James G. Muhammad writes in the Final Call about a recent talk given by Carlos Rosero, founding member of Procesco de Comunidades Negras (PCN, or Black Communities
"Speaking through various translators, Mr. Rosero
said paramilitaries have identified Afro Colombian activists as 'defenders of the guerillas' and thus bona fide military targets.
The crimes of the activists, paramilitaries say, are their refusal to allow multi-national corporations to develop the land
and the Afro Colombians' alleged collaboration with guerillas who need them to grow coca.
" 'There is a complex tie between the anti-drug and anti-guerilla wars,' Mr. Rosero said. 'The most threatened
are the leaders of the Black movements. They are people who are very firm in their conviction that they will not leave the
"The activist said Afro Colombians won title to vast
stretches of land as a form of reparations for slavery in Colombia that ended in 1851. The vast mineral wealth under the land
has moved President Alvaro Uribe to violate those rights, Mr. Rosero said."
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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