There’s a Petition to Include the Word ‘Afro-Latina’ in the Dictionary

Oct 30, 2018
2:03 PM

A woman during a festival in Cali, Colombia. (Photo by Luis Robayo/AFP/Getty Images)

A petition has been created to include the word “Afro-Latina” in the dictionary. Poet Melania-Luisa Marte started the petition in hopes of bringing more visibility the term.

The suggested definition of the term as it appears on the petition is as follows:

“Af·ro | \ˈa-(ˌ)frō \ La·ti·na /ləˈtēnə/
1: a woman or girl who is a native or inhabitant of Latin America of African ancestry.
2: a woman or girl of Latin American origin with African ancestry living in the U.S.”

It is surprising that the term isn’t already in the dictionary given that variations of Afro-Latino have been used (at least in academia) since as early as the 1960’s.

Also, in the middle of the beef between Cardi B and Nicki Minaj, a small but important exchange happened: Marte caught the attention of and asked them to include “Afro-Latina” in the dictionary. They said they’d pass it along to reviewers.

You can find the petition here.