7 junio, 2024

The 21 best phrases about Afro-Colombianity

The Afro-Colombian phrases transmit ideas about the culture and identity of those Colombians descendants of black people of the African continent.

This identity construction is part of the daily reality of Colombians and includes a series of values, such as the historical or ethnic rights of citizens, territorial heritage, the political and ethical project, etc.

Next, we leave a list of quotes about Afro-Colombianity by the main historical and political representatives of Colombia.

Phrases of Afro-Colombianity

-Afro-Colombians have a truly effective weapon: the smile!

-When an Afro-Colombian speaks to me, I don’t pay attention to the color of his skin, but to the color of his feelings.

-There are no races, the only race that exists is human.

-My black skin is not a badge of shame, it is a glorious symbol of national greatness.

-Negritudes are the fundamental basis of culture in Colombian society.

-Without black there is no flavor, as the song says.

-No one is born hating another person because of the color of their skin.

-I am the dream and hope of the slave.

-We the weaned daughters of Africa are giving birth in our stepmother America.- María Suárez Rivero and Chabela Ramírez Abella.

-We want Colombia to be a country free of any type of discrimination, guaranteeing equal treatment for Afro-Colombians and for all communities.- Juan Manuel Santos, former president of Colombia.

-Celebrating Afro-Colombianity is celebrating the end of slavery, as a way of recognizing ourselves as a people in the nation and also recognizing our heroes of the homeland.- Jesús Agualimpia, director of the newspaper Pacific XXI Century.

-The culture of the black, Raizal, Afro-Colombian and Palenquera communities is considered a fundamental pillar for the social, cultural and economic development of the nation. It is important that the participation of society be strengthened by eradicating discrimination and racism. These commemorations imply many challenges of social inclusion for these peoples, and culture is a powerful mechanism to achieve it.- Moisés Medrano, Director of Populations of the Ministry of Culture.

-If the path foreseen by the 1991 Constitution is correct, and it is, it is relevant to think about what it means to ignore the history, the referents, the data, the figures and not having a collective memory of one of the most significant foundations of society Colombian and its black communities. These boast a series of cultural manifestations that have been preserved through generations and that have allowed them to cement the multiethnic and multicultural nation.- Moisés Medrano.

-The memories of enslavement are the memories of abolition, resistance, dignity, ancestry, culture, territory, citizenship and its history. That memory that contributes to creating opportunities, already provided for in the national legal system and distant from many of the black, Raizal, Afro-Colombian and Palenquera communities.

-Being Afro means having part of a universal legacy that must be known, transmitted, disseminated, respected… for being different and at the same time unique.- Alfredo Vanín.

-Words carry an ideology, meanings beyond the semantics. Words that denote a false inferiority continue to be used many times. In other words, they speak out and deeply hurt the self-esteem of the people who suffer from them.- Alfredo Vanín on the adjectives used against Afro-Colombians.

-Satan is black, the different one, the beast, the one that must be dominated, and these meanings have been reproduced uninterruptedly through the centuries. The idea is that we begin to reflect on that, we become aware that a human group cannot be perpetually condemned or demonized just because in a period of humanity, European expansion decided that it had to be done.- Alfredo Vanín.

-It always comes to say «black» as something disastrous or bad. So the task remains to give new meaning to the words. For example, the word «black» did not exist in Africa. Therefore, no people in the world have been called “black”. That is a term used by the colonizer, the trafficker.- Alfredo Vanín.

-Pigmentocracy is a misconception of colonization. African traffickers found themselves in Africa with worlds sometimes superior to the civilizations they knew. But to justify the ethnocide they had to disclose the supposed inferiority of the black, and degrade him.- Alfredo Vanín.

-I can hardly speak of Afro-descendants because I refer to my black compatriots without any discrimination in the soul, without the need for a single brand. Perhaps, for the reason that I grew up in an area of ​​Antioquia bordering on Chocó, where we mixed with each other without feeling differences with endearing, mutual affection. Perhaps because I grew up there seeing my countrymen from Antioquia and coffee growers, fishermen, merchants, and Chocoan miners without noticing any differences. Perhaps, because I always heard the beautiful narration in my elders about the great-grandfather who was a pharmacist and co-founder of Quibdo. Perhaps, because I got to know first-hand one of the biggest frauds that have been done to the nation when the foreign gold and platinum mining companies withdrew and left pension charges to retirees and workers from Chocó.- Álvaro Uribe Vélez, former president of Colombia.

-Positive discrimination is still discrimination! It’s in the name!- David Osorio.

References

National Day of Afro-Colombianity: being black is being Colombian. Recovered from eluniversal.com.co.
Why is May 21 Afro-Colombianity Day? Recovered from lamanoamiga.com.co.

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