His quest is quixotic, but the visibility his ambition brings to Nicaragua’s long-marginalized Afro-descendant population may help to shatter long-held prejudices against his community. Nicaragua’s Black community represents about 9 percent of the population, but as in many of the countries in the region, their political demands are largely ignored. The majority of Nicaragua's economic hubs and big cities, including the capital Managua, are along the western coast of the country. Now, we’re breaking the stereotype.”“There is racism against the Black population. “He couldn't swim, and the police officers jumped in a small speedboat and they literally watched him drown,” Henríquez said.