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Blacks in Latin America are so misunderstood that many times they themselves are confused with what race to identify as. Most, of course, know that they are a Latino. But that is their ethnicity. Latinos are so culturally rich in their specific island that it becomes nationalism. Many believe being Dominican or Puerto Rican is some sort of “bloodline.” So don’t be surprised if you ask what race they are and they tell you “I’m Dominican.” If you asked them if they were Black, White, or Asian, they would either tell you that they are just “mixed” or wouldn’t know what to tell you because they didn’t really think of it before. Many Black Latinos will appear obviously Black yet deny their close African ancestry from just few generations ago. Many Latinos are also completely oblivious to the fact that slaves were brought from Africa because indigenous people would rather die than work. Carribean latinos and even South American Latinos being mixed with Black ancestry isn’t a far fetched idea at all. The caribbean is part of the West Indies. Other West Indian islands like Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad acknowledge their Blackness… Yet nations like Dominican Republic claim to be derivatives of Spain while living on the same island with one of the Blackest nations: Haiti. There are two major problems:
1. Not enough Latinos are knowledgeable about their racial ancestry nor racially aware.
2. Not enough American Blacks realize that most of the Black slaves didn’t wind up in the present day United States; they were taken to what is called “Latin America.”