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Full Episode: Mexico & Peru: The Black Grandma in the Closet

I haven't watched this yet, but thought it was something good to post. I recall working with a Mexican woman who's often talk about how much pride she had in her people and she's highlight the "strong, rich blood" that came from the mixture of Spanish and indigenous.

I let her say that several times in my presence and then, one day, in private, I asked her why she never mentions the African blood that runs through the blood of the Mexican people. She acknowleged and then, at least in my presence, started mentioning the African blood too.


In Mexico and Peru Professor Gates explores the almost unknown history of the significant numbers of black people—the two countries together received far more slaves than did the United States —brought to these countries as early as the 16th and 17th centuries, and the worlds of culture that their descendants have created in Vera Cruz on the Gulf of Mexico, the Costa Chica region on the Pacific, and in and around Lima, Peru. Watch full episode.

Watch Mexico & Peru: A Hidden Race on PBS. See more from Black in Latin America.


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