Born in the land of The Tango:Identity, Family, and Healing

6 Mar

On a You Tube video, a young Afro-Argentine guy  mimics a strong Argentine accent which is said to be close to the Italian speech patterns, or Spanish spoken with an Italian accent. The young guy laughs and repeats the litany In Argentina, there are no blacks, but I am an exception to the rule.  It appears the younger generations of black Argentines have experienced an awakening of black consciousness and today they are more apt to poke fun at the absurdity of denying their roots, or expressing shame over it. For example, my parent’s generation born in the late 20’s and early 30’s in Argentina, seemed to be brainwashed to lean towards their white, European roots. Further, they passed their bigotry down to their children. Even after civil rights, when my family lived in the United States, I was not allowed to have black friends. At the time, I was in grade school and lived in New York City, a virtual melting pot.  With regards to my parent’s behavior, I can only conclude as Alfred Adler, a psychiatrist expounded, everyone has feelings of inferiority;  somewhere deep within the levels of their minds, my parents knew they descended from indigenous and African roots, and their denial of that reality caused them to feel inadequate as human beings.

I’m dedicating my narrative to persons who have ever been forced to deny their cultural roots and to share the value of honoring the multi-faceted aspects of one’s identity.

My book Born in the Land of the Tango: A Memoir about Identity, Family, and Healing will be released soon. The purpose of this blog is to share insights about all three aspects of my book: isssues related to mult-cultural families, identity politics, and healing from having descended from persecuted groups.


3 Responses to “Born in the land of The Tango:Identity, Family, and Healing”

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  2. Antoinnette April 28, 2011 at 12:08 am #

    Thank you for sharing your story. It amazes me how few people are aware of this part of Argentina’s history. My parents are from Haiti and I have heard this story too often. Thank you again.


    • ONealMedia April 28, 2011 at 1:48 am #

      Hi Antionette,
      I really appreciate your feedback. So true- how few accept or are aware of this dark side of Argentine history. Most do think of Argentina as the “land of the tango”- (and it is so- but they forget that the music was influenced by African rhythms)- Argentina is also a place of great injustices.
      Stay in touch!

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