Make-a-List Monday: Black/Hispanic

This list is of people who are biracial and of African-American and Hispanic descent. On this entry I wrote about a missing young girl who was listed as Hispanic but “looked” black to me. Someone posted the following comment:

I just wanted mention that being Latino and looking Black are not separate cultural states. There are many Latinos who are of Afro-Caribbean heritage given that a great deal of Latin America takes place in the Caribbean and historically much of the African slave trade took folks to Latin American islands and nations on the Caribbean and near-Atlantic.

This list isn’t that long; I expect there are probably more people on Charley that meet the requirements, that I just don’t know about.

  1. Patrick Kennedy Alford Jr.
  2. Osvaldo Baro
  3. Terrance S. Bonilla
  4. Michael James Borges
  5. Devin Janelle Brown-Bousetta
  6. Kamyle Stephanie Burgos Ortiz
  7. Gebar Lynon Byrd Jr.
  8. Marco Antonio Cadenas
  9. Keyla Contreras
  10. Natasha Paula Corley
  11. Pinkie Mae Davis-Herron
  12. Nadia Lynn Drummond
  13. Acacia Nicole Duvall and Jon Pierre Duvall
  14. Sarah Raquel Elsafi and Tariq Ahmed Elsafi
  15. Youssef Nabil Elsayed Hassan
  16. Kristopher Bryan Lewis
  17. Gustavo Machado
  18. Natanalie Marie Perez
  19. Victor Leonard Richardson III
  20. Rolando Salas Jusino
  21. Abigail Smith and Isabell Lena Smith
  22. Irwin Yafeth Stewart
  23. Jocelyn Emilia Turcios
  24. Elyssa Marie Vasquez
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5 thoughts on “Make-a-List Monday: Black/Hispanic

  1. Peter Henderson Jr. April 17, 2017 / 9:30 am

    This is a not infrequent problem. Many times, people self-identify themselves based on skin tone, not their true anatomical history.

    • Emma April 17, 2017 / 7:19 pm

      In my experience, this is the most accurate when it comes to people with paler skin from the U.S. It’s pretty common for them to just assume they’re exclusively of European descent, though DNA evidence is starting to reveal that this isn’t necessarily true (https://blog.23andme.com/ancestry/our-hidden-african-ancestry/). Race/ethnicity has surprisingly little to do with anatomy, though. There’s a lot more physical/genetic variance found within any particular ‘racial’ group than between them. Population geneticists write about this extensively; I recommend Spencer Wells’s books to anyone interested.

  2. Melinda April 17, 2017 / 7:45 pm

    I am a biracial woman (black/white) from Florida…I’m often assumed to be Latina/Hispanic because of my light skin and dark hair.
    People are often surprised to find out that I’m not.

    The person who wrote that comment to Meaghan is correct. There is sometimes an overlap because “Hispanic” isn’t actually a real racial classification.
    One can be Hispanic and be black, white, Asian, or multiracial. There is also a variety of phenotypes (looks)…in Florida you will see “white” Hispanics with blond or light brown hair, you will see Afro-Latinos with dark brown skin, and the more stereotypical Latin look with a tanned complexion and jet black hair.
    The slave trade and colonization had a lot to do with this.

  3. Mia April 18, 2017 / 11:41 am

    Speaking of Hispanic/Latin, the two pictures of Robert Louie Taylor appear to be two different people. The man on the right has a “Hispanic” look about him, with a darker complexion, a curved hairline, defined eyebrows and a narrow nose. The man on the right has a much lighter complexion, a hairline that goes straight across and a much more squared-off jawline and wider nose. His eyebrows are also sparse in comparison.

    • Mia April 18, 2017 / 11:42 am

      Sorry, the first man I mentioned is on the left, not right.

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