So my dear Black people there’s another country you might want to add to the ‘Places I probably shouldn’t travel to because of the anti-black racism I might experience’ list, and if you list them alphabetically this one might be at the top of your list.
A Facebook post by Femi Fani-Kayode had been circling twitter after the Iceland vs. Argentina match at the world cup – btw CONGRATULATIONS FRANCE!!!- where a black man had a conversation with an (I’m assuming white) Argentine woman about how Argentina viciously eliminated all the black people in Argentina.
The facebook post starts off with…
As I watched the Argentina and Iceland match today and wondered why there where no black players in the Argentinean team when other South America teams had black or biracial players, I remembered a conversation I had last year.
I hadn’t watched that match but I’m sure he couldn’t have been the only one wondering…I mean Brazil, Colombia and Uruguay did….so what happened with Argentina?
I asked her.
“Don’t you have Black people in Argentina?
She said with a matter of fact candour.
“No. Long time ago, after slavery, we killed them all.”
Well…there’s our answer.
She went on mentioning how she was ashamed of her people and admitted that it was well thought out. Systematic even.
“First they forced most of the men to fight for Argentina against Paraguay. They knowingly sent them into battles that were poorly planned so that the Paraguay army will do for them what they couldn’t do themselves. Kill the blacks.
Most of them died there. “
“The remaining of them they forced to live in this province were there was a plague. A disease that the government refused to curb so that it can also do for them what they couldn’t do…They refused to set up hospitals, clinics, adequate shelter, food outlets, nothing. They created the best environment for the disease to thrive. It killed the rest of the men that had survived the war.”
This is pure evil. It almost sounds fictional because of how incredibly maniacal it is…it sounds like the plan of those monsters and villains that have claws for fingers and “mwahahaha” into the dark sky with lightning and thunder striking in the background.
But it’s real…This was the life of stolen West and Central African immigrants on Argentine soil.
“The darker you are, the higher the chance they will send you to that place to live or to the war to die. The lighter skinned women were forced to sleep with the white men, so that their children are biracial, then they forced the children when they grow to sleep with white men, so that the blackness of the skin in the children became whiter and whiter until there was no longer any visibly black people seen”
So Colourism played a part in it too.
It’s dangerous for black people to practice colourism…it was literally used by colonizers to wipe you out and segregate e.g. the one drop rule in America.
Its stupid to think that you exercise the same energy of your colonizers among yourselves.
“It was so bad that blacks fled to Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil and even Paraguay where they were better treated even though not as well as they should be, like treated as human beings deserving full equality. Atleast those ones did not want to kill them and accepted to give them protection and a means of livelihood.”
Now here’s something I would’ve loved to learn at school:
“As a matter of fact in Chile, there was a city called Arica where Black people were so accepted and respected that in the 1700s two black free men, one called Anzurez were elected mayors. But the white colonial masters from Spain came six months later and nullified the elections, they were afraid of other cities giving black people too many rights. But the blacks who found succour did not complain, they sent word for others to flee Argentina and come join them. Afterall what was cancelled elections compared to death?
Wow “too many rights”…how dehumanizing. I guess we weren’t human, we didn’t deserve that many rights.
“The ones the Argentinians did not kill through war or disease, and rape and impregnate, fled the country and ultimately we got rid of the blacks”
What do you even say to this?
She continued academically.
“So although they abolished slavery in 1815 in Argentina, it continued until 1853, after that the main preoccupation of the leaders was how to get rid of the black slaves and their descendants.”
I’m assuming the ones that still looked (and were) black.
“Our president who ruled us from 1868 to 1874, Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, wrote in his diary in 1848, this was long before he became president and slavery ended that – ‘In the United States…4 million are black, and within 20 years will be 8 million…What is to be done with such blacks, hated by the white race?’ – It shows that he was already thinking of ow to eliminate black people before he became President and when he became president he succeeded”
The face of the Argentine devil himself:
“Didn’t the world say anything?”
“No. They ignored it. I’m sure most of them wanted to do the same thing but failed. At that time, they admired them. I remember when I will go to Brazil as a child, my father’s friend will say in disgust as he looked at the black Brazilians – we should have had your guts and finished them off. All of them. Make Brazil white just like Argentina.”
“And the Europeans?”
“It’s an open secret, just like King Leopold and his genocide in Congo. No one talks about it, but they know about it. At least the older ones do. The younger ones not so much. Why do you think all the Nazis ran to Argentina after World War 2?”
I was silent.
“Because it was the perfect place for most evil racists in history to live.”
Seems about right. Racists shelter racists, colonizers shelter colonizers.
“Sadly to some extent, it still is welcoming and accommodating of racial hatred, we took the Tango from the African slaves and made it our own. In Argentina, not one person will tell you the true history of that dance. They don’t want to associate it with Africa. In fact if you ask them about black people in Argentina they will tell you that there has never been black people in Argentina.
They teach them in schools. They rewrite history, they make it all white. And as I said it is all underneath the surface. They never come out and say we hate black people. Argentina is only whites or anything like that. They have just fixed the country to only be for white people.”
So that’s what they do, disgusting.
Deny it then deceive others and the younger generation of their true past and history. Rewrite it to look like there is no blood on their hands.
I looked at her friends, Argentinians like her, who were lounging on the chairs on the deck, clad in their tiny bikinis, drinking pina coladas and smiling.
She followed my gaze and the turned to me.
Don’t be fooled by all those smiles, scratch the surface and you will see that all they want is for you to disappear”.
Jude Idada Toronto.
– Jude Idada is a Nigerian screen writer, actor, poet, playwright and producer –
I, personally, will not be travelling to Argentina. Sure they may not force me into the army to die or ship me off to a province with a plague but the fact that they are still denying their problematic past and trying to erase any source of blackness proves to me that they are still hella anti-black.
They won’t even tell the truth about where the Tango came from. Nah, I’m good.
If they weren’t Racist then they’d admit what they did, be truthful about what happened and apologize sincerely because the generation living now isn’t the generation that did those horrible things so we could understand. But no, they sweep it under the rug and pretend it isn’t there.
I’m glad that I learnt this, yes for future purposes but also aside from that South African apartheid, European and North American slavery are the only black-people-in-bondage stories I know and the only ones being repeated in students ears. It’s nice to be educated on more than that.
Thank you for Reading & Godbless xx