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Re: Puerto Rico's Gift: Arturo Schomburg

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Dear Poster:

Had you read and followed my suggestion to visit the Afrigeneas World Forum concerning Arturo Schomburg, you would’ve read my correction about his citizenship. I wrote that Ms. Vazquez, a respected Puerto Rican businesswoman and historian corrected my error.

See the URL below.

As for your comments:

"Now those ludicrous assertions that Schomburg wasn't "really" Puerto Rican can be laid to rest!!! But I digress"

Indeed you do digress. The objective of the Afrigeneas Writers Forum and the posting about the legendary Arturo Schomburg, is to document and celebrate the literary community and its many connections to the African Diaspora.

Many of us, like Schomburg, myself included, have ancestors whose centuries-old heritage is centered in the Spanish Americas. Although we don't follow the popular claim of an aristocratic great grandfather from Spain, we do admire and appreciate scholars who've chronicled our ancestral contribution to shaping the destiny of all the Americas. Literary giant Arturo Schomburg was one of them.

Your remarks about “ludicrous assumptions” and Schomburg "wasn't really Puerto Rican" are troubling. There is nothing ludicrous about Puerto Rico’s Schomburg and his championing of writers, historians and artists of the Black Diaspora. Your remarks reflect a sad and distasteful chronicle of mutual distrust that continues to divide people of color. Historians often point to the "divide and conquer" tactic that was crafted and refined to a “high art” under English rule. History, Giambattista Vico explained, is cyclical. Unfortunately this type of thinking continues to pervade American and global logic.

Let’s move on and celebrate the art of women and men of color throughout the world…from France’s Colette, Russia’s Pushkin, England’s composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and author Ignatius Sancho, to bibliophile and author, Arturo Schomburg.

Your posting will be redirected to the more appropriate Afrigeneas World Forum.


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Re: Puerto Rico's Gift: Arturo Schomburg
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18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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