I don’t have to do a lot of research to know that the media, this government, America does not represent me. I don’t hear them talk about me. I don’t see anyone that looks and sounds like me on American television, especially Hispanic American television. If I hear someone speak about a Black Hispanic is usually about crime and the occasional baseball player. In every day American life it is uncomfortable when White America gives me preferential treatment once they realize I am Hispanic and not ”African American”. However, I have a serious problem with Hispanic Americans acting dumb and completely dismiss black Hispanics as if they do not exist when they had a least an uncle or a neighbor that was black in their home country.
The Caribbean, West Indian, Dominican, Latina, Hispanic, all these will work but don’t dare call a Hispanic of the darker persuasion Black or African American that is a sin. There is no denying there is racism in this country against Blacks and Hispanics. However, little is mentioned about the Latino-Black feud and even less about Latinos’ racism against their own which has been dragged from their home country and magnified here in the United States of America.
The favoritism shown to me after someone hears me speak Spanish when a minute before I was ignored and perceived as African American is a disgust. The pictures of our Black-Hispanic family members that never hang on the walls of the ‘white’-Hispanic family members and they don’t even notice they do it?. Disgusting! Shameful!
How can we Hispanics/Latinos fight for equal treatment or equal justice from White America when the racism and self hatred that has been dragged to America has not been dealt with amongst our own?