I am an African American american leaving for Argentina in September. I will be spending six months there. I was worried about feeling alienated there because I am black or not being able to make friends. Are there any other black woman on here that have been to Argentina that can share there experience? Does anyone know how black woman are treated in Argentina?
As a local, I can tell you that you can come without worries.
It's real that we don't count with many black people in our population (in the colonial times, because of yellow fever, many of them --slaves at this time-- died; and many others migrated to Uruguay).
But many locals use to spend holydays in Brasil, so we are friendly with black people as they are with us there.
I think only a few very low level people can discriminate you, but nobody can be free of this. I was discriminated when I was in Peru because I'm blonde.
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Thanks for your post. I'm a local but not an Afroargentine woman, all the same I hope I can be of help by telling you a bit about Argentine people.
This is a multicultural country featuring lots of influences and cultural backgrounds. Argentines are very friendly with visitors always willing to know them and learn about their cultures, societies and ways of life.
I work with lots of tourists and non of them had any inconvenience, regardless the color of their skin, religion or aesthetics... we are a melting pot.
Argentine men are very much like Italian men in the sense that they courtship women and try to be chivalrous and some women find this a bit annoying...
But all in all I think you will find yourself very at ease in this cosmopolitan metropolis with lots of people to meet, chat, and enjoy the culture...
I hope I was of help, cheers from lovely BA,
Funny how the topic comes up twice within three months time. Although I'm white myself, my experiences with the Argentines, esp. the Porteños is that they are warm, outgoing people, who just love to have a chat with foreigners of whatever kind. Even though the Euro-argentines (those of Spanish descent) generally seem to feel hugely superior over everyone else (there's a fair body of literature on this; actually quite interesting), you as a foreigner will most probably be treated courteously.
I agree on the fact that porteños are warm and outgoing people, and the fact that we're currently undergoing such a strong tourism flow is always an aid in broadening the minds...
On the other hand, I would like to say that while indeed some Argentine might be snobs and stupidly egocentric, I don't agree with the description of all Argentines feeling hugely superior...
cheers, Bob Frassinetti. Buenos Aires, Argentina
I am brazilian , white . I know argentines that live in Brazil , they are a bit offensive talking about black people , but chat with them normal .
In chat rooms of argentina i tryed to talk to them and said i was brazilian , we were arguing about football so i tryed to irritate them , and then they started calling me "negrito" like i brazil had only black people . I found that kinda racist.
I am sure they arent this way , because like all countries there are good and bad people .
It was just my point of views .Good luck.
Im a black woman and I spent a bit more than a month in Argentina and I only heard one racist comment during my time there. And that was from an obnoxious man. The rest of the time people welcomed me with open arms. Dont worry about racism in Argentina. Seriously.
Shroom thank you for sharing your experience!!