By Andrés Torterola.
Yesterday, the International Day of Afro-descendants was celebrated, this 2021 is celebrated for the first time, on August 31, the International Day of Afro-descendants. With this celebration, the idea is to promote the extraordinary contributions of the African diaspora around the world and eliminate all forms of discrimination against people of African descent.
International days reflect the values that society shares. All human beings are born free and equal in dignity, rights and have the potential to contribute constructively to the development and well-being of their societies. Any doctrine of racial superiority is scientifically false, morally reprehensible, socially unjust, and dangerous. It must be rejected, along with theories that attempt to determine the existence of separate human races. The United Nations strongly condemns the continuing violent practices and excessive use of force by law enforcement agencies against Africans and people of African descent. They condemn structural racism in criminal justice systems around the world. The Organization further recognizes that the transatlantic slave trade is one of the darkest chapters in our human history and upholds human dignity and equality.
To find out the situation in Salto CAMBIO interviewed the referent of the collective Gustavo Fernández who said that the Afro-descendants of Salta are very dispersed and it is a complex community, they usually live on the outskirts of the city, in irregular settlements and humble neighborhoods, there are very few who They live in the center of the city, or they are university students and that is because they feel rejected by society, all over the world and in Salto particularly there is a strong feeling of racism and discrimination that is reflected in the lack of possibilities that Afro-descendants have to carry out university careers, it is a community that feels withdrawn but also does not have the same possibility of receiving a scholarship, as a white person does, it could probably be the system that induces these things to happen and work should be done a lot about that. Fernández was part of a process created by Mundo Afro Salto, in 2005, but there was no participation from the Afro-descendants themselves, in the city there is no motivation for this type of activities, it is thought that this happens because this is a city with a high degree of classism.
The Afro-descendant Salta is very identified with Brazilian samba unlike other places that are candomberos, but what can be seen is that there is no equal opportunity in Salto.
By Andrés Torterola.