Gabriel Ramirez shares a piece of spoken word about being black and Latino.
Being black and Latino, I can certainly relate to this video. I've written several cards on this very topic, because it's something that's very important to me. Unfortunately, colorism is alive and real within the Latino community. When I was young, I was told over-and-over again by certain family members that I was only Puerto Rican, not black. I wasn't like those black people.
I think this is a very important discussion to have within the Latino community. It's terribly disheartening to fight an identity battle, only because dark skin is seen as something awful, even to those who wear it in the Latino community. Sadly, when I was younger, I thought my skin was awful. However, I have learned to be in love with my skin.
If you're afro-latino, have you ever battled with identity issues or colorism from the Latino community?