Critical Latinidad (Are Latino Studies leaving out the Black side of our culture?)
My good fortune was to spend my childhood with my grandparents in Puerto Rico. The shades of my culture were ever present. My grandfather Black & grandmother white, my other grandfather white with blond hair, blue eyes & grandma mulatta. These wonderful people each leaving an impression on me of how diverse we as Latinos are.
It is only fairly recently that Black Latinidad entered the discussion--although it has always existed. Of the 10 million Africans estimated to have crossed the Atlantic, a good 8 or 9 million went to the Caribbean and Latin America.* And while the most famous example of complicated race issues has concerned Brazil (almost 4 million of the 10), Africans and people of African descent have been a focal part of Latin American and Caribbean history across the board.