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The myth of racial democracy’s basic premise was that blacks achieved great things in Venezuela only as they whitened themselves and their offspring. Racial democracy then, was not the absence of prejudice, but was simply the license to transform one’s ethnic identity. The mestizaje myth, the privileging of the Spanish and Indian heritages in Venezuela, Mexico, and Argentina among other Latin American countries has forced Afro-Latinos to reinvent their own identities in order to find a footing in these nations.
Hence Eriksen’s argument to the effect that every society is a more or less successful melting pot where diverse populations are merged, acculturated and eventually assimilated at different rates and in different ways, depending on their place in the economic and political hierarchy, (Eriksen’s, 1993). However, unlike the Canadian, British, German, and French societies, 30 African Minorities in the New World among others, which are rooted in history as a basis of legitimacy, American society is said to be defined by ideology.
For example, “La Bamba,” the famous Mexican folk song has been traced to the Bamba district of Angola. By 1810, Afro-descendants in Mexico numbered roughly 500,000, slightly over 10 percent of the population, yet by 1895 they had more or less vanished from Mexico. 20 Trentini (2005) notes further that walking the streets of major Latin American cities you cannot escape the billboards, the ads, newspapers and magazines portraying a surreal continent that is strangely white, middle class, North American, and European, (Trentini, 2005).
African Minorities in the New World (African Studies) by Toyin Falola, Niyi Afolabi