Unpacking Blackness in Mexico’s Costa Chica
Importante! An old brainwashing tactic pushed by white people to create divisions and impose self-hatred among people of the African diaspora to embrace whiteness or anything other than blackness that still runs deep in a lot of countries.
Granted, “Black” doesn’t mean the same thing in some countries as it would in the United States (i.e. at least 1 black parent, one drop rule, house nigger - field nigger). People fear of claiming to be negro. The way it’s framed. At the bottom of the racial hierarchies. “Negro es malo.”
As a result, other identifiers are still embraced instead mulatto, coloured in South Africa, or moreno to seem “black (of African descent) but not black black.” Anything to seem better than, exotic, accepted better than black, a little closeness to whiteness.
In most cases, there’s an outright denial, to rid of (adelantar la raza) and a push to claim of being mestizo or indio due to learned self-hate and that old passing tactic. While in other cases, people don’t claim to be black because they don’t know the true history of their country. White washed. “The black people were killed off” or they “never came here.” Yeah iight. Black is fucking beautiful. Embrace it!