Latinos Explore & Grapple with Black Identity: Uruguay Parley Finds. Racism all over the Americas
by Roberto Rodriguez
Last month, as Rosa Clemente was leaving a lecture by Henry Louis Gates Jr. at Siena College in New York, two young Black men stopped her and asked why she was wearing kente cloth.
Clemente, who is a counselor at State University of New York at Albany, told them she was a Black Puerto Rican, part of the diaspora. They objected and, she said, looked at her as though she was "crazy." The difference between us, she told them, is that "My enslaver was Spanish and yours was British."
Unswayed, they walked away.
"I'm a proud Black …