It is for me, especially when I see the 'whole picture' in Latin America.
I see. You understand the region better.
Depends from what perspective you're looking at the issue. As an Afro-Dominican, I see the Haitians as my brothers and sisters.
I though Dominicans were first in your list.
I praise the Haitian Revolution which liberated all Blacks from bondage in the entire island. Also, as a Latin American from Chile, you should also praise the Haitian Revolution, since it was where Simon Bolivar went for weapons and an army of Black fighters to secure Independence from Spain.
Yes, Haiti have a pretty good start after the genocide of those cruel white French slave masters. And Chile is paying its debt with Haiti right now, with lots of help for that so unlucky country.
What I find fascinating is that folks all over can talk about religion, politics, nationalism etc... but when it comes to the sickness of racism -- the atittude is usually that it doesn't exist, is not happening. Is denial.
Denial of what? Yes, I agree that West Indians are probably discriminated, as I saw in other posts. But I know that our societies have a lot of movility and that admixture is widespread. An intelligent person can get wathever he wants with a little bit of luck. We have Indian presidents in several countries, and even Castro or Chavez have Black ancestors.
What else do you want? Monopolize TV? That's not possible because Blacks are minoritary in almost all Latin America except in the Caribbean.
Who are the folks in the poorest section of Latin America? Color [or lack] gives the opportunity for upward mobility, as well as class, and everything else that follows....
No my friend. Is not Color. Is INTELLIGENCE what gives the chance to people. In my country, at least, which is a mixture of Europeans and Indians, there are quite a lot of Natives and Mestizos in almost all positions of life. The color of skin is only an excuse. There are lots of white people who is poor in Latin America as well. So what.
Locals share the same problems -- communities are divided by classes based on economics, and within those individual classes, you start seeing those things which are in denial in Latin America; race.
If the only thing you see is race, then you would never understand it.
The class system in our society is REAL and that's what have been figthing since the beginning of these countries. However, classes are not directly associated with classes. There are rich that are dark and poors that are white.
The problem with people like you is that you see all things through the glasses of race. You have constructed a whole theory based on race.
That way you know all the answers already. Then, why to ask? or why to answer?
In Chile, for example, to be a professional you have to answer a set of tests that are checked by computers. The intelligent go to the universities, the others don't. I think that's fair. And you know, lots of native students go to the universities, because they are very Intelligent.
That's the way to avoid racism, and to avoid excuses too.