First off this is meant to be an intelligent conversation/discussion between latinos and other latinos, and Latinos and Black Americans. So we can see our similarities, differences and see how we can improve ourselves. Please dont turn this into an ignorant race bashing arguement. Thank you. And to all my fellow Latinos....Latinos para siempre!!!!!!!!
I am Dominican and Jamaican and as every Latino/Hispano knows, our culture doesnt have a disinct look to it, as does the Caucasian, Oriental, Black American (for the most part), Arab, or most other Races in the world. We, for the most part, are a mix of African/ Black ( from the slaves brought from Africa), European/ White ( from the conquistadors, and eventually the settlers that would come after), and Indian/ Brown ( from the indigenious peoples that were here long before Cristobal Colon, and his band of Spanish murders came to Hispanola (The island in which the countries The Dominican Republic and Haiti are located).
Throught our history as a people and a culture, we have had slavery, genocide, and forced assimilation into the European/White ways of doing things, so much as Black and Brown Latinos are conditioned to believe that they need to be more white or the arent "Latino/ Hispanic enough". This idea of not being ''Latino enough" is a foolish almost crazy notion being that Latinos/Hispanos come in all races and colors: black, white, brown, red, light, dark, mixed, red boned, straight hair, curly hair, nappy hair, kinky hair, short hair, long hair, blond, brunette, red head, black hair, green eyes, blue eyes, brown eyes, black eyes, gray eyes and hazelnut eyes.
Even though these facts exist in front of Latino/Hispanos on an everyday basis, through music, food, dress, dance, culture, even slang and dialects in some places, this way of thought has led to problems between Latinos/Hispanics and Black Americans in The United States ranging from small conflicts (small differences) between Caribenos and other "Black latinos" with Black Americans, to almost out and out war between Mexicanos and Blacks in LA, California.
My question is that, since most Latinos/Hispanos share the same racial history with Black Americans and Latinos/Hispanos on a whole whether linked by race to the Black Americans or not, share the same finacial struggle, the struggle against prejudice, and for the most part the same struggle period...Why do we as Latinos/Hispanos (Even if there is little physical diiference...i.e. some Boricuas, Most Dominicans, Jamaicans, Haitians, Cubans, Brazilians, Colombians..etc) think that we are better than the Black Americans, when their sacrifices have led to us having all of the freedom we enjoy.
I myself, have been guilty of thinking that because the way I was raised, I was subconsciously taught that I was better than Black Americans, because of my heritage. I had to educated myself away from that thinking and realize that I was black too, Atleast skin colorwise, so even though I had an ability to speak a different language, dance to merengue and bachata, visit family in Latin America and call another culture other than the American culture my own, to white America, I was still a n*****. Albiet, I was now a spanish n*****, but still a n*****. Even to my own people, who are finding a hard time dealing with their own race, I would be looked at strangely if I compared us to Blacks, and my question is why??
We have the same history, race, struggle...we just had it in different countries under different masters who spoke different languages i.e. Spanish, French, Dutch, English, and/or Portugese. I would like to hear everyones view on this, no matter if if you are not latino. If you are Black American, Spanish, Dutch, French, Portugese, or African...please weight in on this topic. Thanks.