Racial Discrimination In Agustin Laó-Montes

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In a Western society of racial discrepancies, it subsists analytical to evaluate and acknowledge the experiences of African Americans and their descendants. Within a racist society, European Americans categorize and preserve prejudice towards the African race – prejudice that belittles their freedom and rights. In this paper, I will evaluate African American’s discrimination through connections between the Agustin Laó-Montes essay and the “Black in Latin America Episode 3, Mexico and Peru: The Black Grandma in the Closet” video, assessing slave engagements, racial classifications, and concealed identities. To clarify my sources, the Agustin Laó-Montes essay exists as a scholarly journal, dedicated on surpassing the Blacks and Latinos ethnic …show more content…
In Agustin Laó-Montes’ essay, he elucidates, “The basic common ground of the subjects of the African diaspora in the Americas is subjection to modern/colonial regimes of racial classification/stratification as the outcome of a world system based on racial capitalism and western racism” (Laó-Montes, 2005, p. 121). With countries contesting for diplomatic and economic expansion, and European Americans retaining prejudiced beliefs towards “other” races, a racial classification system transpired. The classification system purpose survived to illuminate superiority within races; this stratification dictated an individual’s worth and power based on their race. To construct this system, Europeans called upon false biological “findings” to exemplify that African Americas did not scientifically qualify as a man, due to their physical appearance. While Europeans elected to degrade African Americans to another species, African Americans classification reposed slightly more appealing in Mexico and Peru. As portrayed in the “Black in Latin America Episode 3, Mexico and Peru: The Black Grandma in the Closet” video, “If you are in the cites, they stop you and ask you for your ID card. They make you sing the national anthem” (Bladeboy05, 2011). As substantiated, African Americans suffer classification and discrimination despite their locations and efforts. …show more content…
Agustin Laó-Montes’ essay rationalizes that, “Translocation links two entangled domains in the production of identity/difference: the multiple mediations that constitute the sources of the self, and the mutually determined yet distinct scales and temporalities, which configure modern spatiotemporal patterns of culture and power” (Laó-Montes, 2005, p. 122). Upon relocating from an inheritance setting, individuals will undergo an “insider” and an “outsider” impression. An “outsider” remains as an individual who does not fit the norms of that culture, whether that exposes through race, beliefs, or religion. Although African Americans did not obtain the decision to translocate, they experienced the domains of the American culture. In America, superiority delineates in three terms: European/white, male, and Christianity. Due to the recognizable differences in race, African Americans did not maintain the aptitude to conceal their identities, despite assimilation – the color of their skin dictated the treatment and opportunities they collected in America. On the other hand, the “Black in Latin America Episode 3, Mexico and Peru: The Black Grandma in the Closet” video proved how African descendants conceal their racial identity. In this film, one phrase synopses the clip: “The Black Grandma in the Closet.” This phrase amplifies

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