|AfroColombians can be journalists and student activists, |
but are rarely portrayed as such by the media.
"I don't enter the (city) blocks full of blacks ever since I saw how they planned to mug a girl who'd just gotten off of a bus..." said a man who requested anonymity.
'Fear and frustration rule in the the 10 neighborhoods where most Afros are concentrated.'
In the black neighborhoods "One has to walk carefully because they (Afros) will force you against
the wall and attack you; they'll steal all you have."
Residents of black neighbhorhoods are also generally dishonest, adds a taxi driver: "They like to fight; they don't pay for the ride, and even end up breaking the (car) windows or pulling out a knife."
Those are just some of the quotes and commentaries from an article the other day in El Tiempo, which
|Afro-Colombian girls on their way to or from school.|
The story also neglected to mention that, of the many poor and dangerous Bogotá neighborhoods, only a few are predominantly Afro. For example, the dangerous and violent central Bogotá neighborhoods like Egipto, Las Cruces y San Bernardino are overwhelmingly by white and mestizo.
|An AfroColombian univesity student |
doing a presentation about a Bogotá business.
El Tiempo's story also perpetuates stereotypes by portraying AfroColombians as examples of poverty and crime. Even when the media portray black Colombians positively, it often still means stereotypes: as dancers, musicians or athletes. But AfroColombians also study, start businesses and hold down 'normal' jobs. But because such images don't play into established stereotypes, they're more difficult to portray.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours