Comunidad Negra Africana y Afrodescendiente en España (CNAAE, Black African and Afro-descendant Community in Spain) is an association devoted to entering the political framework to eradicate structural racism and promote recognition, justice and development for black Africans and Afro-descendants living in the country.
As you can see, the black African and Afro-descendant community in Spain has been lobbying for years to ensure that our rights are guaranteed. However, we have found a political class that ignores our demands, distorts them, or they get lost in the gesture politics that does not bring any structural change.
Any legislation, public policy or measure against racism that is carried out must include the participation of black African and Afro-descendent organizations.
Once again, we come together to express our full support for George Floyd’s family and the entire black community in the United States that is taking to the streets screaming “no justice, no peace.”
“Afro-descendent: a person of African origin living in the Americas and in all areas of the African diaspora as a result of slavery.”
In June 2019 rallies were held in Madrid, Bilbao, Barcelona, Murcia, Málaga, Zaragoza, Mallorca, Canary Islands, Tarragona, Valencia, Córdoba, Rota, Sitges, Lleida, Granollers, Salt, Olot and Vilafranca del Penedés to condemn the racist murder of our brother George Floyd by Derek Chauvin, a white supremacist of the Minneapolis (Minnesota) police force.
We, the black African and Afro-descendant community in Spain, believed that it was necessary to give a strong response to the historical and structural violence to which black people are subjected in the United States. However, anti-black institutional and social racism is not only happening in the US. In different parts of the world, we see how it threatens black lives with physical murder and, indirectly, with structural poverty, labor exploitation, and a lack of opportunities.
This platform was created because the situation of the black community in the world is a direct legacy of the period of slavery, kidnapping and trade of black people, of colonialism and neo-colonialism. And Spain is no exception. The black African and Afro-descendant community in Spain has been advocating for years for our rights and we thought it was convenient to create this association to fight for them.