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Este video realizado por la Casa de la Cultura Afrouruguaya protagonizado por personalidades de la vida cultural, política y deportiva del Uruguay. El objetivo: reunir firmas a través de borremoselracismodellenguaje.com para enviar una carta solicitando a la Real Academia Española que elimine la expresión “Trabajar como un negro” de su diccionario. En el Uruguay la población afrodescendiente asciende al 10% y ha sido protagonista activa de la vida del país desde siempre. Sin embargo aún hoy en día continúan sucediéndose episodios de discriminación racial hacia los afrodescendientes. Uno de ellos es el ámbito de la inserción laboral, donde muchas veces a los afrouruguayos se los relega a roles y tareas de escasa remuneración y consideración social.

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The petition to la Real Academia Española reads:

There are many expressions in our everyday language that could be considered discriminatory. One of those expressions, “to work like a black person,” appears in your dictionary.

This expression evokes an oppressive past that should never be repeated to any human being.

We ask that you revise the appearance of this expression in your dictionary. In return, we will promise to erase all discriminatory expressions from our plazas, playing fields, schools, and —above all— our homes.

This video has been spreading around the internet lately, and is another example of how people can affect positive change in their language and culture.

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