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Chapter 2 - Racism and Anti-Racism

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  25 August 2022

Paulina Laura Alberto
Affiliation:
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
George Reid Andrews
Affiliation:
University of Pittsburgh
Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof
Affiliation:
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
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Writers in Latin America’s Black press frequently publicized and denounced particularly egregious examples of discrimination or racism, including many that involved painful accusations having to do with pernicious stereotypes about Black sexuality. In so doing, they responded to claims by Latin American politicians and intellectuals that racism was mild or non-existent in their countries, and that to speak about racism was itself racist, and would have the effect of dividing the national community. The rhetorical strategies writers in the Black press adopted included barely contained expressions of outrage, skillful deployment of irony, careful efforts at debunking, and, quite frequently, with expressions of agreement with the premise that racism was inconsistent with the local political culture.Authors who wrote about racism consistently presented the United States as a yardstick against which the existence or severity of racism could be measured, or as a source for the importation and imposition of racism that was at odds with local values and tradition.Finally, writers discussed and debated the mechanisms that should be employed to combat racism.

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Voices of the Race
Black Newspapers in Latin America, 1870–1960
, pp. 82 - 128
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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