Black History Month: Afro-Puerto Ricans

Black History Month celebrates the accomplishments of all black people, including Afro-Latinos.

African influence on Latin American culture can be appreciated in music, art, language, and heritage; it has been instrumental in Puerto Rican culture.

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 12.4% of Puerto Ricans identify as black. Although estimates vary, most research finds that about 60% of Puerto Ricans have significant African ancestry. The same Census report estimates that more than half of all Hispanics in Connecticut are Puerto Rican, 8.1% of the total population in 2017.

The vast majority of blacks in Puerto Rico are Afro-Puerto Rican, meaning they have been in Puerto Rico for generations, usually since ...

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Record Number Of Hispanic Voters In 2020

For the first time, Hispanic voters are projected to be the largest minority group in the electorate come the 2020 elections. The Pew Research Center reports Hispanics will be the largest racial or ethnic minority group in the electorate, accounting for just over 13% of eligible voters – slightly more than blacks (32 million vs. 30 million).

There was a significant jump in Hispanic voters in the 2018 midterm election, helping Democrats regain control of the U.S. House of Representatives. In Connecticut, it’s much more difficult to pinpoint Latino voting participation, reports Ana Radelat, The Connecticut Mirror . But an analysis by the Connecticut Mirror determined that cities and towns ...

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