Colombian Woman Creates “Vaccine against Racism and Indifference”
This “vaccine” is a form of rejection against all kinds of discrimination. It is a black and white sticker designed by Colombian Artist Juan Manuel Lugo, which is being pasted on cloth, cellphones, Computers and all kinds of objects and even people. It’s meant to be a symbolic tool for people to manifest against racism and discrimination. The sticker is made up of this image:
This symbol is part of the Campaign against Racism and Indifference, which is a grassroots citizen education process involving advertising, artistic, academic and community components. This initiative was created and it’s promoted by Esperanza Bioho Perea, dancer, choreographer, cultural liaison and director of the Colombia Negra Cultural Foundation.
Advertising Component: awareness messages about Black communities in the media, Institutional TV spot in the main television networks in
Artistic Component: Composing, production and mixing of the campaign’s official song: “Yo me vacuné contra el racismo y la indiferencia”. This song lasts 4 minutes and 27 seconds and it relives oral traditions of the afro-Colombian peoples. It recreates the story of the “Tío Guachupesito”, a mythological character in the Chocó region who comes to save us from the illnesses of racism and indifference. The song is splits in 3 parts: a narrative introduction in afro santo rhythm, with sounds of water marimba and marine birds, a second part in cha cha cha tempo and a final abozaho closing.
The lyrics for this song were written cooperatively by Esperanza Bioho Perea, the campaign’s general manager and singer and songwriter Víctor Hugo Rodríguez Mancilla.
Production and recording were in charge of the Colombia Negra Music Group. Mixing and arrangements were done by Víctor Hugo Rodríguez, Alex Restrepo, Esperanza Bioho Perea, Nicolás Rodríguez and Lucho Junco. Also in this production were musicians Cheo Garcés, Ferney Segura, Jonathan Ortiz, Gabriel Mancilla and Ester María Sinisterra. The song can be downloaded HERE
Academic Component: “MANDINKA BARULE” Conference on legislation, culture, participation and inclusion of urban Black communities. The “Mandinka Barule” conference revolutionizes the pedagogic paradigms imposed by the Eurocentric academy thus helping the exchange of ancient wisdom and the knowledge of science to create a continuing harmony both sectors: the Academy and the traditional practices of Black Communities in a single stage, joined together in the combined search of actions which allows us to cut the gaps of exclusion that prevent social, cultural and economic development of all Colombian peoples.
The “MANDINKA BARULE” Conference (Named after an enslaved leader who was an essential part of the emancipation battles of Colombia’s Black communities) comes from putting in evidence the need that public employees and Black communities have of having analytical Tools which allow them to improve their qualifications in order to include, decide and impact in the social dynamics of a globalized World where all matters that have to do with improving their quality of life can be settled.
The conference is open to district public employees, teachers and social leaders, with the purpose of offering, from a practical and theoretical standpoint, elements to implement actions of inclusion in the Black population into dynamics of social, cultural and economic development according to the challenges of globalization. This is intended to reduce the figures of discrimination against afro-Colombian ethnic groups, increase their level of inclusion and have more economic investments in order to improve the quality of life of Black communities in this country.
This conference will include professors and special guests both national and foreign, highly qualified and with Postdoctorates, Doctorates and Masters Degrees who will take on the following topics: historical, philosophical and cultural backgrounds, Black communities legislation, citizen’s political participation, social control, public policies, living practices and inner development of black communities.
If you're interested in attending the conference or contribute to the campaign in any possible way, please call or write us at:
Colombia Negra Cultural Foundation
Att: Esteban Lugo, Communications officer.
Bogotá D.C., Colombia, South America
Phone: (571) 2439069- Fax (571) 3367204