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Why the first US cowboys were black

Historians estimate that one in four cowboys were African American, though you’d never guess because the conventional Hollywood image of a cowboy is a white man. Black cowboys have been written out of history, along with the original cattle-raising Native Americans and Mexican vaqueros who taught them. So what are the real origins of cowboy culture in the US? And is there more to modern black cowboy culture than Old Town Road and Lil Nas X? Josh Toussaint-Strauss talks to some of the Black riders who are keeping the history of Black cowboy culture alive

Brianna’s Mulatto Meadows ►
Larry’s Black Cowboy Museum ►
Randy’s Compton Cowboys ►

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Evoking History, Black Cowboys Take to the Streets ►

The Compton Cowboys: The New Generation of Cowboys in America’s Urban Heartland

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    Some were also Amerindian and Mestizo too

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    This is getting ridiculous

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    🙈🙈🙈🙈😂😂😂

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    History's coming out

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    I live in Oklahoma look up black rodeos…come on humans ..Cowboys aren't just of one race.

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    We wuz cowboys n shiet

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