Editor’s Note: Panamanian Attorney and rights activist Alberto S. Barrow reached out to Insight regarding a discussion in Panamanian media about whether Black girls should be allowed to wear braids in school. A child had been expelled with the argument that ethnic hair styles were a distraction from the central mission of education…learning. That thread will be presented in coming editions of Insight News and at our website, www.insightnews.com. But today, we are presenting, in Spanish and English another piece authored by Barrow: a commentary on racial profiling people of African descent experience in Panama, just like in Florida, as in the Trayvon Martin case. Most importantly this connection with Mr. Barrow has opened a doorway to an important content platform, Analisis Afrodescendiente, which we will engage to share with you issues, ideas, challenges and successes of descendants of Africa living in Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and beyond. These essays and discussion remind us and confirm that our struggle is the same worldwide: dignity and respect for our persons, our heritage and culture, and our right to full participation in the affairs of governance, locally, nationally and globally.