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The answer to those quesions can be found at The National Museum

Who are Mexicans? Where did they come from? How are they related to Black people?

The historical institutions of Mexico appear to be on a mission to promote, display, and honor the country's indigenous population.

It appears a deliberate push back to what is seen in the real world that favors light-skinned Mexicans for just about everything.

It also appears an act of atonement, contrition for the way the Indians were (and are) treated.

For centuries before the Spanish arrived, meso America was the home of many Indian peoples: Aztecs, Mayans, Toltecs, Olmecs, and others.

What happened to them after the Spanish arrived is one of the great human tragedies of history.

 

The Spaniards became aware of the Aztec Empire in 1519. By 1521 they had conquered and colonized them. In a word, the Spanish were motherfuckers.

They slaughtered the Indians by the thousands, destroyed the Aztec temples, and used the bricks to erect Catholic Churches on the same ground, then unintentionally destroyed their bodies with smallpox, a disease that made Spaniards sick, but killed Indians because they had no immunity to the disease.

The indigenous population is believed to have numbered between 8-12 million before the arrival of Christopher Columbus.

Approximately seventy years after first contact, an estimated 90 percent of the Indian population had been wiped out by war and disease.

 

When the Spanish arrived they didn't come alone; they brought their African slaves with them, introducing Africans to the Americas for the first time.

What happened next the museum euphemistically calls a, "biological interchange." But let's call it what is was: a fuck-fest.

Everybody was fucking everybody.

The Spanish were fucking the Indians, who were fucking the Africans, who were fucking the Spanish.

The Mexican population we see today is the result of all that copulating, the mixing of three races: Indians, Europeans, and Africans.

It's that last ingredient that some Mexicans, particularly Mexican Americans, don't want to acknowledge.

 

The Spanish instituted one of the earliest forms of apartheid. The emerging population was separated into various "blends" and "castes" such as mulattos, creoles, and Mestizos (half-bloods).

The Indian and darker hued Mexicans were banished to the suburbs and villages in rural areas.

The light-skin Mexicans, the mulattos, the Mestizos, stayed in town to run the country. They became the political class and made up the "elites."

Racism or Colorism

The results of all the social engineering can still be seen today where different regions have different populations of Mexicans.

It's also seen in the media, where dark-skin Mexicans are hardly seen, except as servants in telenovellas. And in politics where no Indians hold political office.

There are no dark-skinned Mexican, or indigenous Indian politicians. No dark-skinned Mexican, or indigenous Indian television personalities, news anchors, or TV shows.

Yet, no one thinks of these folks as being of a different race or ethnicity. They are Mexicans, but of a different shade.

Mexico is very far from an ethnic utopia, and it can't be said that Mexico embraces "all" Mexicans equally.

"Present Indian Peoples are, then, the carriers of ethnic cultures which, having pre hispanic roots, have been developing under adverse conditions against Mestizos and Creoles throughout five centuries."


The sections boxed off below are text that accompanied various exhibits.

It's an inelegant answer to an ongoing discussion with Hispanics in the Americas who don't want to acknowledge their African blood line.

Should anyone disagree with any of the facts presented above or below, they should contact the curator and scholars of the Museo Nacional De Antropologia, and tell them they got it wrong.

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When Mexicans use the term "Afroamericans," they are not
When Mexicans use the term "Afroamericans," they are not speaking of U.S. "African-Americans," but the first group of Africans that arrived in the Americas with the Spanish in the 1500's - a century before Africans arrived in what would become the U.S.

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Homage, Atonement, or Both?
Homage, Atonement, Both?

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These are the Mexicans you won't see on TV, or in the political arena.
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MIGRACIONES

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The museum starts at the very begining of we homo sapiens trek out of Africa.

The museum begins its history of Mexico with the migration out of Africa. In the entrance a large map shows the routes with text which simply states: "We all came out of Africa!"

That may not be the exact wording but it's close. The museum makes it clear: We're not here to debate you. We came out of Africa, period! What impressed me was to see how Africans seeded the world.
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All the exhibts at the Nacional are exquisite both in their attention to detail, and their
All the exhibits at the Museo Nacional are exquisite, both in their attention to detail and their artistic rendering. They begin with a look at the ancestors as they appeared in Africa.
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African influence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



This shows the cultural effects of the Africans on the Indian peoples. decorating the
This exhibit shows the cultural effect of the African slaves on the indigenous Indian peoples in painting their bodies.
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I was drawn to the photo backdrop which shows how this is still practised today.

I was drawn to the photo used in the backdrop which shows how this is still practiced today among indigenous Mexicans.

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These cereonial masks show the three main groups that make up Mexicans: the
The top three ceremonial masks show the three main groups that make up Mexicans: Spanish, Indian, and African. The two masks at the bottom show the African influence in design and carving.

"BIOLOGICAL INTERCHANGE"

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"The diversity within the Mexican population is found both, in the cultural and biological aspects. At first sight, it is possible to detect variations in the physical characteristics of inhabitants in different regions of the country. In their conformation American, European, African and to a lesser extent Asian components have intervened. They, in turn, already had represented different blends when they got in touch with each other." The National Museum of Anthropology


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African American, No! AfroAmericano, Yes!

Africans in the Americas not only pre-date Mexicans, they pre-date African Americans. African slaves were in Latin America a century before they were brought to the US colonies.


AfroAmericanos
are the least visible of all Mexicans. Many people don't know they exist at all. These are the relatives the light-skin Mexicans keep "in the closet." They are not a part of the political class. They are not seen on Mexican media, except, perhaps, in a servant role on TV dramas.

They don't look happy at all; in fact, they look pissed the fuck-off!
African Americans can relate.
They don't look happy at all; in fact, they look pissed the fuck-off!
African Americans can relate.


“The original races represented by Indians, white and Afroamericans originated the upsurge of mulattos, mestizos and other blends, known throughout the Colony as castes.”The National Museum of Anthropology


Mexicans are the least visible of all Mexicans. Many people don't know they exist at all. These are the relatives the light-skin Mexicans keep "in the closet." They are not a part of the political class. They are not seen on Mexican

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