Omaris Zamora: How Is Blackness Contextualized?

In the following excerpt from AfrolatinTalks hosted by The Afrolatin@ Project (a series of scholarly, relaxed conversations held at Cubana Social during the second day of Afrolatino Festival NYC 2015), Omaris Zamora asks: How is blackness contextualized in Mexico, Puerto Rico and Haiti?

Reflection: Afrolatino Festival NYC 2015

First watch the video. Then read the transcription while listening to the excerpt. Later reflect on these questions.

Transcription: Omaris Zamora: How is Blackness Contextualized?

My first question, I think it’s a question that you all can answer and I think it would be a great question to think about, is the way that we contextualize and we think about blackness in different contexts. This comes from me thinking about the way that blackness tends to be contextualized in the US, where you have white Anglophones and then you just have black, which means a lot of the times African American. And then you have Latin America, where you have Afrodescendants, you have mestizos, you have white folks also. And then in the Caribbean, you have black folks in Dominican Republic and Haiti, but then there’s colorism and it depends who’s “actually black” and who’s “not black”, even though to someone on the outside, it would be like, “Well, everybody here is black.”

So, I’m curious as to see in terms of your work, in your experiences, how is blackness contextualized in Veracruz, how is blackness contextualized in Puerto Rico, how is blackness contextualized in Haiti, and the work that you do?

Additional Resources

To learn more about Omaris Zamora, visit her official profile: Omaris Zamora. Come back each day throughout August to see new interviews carried out during the Afrolatino Festival NYC 2015.

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