The Untold History of Afro-Mexicans, Mexico’s Forgotten Ethnic Group

When people think of the diverse ethnicities that make up Mexico, Afro-Mexicans are not often the first that spring to mind, given that their 1.2% minority status among the Mexican population (according to a preliminary 2015 census) has been systematically overlooked for centuries. However, their cultural and historical contributions in Mexico cannot be ignored. Here’s the untold story of Afro-Mexicans. History of Afro-Mexicans Contrary to what many people realise, Mexico was a slave trading country in the 16th century, having a population of around 200,000 principally West African slaves that outnumbered the Spanish…

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Mexicans of African descent

Profile  There have been no official figures on the numbers of Mexicans of African descent since 1810, when a census found that black people made up 10 per cent of the total population. In more recent years, estimates put them at between 0.5 and 4.7 million. The 2015 preliminary survey to the 2020 census allowed Afro-Mexicans to self-identify for the first time and recorded a total of 1.4 million (1.2 per cent of the population). Though the term used in the survey, negro or ‘black’, is not widely used by Afro-Mexicans who prefer moreno or ‘dark’.  Although Veracruz is thought to have the largest black population in Mexico due to its history…

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The black people ‘erased from history’

More than a million people in Mexico are descended from African slaves and identify as “black”, “dark” or “Afro-Mexican” even if they don’t look black. But beyond the southern state of Oaxaca they are little-known and the community’s leaders are now warning of possible radical steps to achieve official recognition. “The police made me sing the national anthem three times, because they wouldn’t believe I was Mexican,” says Chogo el Bandeno, a black Mexican singer-songwriter. “I had to list the governors of five states too.” He was visiting the capital,…

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Cherokee Nation Views COVID as Impetus to Increase Domestic Production

Source: by Carmen Davis, Executive Editor | Dec 30, 2020 | Infrastructure, Innovation, News “We determined that never again will Cherokee Nation be at the mercy of the government of the United States. We are actually engaged in constructing domestic production of masks here in Cherokee Nation,” Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin, Jr. said during the Native Business Virtual Summit. “We are also looking at COVID, not as some opportunity to exploit but an opportunity to do better in the future,” shared Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin, Jr. during the Native Business Virtual Summit live broadcast. Federal…

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Haaland Is Biden’s Pick for Interior Secretary

Source: by Carmen Davis, Executive Editor | Dec 17, 2020 | Featured, Happening Now, Leadership, Legislative / Policy, News Haaland (D-New Mexico) is an enrolled citizen of the Pueblo of Laguna and serves on the House Natural Resources Committee. Haaland can remain in her House seat until her confirmation as Secretary of the Interior by the U.S. Senate is complete. In its 171-year-old history, the U.S. Department of the Interior has never had a Native American at its helm. That’s about to change — if Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico) is confirmed as Secretary of the Interior. President-elect Joe…

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THE BAY’S BLACK AND BROWN FAMILIES ARE DEALING WITH A SERIOUS CHILD-CARE DILEMMA DURING PANDEMIC AND CALIFORNIA FIRE SEASON

By JR Valrey  Childcare is one of the least talked about, paramount issues that Black parents are facing, during 2020’s COVID pandemic year, and throughout California’s ever intensifying fire season, which has had over 2.5 million acres throughout the state go up in flames within the last month. With distance learning being mandated at schools across the nation until further notice, and the plentiful California sun being blocked out for weeks because of the smoke from the still burning, enormous California, Oregon, and Washington fires, there’s no telling when life…

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SAN FRANCISCO’S POLICE COMMISSIONER MALIA COHEN SPEAKS

by JR Valrey Former San Francisco Supervisor Malia Cohen has just been appointed to head the San Francisco Police Commission this month, by Mayor London Breed. This is a very critical time in the nation’s history, where relations between the Black and Brown community as well as the activist community, and the police are at all time lows. Just in the last couple of weeks, San Leandro police officer Jason Fletcher became only the second officer in California, in a decade, to be indicted. He was charged with voluntary manslaughter…

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NO JUSTICE FOR BREONNA TAYLOR

By Xion Abiodun I have been alive for 16 years now, and I consider that a pretty long time. But I was not alive long enough to know that Black people do not receive any kind of justice in this country. It has been months since the horrific murder of Breonna Taylor and a $12 million dollar settlement has been given to her family but no one has been indicted for her murder. Putting her murderers in jail will not bring her back, but it will make sure that these…

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Floyd Mayweather’s Boxing Prodigy, Danny Gonzalez, Dead at 22 After Shooting

Floyd Mayweather’s Boxing Prodigy, Danny Gonzalez, Dead at 22 After Shooting The world of boxing has lost a rising star. Floyd Mayweather shared the heartbreaking news that his prodigy, Danny Gonzalez, passed away. “R.I.P champ gone but never forgotten,” Mayweather captioned his Instagram post on Tuesday, Sept. 8. According to law enforcement, the athlete was shot and killed on Labor Day, Sept. 7, in Moreno Valley, Calif. He was 22 years old. Related video: Floyd Mayweather to pay George Floyd’s funeral costs Floyd Mayweather To Pay George Floyd’s Funeral Costs NBCU Scroll back up…

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Mississippi AG drops case against Curtis Flowers, a Black man who was tried 6 times for same crime

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Attorney General’s Office is dropping its case against Curtis Flowers, a Black man who was tried six times for the same crime by a white prosecutor. The case drew national attention last year as it went before the U.S. Supreme Court after it was the subject of “In The Dark,” a popular investigative podcast. Flowers, accused of killing four people at a furniture store in Winona in 1996, has maintained his innocence for more than two decades as his case went through an unprecedented number of trials, the…

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