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Urban_Journalz
03-17-2007, 11:18 AM
I'm glad it was finally done and I'm glad Tego did it.

Bein' half Black and half Dominicano myself, I get a lot of shit from the lighter latins and it's only when I cuss 'em out in Spanish that they stfu.

Peace to Tego.
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BLACK PRIDE
LATIN AMERICA NEEDS ITS OWN CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT SAYS THE WORLD-FAMOUS RAPPER
By TEGO CALDERON

Tego says skin color's still a major issue for Latinos.

February 15, 2007 -- Just this morning, I was listening to radio host Luisito Vigeroux talking about a movie project that I am working on which co-stars Mayra Santos Febres and he was saying, "Her? She's starring in it?"

Questioning her Black beauty.

I remember, too, when Celia Cruz died, a newscaster, thinking she was being smart, said Celia Cruz wasn't black, she was Cuban. She was pretty even though she's black.

As if there is something wrong with being black, like the two things can't exist simultaneously and be a majestic thing. There is ignorance and stupidity in Puerto Rico and Latin America when it comes to blackness.

In Puerto Rico, Spike Lee's "Malcolm X" was only shown in one theater and unlike all the other movies shown here, there were no subtitles. It's as if they don't want the masses to learn.

But it's not just here - in Puerto Rico - where I experience racism. When I lived in Miami, I was often treated like a second class Boricua. I felt like I was in the middle - Latino kids did not embrace me and African American kids were confused because here I was a black boy who spoke Spanish. But after a while, I felt more embraced by black Americans - as a brother who happens to speak Spanish - than other Latino kids did.

Because I am well known, sometimes I forget the racist ways of the world. But then I travel to places where no one knows Tego Calderón I am reminded.

For instance, when I travel first class, the stewardess will say, "Sir, this is first class," and ask to see ticket. I take my time, put my bags in the overhead, sit, and gingerly give them my ticket, smiling at them. I try not to get stressed anymore, let them stress themselves.

And the thing is that many white Puerto Ricans and Latinos don't get it. They are immune to the subtle ways in which we are demeaned, disrespected. They have white privilege. And I've heard it said that we are on the defensive about race.

Those things happen and it's not because of color, Tego, but because of how you look, how you walk, what you wear, what credit card you have. Then, they spend a couple of days with me, sort of walk in my shoes, and say "Damn negro, you are right."

When I check into hotels and use my American Express they call the credit card company in front of me saying the machine is broken. This happens a lot in U.S. cities but it's not because there is more racism there, it's because they don't know me. When I'm in Latin America, I am known, so it's different. That is not to say that there is less racism. The reality for blacks in Latin America is severe, in Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Honduras ...

Puerto Rican (and Latin American) blacks are confused because we grow up side by side with non-blacks and we are lulled into believing that things are the same. But we are treated differently.

My parents always celebrated our history. My dad always pointed things out to me. He even left the PIP (Pro-Independence Party) because he always said that los negros and our struggle was never acknowledged.

Maelo (Ismael Rivera) and Tite Curet did their part in educating and calling out the issues. Today, I do my part but I attack the subject of racism directly.

It makes me so happy to see Don Omar call himself el negro and La Sister celebrate her blackness. Now it's in fashion to be black and to be from Loiza. And that is awesome, it makes me so happy. Even if they don't give me credit for starting the pride movement, I know what I did to get it out there.

Young black Latinos have to learn their story. We also need to start our own media, and forums and universities. We are treated like second class citizens. They tell blacks in Latin America that we are better off than U.S. blacks or Africans and that we have it better here, but it's a false sense of being. Because here, it's worse.

We are definitely treated like second class citizens and we are not part of the government or institutions. Take for instance, Jamaica - whites control a Black country.

They have raised us to be ashamed of our blackness. It's in the language too. Take the word denigrate - denigrar - which is to be less than a negro.

In Puerto Rico you get used it and don't see it everyday. It takes a visitor to point out that all the dark skin sisters and brothers are in the service industry.

It's hard in Puerto Rico. There was this Spaniard woman in the elevator of the building where I lived who asked me if I lived there. And poor thing - not only is there one black brother living in the penthouse, but also in the other, lives Tito Trinidad. It gets interesting when we both have our tribes over.

Black Latinos are not respected in Latin America and we will have to get it by defending our rights, much like African Americans struggled in the U.S.

It's hard to find information about our people and history but just like kids research the newest Nintendo game or CD they have to take interest in their story. Be hungry for it.

We need to educate people close to us. I do it one person at a time when language is used and I am offended by it. Sometimes you educate with tenderness, as in the case of my wife, who is not black.

She's learned a lot and is offended when she sees injustices. She gets it. Our children are mixed, but they understand that they are black and what that means. My wife has taught her parents, and siblings, and they, in turn, educate the nephews and nieces. That is how everyone learns.

This is not about rejecting whiteness rather; it's about learning to love our blackness - to love ourselves. We have to say basta ya, it's enough, and find a way to love our blackness. They have confused us - and taught us to hate each other - to self-hate and create divisions on shades and features.

Remember that during slavery, they took the light blacks to work the home, and left the dark ones to work the fields. There is a lot residue of self-hatred.

And each of us has to put a grain in the sand to make it into a movement where we get respect, where we can celebrate our blackness without shame.

It will be difficult but not impossible.

As told to Sandra Guzman

Tito
03-17-2007, 02:14 PM
im not black or that dark but brown.. but it is seeing .. even not like str8 racism.. but.. like other mexicans..they be like

fucking n*5551 but in spanish... messing around but it is seen more often now..

Gawd
03-17-2007, 04:07 PM
black ppl need to stop acting like they are always the victims. they dish it out as well.

Urban_Journalz
03-17-2007, 04:29 PM
im not black or that dark but brown.. but it is seeing .. even not like str8 racism.. but.. like other mexicans..they be like

fucking n*5551 but in spanish... messing around but it is seen more often now..

Yeah. I got it most in L.A. when I was there, cuz they aren't used to dark-skinned Latins as they are in N.Y.

It's a product of conditioning really. I mean, it's not what you say, it's how you say it. I've been called the n word in spanish a few times, but it was the same way I'd say it to one of my homies. Not like I was scum.

Plus, like Tego said, most of the people who talk that trash don't know their own history.

Tito
03-17-2007, 04:33 PM
yea.. but its like saying.. "ur mexican .. why are u into that. "


or they assume u think like them.. because commercial is all.. they see

Urban_Journalz
03-17-2007, 04:36 PM
black ppl need to stop acting like they are always the vistims. they dish it out as well.

Now you just sound stupid. It's clear you only wanted to put your two cents in, and have no intention of being part of the solution.

Yeah, racism is everywhere, but you can't blame an entire group on the actions of a few. What about the black people who think everybody is everybody and racism is one of the dumbest things in existence?? You mean to tell me we deserve that kind of treatment too?? Plus, I notice all you managed to talk about was the fact that someone is complaining, instead of touching on the more important topic at hand, that the majority of people are straight-up racists and are getting away with holdin' other people down simply based on skin-color.

It's cuz of people like you who only know how to run their mouths that things don't change as we speak.

Do yourself and everyone else a favor, next time you choose to speak, make it relevant instead of the likeness of a baby wavin' his fuckin' rattle. Since you can't wrap your tiny mind aroung the fact that Tego's right, all you can do is say, "Yeah, well 'they' do it too?"

:fucku: Comprende cabron?? Toma!

Gawd
03-17-2007, 05:22 PM
is it clear i dont wanna be apart of the solution? is bitching about every little thing and calling others racists part of your solution? lawls. if so i dont wanna youre right.

Urban_Journalz
03-17-2007, 05:57 PM
is it clear i dont wanna be apart of the solution? is bitching about every little thing and calling others racists part of your solution? lawls. if so i dont wanna youre right.

Clearly you're too stupid to see the difference between bitchin' and raising awareness, which further explains why you bothered to type in the first place.

Be that as it may, your all of a worthless opinion, if you can even call it that, was thrown in. Now go find another deconstructive way to prove your existence.

Urban_Journalz
03-17-2007, 05:59 PM
yea.. but its like saying.. "ur mexican .. why are u into that. "


or they assume u think like them.. because commercial is all.. they see

I know. Stupid right? It's a lot like the mainstream state of hip-hop though. A lot of people in school told me that I should like Ja-Rule just because I'm from Queens. It's sick the way people walk around eyes wide shut.

Gawd
03-17-2007, 06:23 PM
Blacks born in Latin America are Latin themselves. Next thread about blacks in russia being persecuted.........cant wait.

Gawd
03-17-2007, 06:27 PM
light skinned hispanics in Mexico dont like dark skinned hispanics......can you make us aware about that plz or is it always about black ppl?

Tito
03-17-2007, 07:35 PM
they dont trip on them.. but they do give them names..


Pinche nopal {cactus} pinche indio { like u indigenous type lookin mo fo }

Urban_Journalz
03-17-2007, 09:27 PM
they dont trip on them.. but they do give them names..


Pinche nopal {cactus} pinche indio { like u indigenous type lookin mo fo }

Don't mind him. He's simple. Just like the ones that use those slurs. There's always one and they're all better off ignored.

It's clear to me that the widespread stupidity of today's world is the main reason why we're either comfortable in being so, or feel like it's a losing fight to do something positive. It was said that in the latter days there would be an abundance of knowledge, yet no one would want to learn.

I suggest that if you're one of the blessed few who think outside the box, that you act on the better principles and BE the change you want to see in the world. Let the side-seat drivers do as they will, because they're harmless to everyone but themselves.

Peace

oDoUoSoKo
03-17-2007, 09:37 PM
they dont trip on them.. but they do give them names..


Pinche nopal {cactus} pinche indio { like u indigenous type lookin mo fo }
que clache de esptupideses hable usted? ta seguro que eres mexicano? esa mierda suena como la nari de michael jackson mama llema..Juan

Ultimate Fist
03-17-2007, 09:46 PM
Yeah. I got it most in L.A. when I was there, cuz they aren't used to dark-skinned Latins as they are in N.Y.

It's a product of conditioning really. I mean, it's not what you say, it's how you say it. I've been called the n word in spanish a few times, but it was the same way I'd say it to one of my homies. Not like I was scum.

Plus, like Tego said, most of the people who talk that trash don't know their own history.

There's some fucked up racial shit going on in LA right now. There was this old black dude who got capped by a mexican gang the other day because they "felt like shooting a nigga." (their words to the cops)

Gawd
03-17-2007, 10:25 PM
deport them, and their families

Urban_Journalz
03-18-2007, 01:51 PM
There's some fucked up racial shit going on in LA right now. There was this old black dude who got capped by a mexican gang the other day because they "felt like shooting a nigga." (their words to the cops)

Damn. I been hearin' about the racial issues escalating again out there. What goes around comes right back around though. It's amazing, it's 2007 and mankind is goin' back to the stone age.

J.T.S.
03-19-2007, 03:09 PM
Things never change!

Urban_Journalz
03-19-2007, 03:27 PM
Things never change!

Nope. For real, it's up to us too. Too few people realize that leading by example is the best method of change. Or they don't know how to do so, or don't care enough to do so. Most of society is cattle. Even worse than cattle, because at least cattle do what they were put here for.

Black Man
03-19-2007, 04:46 PM
Being half black and half dominican...not that's racism at it's finest!

Urban_Journalz
03-19-2007, 10:26 PM
^^^It's called knowing where and being proud of where your parents come from. Knowing your roots ringin' any bells maybe??

What you did with that statement was throwing your two cents in for the sheer sake of starting some shit. Very profound.^O^

Congratulations, you're a moron.:b

Tito
03-20-2007, 12:13 AM
que clache de esptupideses hable usted? ta seguro que eres mexicano? esa mierda suena como la nari de michael jackson mama llema..Juan

THESE ARE NICK NAMES.. FUCKING AROUND.. {BUT TRUE.. }


SIMON..


I DONT SAY.. THIS.. SOY MEXICANO.. NO PORQUE SOY DE AQUI.,.QUIERE DECIR QUE LOS HAGO MENOS..


DUSK... THAT WAS SICK... CUZ IM FADED.. ITS ALL ONE..

Black Man
03-20-2007, 09:54 AM
^^^It's called knowing where and being proud of where your parents come from. Knowing your roots ringin' any bells maybe??

What you did with that statement was throwing your two cents in for the sheer sake of starting some shit. Very profound.^O^

Congratulations, you're a moron.:b

Where's black at? I know where D.R. is, but where's black at? You said it's called knowing where your parents are from, so where is this place "black" at?

abasi
03-20-2007, 12:10 PM
stupid

Black Man
03-20-2007, 12:16 PM
you don't know either.

Urban_Journalz
03-20-2007, 02:50 PM
stupid

:yes:
Co-Sign. You'd think with a name like "Black Man", he wouldn't let something so dumb trip past his lips, or fingers, as it were. This is why stupid people shouldn't be allowed anywhere around books. :lmao:

Black Man
03-20-2007, 03:44 PM
because you don't understand the effects of the past on you personally, doesn't mean that what i said is "stupid." what's stupid is you don't see the relationship with what you said about yourself and how that's a way of erasing one's identity and seperating them from their past/present.

the original people on that island weren't called dominican(but you want to speak on your 'roots'). dominican rep. came into existence in the 1800's...over 300 years after columbus made his discovery. the people who are indiginious to that area referred to themselves as either taino, bourican(spelling?), or arawak.

Urban_Journalz
03-20-2007, 05:06 PM
because you don't understand the effects of the past on you personally, doesn't mean that what i said is "stupid." what's stupid is you don't see the relationship with what you said about yourself and how that's a way of erasing one's identity and seperating them from their past/present.

the original people on that island weren't called dominican(but you want to speak on your 'roots'). dominican rep. came into existence in the 1800's...over 300 years after columbus made his discovery. the people who are indiginious to that area referred to themselves as either taino, bourican(spelling?), or arawak.

So you said all that to say what? As far as Colombus, you can't discover something that's already been discovered.

Erasing my identity? Why, because I choose not to go chapter and verse all the time? You got a problem with the NAMES I choose to identify my backround with, then don't fuckin' read 'em. :yes:

How the hell is not using older names to describe the SAME group of people racism? Or were you just trying to stir up some more shit? Would you get your panties in a twist if I said I was from EGYPT instead of KEMET, seeing as it was the Greeks who re-named it EGYPT?! Fuck off with your beaurocratic shit man. You're only a legend in your own tiny mind

Black Man
03-20-2007, 05:19 PM
So you said all that to say what? As far as Colombus, you can't discover something that's already been discovered.

Erasing my identity? Why, because I choose not to go chapter and verse all the time? You got a problem with the NAMES I choose to identify my backround with, then don't fuckin' read 'em. :yes:

How the hell is not using older names to describe the SAME group of people racism? Or were you just trying to stir up some more shit? Would you get your panties in a twist if I said I was from EGYPT instead of KEMET, seeing as it was the Greeks who re-named it EGYPT?! Fuck off with your beaurocratic shit man. You're only a legend in your own tiny mind

You can't discover something that's already been discovered. For "europe" he (columbus) made a discovery. He discovered a land, people, and resourses. Maybe you should learn what discover means.

The people who inhabit those islands including the D.R. are not the same as they were prior to columbus. Things changed.

Egypt and Kmt, two different places, civilizations, borders, etc. etc.

Urban_Journalz
03-20-2007, 05:36 PM
You can't discover something that's already been discovered. For "europe" he (columbus) made a discovery. He discovered a land, people, and resourses. Maybe you should learn what discover means.

The people who inhabit those islands including the D.R. are not the same as they were prior to columbus. Things changed.

Egypt and Kmt, two different places, civilizations, borders, etc. etc.

Egypt and Kemet are two different places?? PROVE IT. Sue me, but I'm not inclined to believe someone who's calling mortal man a god. Like I said, take that shit somewhere else. Your desperate need for attention is becoming more apparent with every post and frankly it's annoying.