This session by Lucía Asué Mbomío Rubio focuses on several aspects: from the dehumanization of black bodies in the media, to the perception of black people as eternal newcomers. The session deals with the narrative of the exception, which only contemplates the possibility of interviewing black people as heroes or heroines, as the first to do something or as valid testimony only to talk about racism. We will also talk about the hypersexualization of black people, especially women, and the asymmetry in the media treatment of childhood.
The context of the pandemic has served to stigmatize migrants and/or black Africans even more, both on television and in the press, so that a section will focus on "virusnationalism". To conclude, and given that this message conditions the way in which Afro people build their identity, we will talk about the consequences of racist media discourse in this segment of the population.
About the Speaker:
Lucía Asué Mbomío Rubio. Journalist. She has worked as a TV reporter since 2005 for TVE, Antena 3, Telemadrid, Movistar TV and has recorded videos and documentary films in more than 30 countries. Author of Hija del camino (2019) and Las que se atrevieron (2017). Contributor to diverse written media such as El País, where she was columnist for two years. In 2020 she won the Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos de España (APDHE)’s Communication and Human Rights Prize.
About the Series:
Conciencia Afro was founded in the context of the Festival Afroconciencia 2016, as a group for collective thinking and action with the mission to raise consciousness within the Afro-descendant community in Spain about the need to reclaim participation in political and cultural institutions. From this position, they support independence, creativity, and the promotion of cultural and social entrepreneurs from the community.
This series is produced by the Fundación Rey Juan Carlos of New York University with support from the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Hemispheric Institute, the Center for the Humanities, and the Center for the Study of Africa and the African Diaspora at NYU as well as NYU Madrid.