New Blacks

New Blacks (by 2014) are those Blacks in the US who think they are beyond race, the post-racial Blacks. They seem to think racism is either pretty much dead or the fault of Black people. Singer Pha…


Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), she of the unibrow, is a Mexican painter best known for her unforgettable self-portraits. She was the wife of Diego Rivera, another famous Mexican artist. European painters…


Notes towards a Chicano history of the US


Schools in the US teach a White or Anglo American history of the country. Because of White guilt it is full of lies, half-truths and stuff left out. There is much to learn and unlearn:


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The term “Hispanic”

The term “Hispanic”

“Hispanic” (1580s) generally means someone or something from a Spanish-speaking country.

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Abagond’s article leaves out a couple important related facts.
1. Most Hispanic/Latinos have Amerindian heritage.
2. There are some who reject both the term Hispanic and Latino because both terms gloss over / ignore the fact that most Hispanic/Latinos have an indigenous link to the Americas.

This is important because sovereignty, freedom of movement, and (im)migrant rights.

One term used by those who reject both Hispanic and Latino is Nican Tlaca – which is the Nahuatl (Mexica) language way of saying “We the people here”.

Welcome to Hispanic Heritage Month 2014



















Welcome to Hispanic Heritage Month 2014! In the US it runs from September 15th to October 15th. Thanks to everyone who suggested a topic! Based on your suggestions and some ideas of my own, here ar…


DNA ancestry tests and Black Americans

Note: I already did a post on DNA ancestry tests. This one looks at them as applied to Blacks in the US. Unlike other Americans, Blacks had their ethnic identity and history taken from them. Even N…


Is race biologically real?

Is race biologically real? Or is it just a social construct?
In 1912 most Western scientists would have said yes, race is real, a fact of nature. They took it for granted as “obvious”. But in 2012 most geneticists and biological anthropologists would have answered no.
What seems to have changed their minds:
    1. The Holocaust made “race” seem like a dangerous idea now that white people were getting killed. Many scientists began to question it.
    2. Advances in genetics made race seem arbitrary, subjective and, at best, skin deep. It did not match what genes did.
    3. The rise of colour-blind racism in the US, which seeks to address the issue of race by – not seeing it!
    4. Out of Africa – once it became clear that humans came from Africa, not Europe or North Eurasia, scientists did not trade their white supremacism for black supremacism. Instead it was: “Race does not matter!”
Community Village‘s insight:
The words ‘haplogroup’ and ‘haplotype’ are the scientific replacements for the word race.
The word ‘cline’ is the poetic replacement for the word race.
The best book I’ve read on this topic is ‘The Nature of Race: How Scientists Think and Teach about Human Difference’ by Ann Morning
- – @getgln

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