I have lived with Haitians in the Dominican Republic and I have worked with the elites in Colombia, and never have I seen a quotation quite like this by a Latin American leader. This kind of vision is incredible and very rare. I wouldn’t classify myself as a Chavista, but I have a lot of respect for the man.
“When we were children, we were told that we have a motherland, and that motherland was Spain. However, we have discovered later, in our lives, that as a matter of fact, we have several motherlands. And one of the greatest motherlands of all is no doubt, Africa. We love Africa. And every day we are much more aware of the roots we have in Africa… Racism is very characteristic of imperialism. Racism is very characteristic of capitalism. Katrina, indeed, has a lot to do with racism no doubt about it. Hate against me has a lot to do with racism. Because of my big mouth, because of my curly hair. And Im so proud to have this mouth and this hair, because it’s African.”