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Most Latinos in the United States are of mixed ancestry. Some anthropologists claim that most Latinos consider themselves to be white. In reality, many Puerto Rican, Dominican, and Panamanian residents of the United States are of predominantly African ancestry. Afro-Colombian, Afro-Peruvian and other Black Latino communities also exist. In Brooklyn, New York, for example, the Panamanian community has an Afro-Panamanian Chamber of Commerce. Puerto Rican and Dominican communities typically exist in strong neighborhoods, as in Spanish Harlem, Inwood, and the Bronx, while the few Panamanian communities that exist in the U.S. are often nestled neatly within larger West Indian neighborhoods, as in parts of Los Angeles and Brooklyn's Flatbush and Crown Heights.
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