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Where does the nickname “Little Black Head” come from?

What exactly is a “little black head”? Since when does it exist? Classt, racial or social conflict? One of the most controversial phrases in our language.

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cabecita-negra

Let's mess with one of the most controversial phrases in our language because it encloses (the language is never neutral or aseptic) one of the most derogatory forms used by Argentines to refer to a compatriot: we are talking about “little black head”.

Some researchers say that it was originally used to mention the native Creole population to differentiate it from the Europeans who colonized us. But nowadays it spread to people in the interior, far away from the port of Buenos Aires (or the ports in general), maximum receiver of the immigration of the twentieth century.

But, as already mentioned, the term (now limited to “head” or “head”, eluding the “black”) is a strong term contemptuous. And it no longer has anything to do with racial origins, but it uses as class insult: the upper class uses it to refer to the hardworking.

In short, the term became an excellent reflection of the conflict (now called crack) between the porteños and the provincials, European immigrants and internal migrants from rural areas and upper and middle classes with workers.

Little black head: the origin

The first time it was used can be traced back to the 1940s, when due to economic and labor issues the first great internal migration of our country began, bringing many inhabitants of rural areas to the city of Buenos Aires to work as workers of the new factories that were opened during the process of industrialization of Peronism.

That is why the term also has a strongly political history: it became popularized, used as an offense, during the conflict between Peronists and antiPeronists in the middle of the 1940s, attributing the status of “blacks” to the Peronists as opposed to the “whites” anti-Peronists, demonstrating that, in addition to being mistaken, at least at its origin (today it will be necessary to see how it evolved), in addition to class, antiPeronism was indisputably racist.

Publication Date: 11/10/2019

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By: Manuel 26 May, 2020

Sin entrar en muchos detalles que los hay "cabecita negra" es la forma despectiva de definir a una caracteristica de persona no solamente por su color, su clase social sino tambien por su comportamiento que hete aqui que en su gran mayoria se amontonaban bajo el ala "protectora" del peronismo. Despectiva y criticable por su manera de comportarse. Tiene esta condicion mucho que ver con la imagen del gaucho del Martin Fierro....vago, borracho y pendenciero. Hay ejemplos que enriquecieron ese mote. Uno el de persona no apegada al trabajo (en la construccion no se le pagaba el fin de semana al obrero porque con esa plata solo se dedicaba a emborracharse y el lunes faltaba) ; se le pagaba recien el lunes. Otra, hubo entregas gratuitas de departamentos economicos pero confortables a muchos "acomodados" que venian del interior (Barrio Los Perales en Mataderos) y levantaban el parquet para hacer asados. Ejemplos abundan. No eran discriminados solo por ser pobres e ignorantes, el que suscribe como tantos otros hijos de inmigrantes habitaba uno de los clasicos conventillos de San Telmo (4 personas en una pieza de 4x4) y empleabamos el "cabecita negra" para dirigirnos a ellos. Teniamos casi la misma condicion socio economica, No solo era un termino despreciativo usado solo por la clase pudiente y aristocratica. Asi lo individualizaba la sociedad de aquel entonces.

By: Mariana 11 June, 2020

Manuel, coincido plenamente con tu comentario. Creo que el mote se refiere más a una actitud que a una clase social

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