Newsweek: The Moderate Voice: Obama: A Negro Gringo (Or a Gringo Negro)? – Semana of Colombia

Newsweek: The Moderate Voice

Obama: A Negro Gringo (Or a Gringo Negro)? – Semana of Colombia

How did Obama get where he is? There has been a debate in this country about whether Obama’s skin color is an asset or a detriment to his evident success. But in Latin America – there is a twist to this dialogue – and that is – given Obama’s skin color, can he still be considered, as they say down south, a gringo’ – which is another way of calling someone an invader from the north – or more of a Negro – which in Colombia simply means Black and traditionally refers to someone excluded from the power structure. For Colombia’s Semana newspaper, Antonio Caballero opens his examination of this sensitive subject this way: I know well that one shouldn’t say gringo’ or Negro’: these are two politically incorrect words.


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