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The struggle for basic human rights has been a long one for the Afro-indigenous community in Colombia. Home to one of the largest concentrations of descendants of enslaved Africans in the Western Hemisphere, the country is mainly recognized for it’s infamous role in the drug trade and its star player, Pablo Escobar. But the story of its black population is a complicated and all too familiar one. After the abolishment of slavery in 1851, Colombia began pushing the mestizaje (read: whitening) narrative and the black population found themselves forced into the beginning of what is now called geographical apartheid. Racism is the literal law of the land in the country. Historically, the Afro-indigenous community lived on the coast in “Palanques” maroon communities founded by runaway slaves who waged war against their captors and lived freely, even before the rest of the country was emancipated. In fact, it’s believed that half of the military in the fight for Colombia’s independence were of African descent.

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