Since I arrived to this country I ‘ve been a bit surprise about the relationship between races. Even though it is 21 century racism can still be feel in the air, mostly with a new elected president that is openly a racist an promote discrimination. While I walk through the city sometimes I wonder how does black communities deal with a history of slavery that was ended just few generations ago. How is that told and elaborate within the families. It must be very hard to think or remind that your ancestor was mistreated, abused (strongly abused) and submitted by force. Sold, not paid for their hard work, also despised by a community. Of course that is not the history of each black family but it is the story of a community or maybe a continent. I can´t stop thinking in how abused still Africa is.
 (map about the circuit of slavery through Africa, Europe and América shown In the The Skyscraper Museum in Manhattan, New York)
This map is for my just a reminder of whats going on still there. And how Europe does not takes responsibility for it.
The other day I listened this beautiful song. It was recopilated by Atahualpa Yupanqui, a very popular argentinean singer.  At the beginning he told the story of  how he listen this lullaby in the frontier of Colombia & Venezuela,  it was song by a black woman and it was part of the popular culture of the that community. It is about a slave woman that goes to work and let her kid in charge of another woman that sing this song to the baby while making him/her sleep. This song is very popular in Latin America and I is store deep in my heart, probably it is because It must be song to me too when I don´t even remember .

 

Sleep sleep negrito
That your mom is in the field, negrito
She will bring  quail
For you
She will bring delicious fruit
For you
She will bring you many things
For you

Why if the black does not sleep
The White Devil Comes
Why -zas- eat you the leg
Chacapa, chacapa, chacapa,
Chacapa, chacapa, chacapa,
Lay la ray la la la ray la
That your mom is in the field
Negrito, Working, (sa)
Working all day,
Working, sa.

Working hardly

Sleep sleep negrito
That your mom is in the field
negrito,negrito