Archive for the ‘Regions’ Category

Netherlands: The Dutch Blackface and the Growing Backlash

Traditionally, around Christmastime, Dutch adults and children have donned frilly wigs, red lips, and blackface make-up as an ode to Zwarte Piet, or Black Pete, the companion of Saint Nicholas.

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U.S.: Descendants of slaves sold to University seek reconciliation

In 1838, Georgetown University sold 272 slaves to pay off its massive debts. The university received the equivalent of $3.3 million after they were sold to plantations in Louisiana.

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Brazil: Preparations for the Rio Olympics Hurt Afro-Brazilians

As host of the 31st Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro will attract as many as 500,000 tourists. Yet, the widely reported efforts to prepare for the games have left many questioning whether Rio is ready.

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Cuba: For many Afro-Cubans, Obama’s visit represents a source of pride, inspiration

President Obama’s historic three-day trip to Cuba not only marked the first visit by a sitting U.S. president since the 1959 revolution, but also represented a source of pride and inspiration for many Afro-Cubans.

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UK: Judge Suing Ministry of Justice for Race Discrimination

Peter Herbert is suing the Ministry of Justice for racial discrimination following a recommendation that he be given a written warning over remarks he made.

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Mexico: Afro-Mexicans Recognized in Mexico’s National Census

Mexican citizens may now officially identify themselves as “Afro-Mexican” on national censuses.

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Belize: Garifuna Fight for Communal Lands

The Garifuna have been threatened with the loss of communal lands to pave the way for foreign investors as US Capital Energy have worked to gain the support of Garifuna villagers.

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Iraq: Black Civil Rights and Political Group Loses Leader

Iraqi civil rights activist Jalal Thiyab was gun down in Basra, Iraq. Thiyab founded the Movement of Free Iraqis to address issues of discrimination against black Iraqis.

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Video | China: Being Black in China

A video from CNN highlights a story about Lou Jing, a Chinese girl born to an African-American father and Chinese mother.

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UK: Parliament Member Urges Increased Trade in Africa

Chuka Umunna, a member of Parliament since 2010 and Shadow Business Secretary since 2011, has indicated plans to increase trade with Africa in the future.

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