juanita Carrillo

The proof 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.

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The 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. 

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