Half of Afro-Peruvians have been insulted at least once on the street whereas four of every 10 have felt discriminated against in their workplace or in shops or other public spaces.
These figures are from the Center for Afro-Peruvian Studies and Promotion, which reports that despite some progress, Afro-Peruvians continue to be invisible to the government as well as much of society.
The country’s international image is tied mainly to its Inca heritage, to Machu Picchu and to the indigenous population. It is an image that ignores the diversity and complexity of the human geography of Peru, especially Afro-Peruvians.
If this population is mentioned at all, it is only in reference to music or sports figures. This is something which many Afro-Peruvians believe only reinforces stereotypes.
“When I say I don’t dance, don’t cook and don’t play an instrument, people say ‘how could you be black? You are a fake!’” said a young Afro-Peruvian from Lambayeque Department recently.