#El Salvador denies it too
Most countries do too.
Did you know that Vicente Guerrero, José María Morelos, and Emiliano Zapata were Afro-Mexicans? Probably not. Vicente Guerrero is considered one of the most important generals of the Mexican revolution for independence from Spain. José M. Morelos was the leader of the Mexican revolution against Spain. Emiliano Zapata fought for the peasants in Morelos and was also a revolutionary leader during the revolution, he also created Zapatismo. In case you need me to clear this up, many of the peasants in Mexico were natives and enslaved Africans. Actually, I was never told about that while I studied in Mexico, and in fact, I never thought there were any Africans in Mexico, except for “very dark Mexicans” (which let me tell you all that this is a very common belief in Mexico). This racial amnesia that Latin American countries have is based on poor education of history, and in fact, most brown Mexicans are 2.00%-16.00% black descent! Not because their parents used to take them to the beach often and they just tanned.
Any person of this woman’s color probably isn’t recognized as black in the Mexican census, they’d assume she’s just dark. I’d like to emphasize the fact that this is all because of poor education, but also add that communication has affected this as well, the capital city as well as major cities have many, many people from mostly European descent and these are the people they show on our programs and they noticeably outnumber the ones that aren’t fair-skinned, brown and black people are usually not televised once they’re too dark. My family is from a place with A LOT of Afro-Mexicans that I never realized could possibly be black. My point is, there are many things that impede awareness, and what cases us to believe that no Mexican is black, that they’re just “very dark Mexicans.”
This post is very important because identity and history is important. Be aware of yours!
Yili Apricot Valley, China. Every year, these rolling hills in Xinjiang explode into a puffy sea of pink and white. As the largest groves of apricots in the region, this flowering signifies the beginning of the fruiting season, while also transforming the landscape into something other-worldly.