afrosunflower:

So someone sent me this today after I posted a status on facebook that said “Can someone be black washed?" I asked this because as a Dominican woman who happens to be brown skin and have “african” features, I sometimes feel like society classifies me as black simply because of how I look. (I in no way deny my african ancestry, rather I embrace it to the fullest extent) I do not mind because classified as black but I feel it is just easier for people to but me in a box for their sake. I’m not just black, I’m more than that…
Anyway, a fellow Dominican women sent me this after I posted my status. I laughed at first but them felt the need to address EVERYTHING that was wrong with her statement. 
1. I’m not trying to be “black" by whatever she meant in her definition of the word. I am black ( in the content of African ancestry, not African American which is how many people define black) I don’t fully identity with African American culture because for the first 6 years of my life I was in DR. I’ve been enculturated into African American culture after coming to America. 
2. I’m not spanish. I am not from Spain. I speak the language because the country where my parents are from Republica Dominicana, was colonized by the Spanish. I do not relate/connect to Spain. Other than the language I speak I feel no connection to Spain. 
2. The Dominican Republic is one of the many countries the denies ANYTHING that has to do with African ancestry because it makes them that much closer to Haiti which is seen as the bottle on the barrel in DR. 
3. Dominicans have Spanish blood, Taino blood and African blood and which every you choose to identify as is your business. I respect the language I speak, I respect the African traditions and I respect the people who cultivated my parents land before them. 

— Being Dominican is not about being too Spanish, or Taino or Black, its about respecting the land and its complex history while also understanding the roles that each group of people played in the development/destruction of the nation. I LOVE being Dominican as much as I love being a women of color. I love my blackness as much as I love my tongue. Your identity is for you to feel comfortable with. Check your own boxes and be happy with who YOU are. Don’t dumb your complexities to make it easier for other people, ever. 

afrosunflower:

So someone sent me this today after I posted a status on facebook that said “Can someone be black washed?I asked this because as a Dominican woman who happens to be brown skin and have “african” features, I sometimes feel like society classifies me as black simply because of how I look. (I in no way deny my african ancestry, rather I embrace it to the fullest extent) I do not mind because classified as black but I feel it is just easier for people to but me in a box for their sake. I’m not just black, I’m more than that…

Anyway, a fellow Dominican women sent me this after I posted my status. I laughed at first but them felt the need to address EVERYTHING that was wrong with her statement. 

1. I’m not trying to be “black" by whatever she meant in her definition of the word. I am black ( in the content of African ancestry, not African American which is how many people define black) I don’t fully identity with African American culture because for the first 6 years of my life I was in DR. I’ve been enculturated into African American culture after coming to America. 

2. I’m not spanish. I am not from Spain. I speak the language because the country where my parents are from Republica Dominicana, was colonized by the Spanish. I do not relate/connect to Spain. Other than the language I speak I feel no connection to Spain. 

2. The Dominican Republic is one of the many countries the denies ANYTHING that has to do with African ancestry because it makes them that much closer to Haiti which is seen as the bottle on the barrel in DR. 

3. Dominicans have Spanish blood, Taino blood and African blood and which every you choose to identify as is your business. I respect the language I speak, I respect the African traditions and I respect the people who cultivated my parents land before them. 

— Being Dominican is not about being too Spanish, or Taino or Black, its about respecting the land and its complex history while also understanding the roles that each group of people played in the development/destruction of the nation. I LOVE being Dominican as much as I love being a women of color. I love my blackness as much as I love my tongue. Your identity is for you to feel comfortable with. Check your own boxes and be happy with who YOU are. Don’t dumb your complexities to make it easier for other people, ever. 

zenae:

Original Egyptians. 95% exterminated like the Blacks in Darfur since 2003 by Arabs. The remanding 5% were chased down south.

zenae:

Original Egyptians. 95% exterminated like the Blacks in Darfur since 2003 by Arabs. The remanding 5% were chased down south.

revolutionary-afrolatino:

Black History Month fact #1: 
Contrary to distorted belief, the people who built the pyramids in Egypt were Black Africans. They were not slaves. They actually enjoyed building the pyramids because it was for a greater spiritual purpose.
The first person to scientifically prove that the Egyptians were Black was Cheikh Anata Diop, by testing the amount of melanin of Egyptian mummies.
(pic: King Tutankhamun)


Black History month fact #28: Rome had an African emperor
fact #27: Haiti was the first free Black nation of the “New World”
fact #26: The Pan African flag and its colors.
fact #25: Judaism originates in Africa.
fact #24: Buddhism originates in Africa.
fact #23: Africa is bigger than you think.
fact #22: The origin of black female sexual exploitation in US media.
fact #21: Catholic Virgin Mary was Black.
fact #20: Africans founded Chinese dynasties.
Fact #19: Africans invented the calendar.
Fact #18: Africans came before the Mayans.
Fact #17 Africans discovered America
Fact #16: Africans saw planets with the naked eye.
Fact #15: Africans in Europe
Fact #14: vase Heart symbol
Fact #13: Chess originates in Ethiopia
Fact #12: The Great Pyramid of Giza and Pi (3.14)
Fact #11: The Rosetta Stone
Fact #10: The Shabaka Stone
Fact #9: Ancient Egyptians wore locs.
Fact #8: Africans had walled cities.
Fact #7: Africans had the first sewers, toilets, and perfumes.
Fact #6: The first modern humans were born in Africa
Fact #5: Ancient Egyptians were Ethiopian-descendent.
Fact #4: Origin of Greek language
Fact #3: West African empires were wealthy
Fact #2: Etymology of the word Egypt
Fact #1: Pyramid builders were Black.

revolutionary-afrolatino:

Black History Month fact #1: 

Contrary to distorted belief, the people who built the pyramids in Egypt were Black Africans. They were not slaves. They actually enjoyed building the pyramids because it was for a greater spiritual purpose.

The first person to scientifically prove that the Egyptians were Black was Cheikh Anata Diop, by testing the amount of melanin of Egyptian mummies.

(pic: King Tutankhamun)

Black History month fact #28: Rome had an African emperor

fact #27: Haiti was the first free Black nation of the “New World”

fact #26: The Pan African flag and its colors.

fact #25: Judaism originates in Africa.

fact #24: Buddhism originates in Africa.

fact #23: Africa is bigger than you think.

fact #22: The origin of black female sexual exploitation in US media.

fact #21: Catholic Virgin Mary was Black.

fact #20: Africans founded Chinese dynasties.

Fact #19: Africans invented the calendar.

Fact #18: Africans came before the Mayans.

Fact #17 Africans discovered America

Fact #16: Africans saw planets with the naked eye.

Fact #15: Africans in Europe

Fact #14: vase Heart symbol

Fact #13: Chess originates in Ethiopia

Fact #12: The Great Pyramid of Giza and Pi (3.14)

Fact #11: The Rosetta Stone

Fact #10: The Shabaka Stone

Fact #9: Ancient Egyptians wore locs.

Fact #8: Africans had walled cities.

Fact #7: Africans had the first sewers, toilets, and perfumes.

Fact #6: The first modern humans were born in Africa

Fact #5: Ancient Egyptians were Ethiopian-descendent.

Fact #4: Origin of Greek language

Fact #3: West African empires were wealthy

Fact #2: Etymology of the word Egypt

Fact #1: Pyramid builders were Black.

Aury

Aury