Who is more racist?

23 Mar

On the same note of different expressions of racism, below is a recent article by Ramón Tejeda Read (Perspectiva Cuidadana) on the recent accusation by a UN report of racism in the Dominican Republic.

Who is more racist?

Ramón Tejeda Read

That we are racists claims a recent report of one of the organizations of the UN.
And in effect of course that we are it, in the same way, worse or better than any other society that comes from  slavery and colonialism and in which this system still persists in the cerebral structures and in our social and cultural practical institutions.

Racism and many other prejudices were part of the resources of exploitation that the white oligarches counted on to squeeze the slaves.

This system had two ideological elements on its favor:  “if we can exploit all these blacks (or un-educated whites)”, understood the oligarch, “it is because we are superiors”; the exploited black (or the Indian at some point), ended up thinking in the same way:  “if these people can do all what they want make it is because they are superiors”.

Religion and dominant propaganda were at hand to justify and to legitimate that state of things that, with time, launched deep roots in the brain of the people. We remember that arduous to determine if the natives had soul or not; if they were animals and could be treated as such, or if they were persons.

Centuries afterwards, they say that we are racists. How are we racist? This Europe and United States are in charge of measuring (our former colonizers) and their UN “technicians”.

But we are as racists as the United States and Europe. Or maybe a little less, since here yet we do not the free range of skinheads –god forbid- and American militias made to hunt black and Latinos.

But, as people say, one thing is to call the devil and another one is to see him coming. A thing is to invoke the racism and all these abominable feelings to undermine our self-estime to face our brothers, to look at ourselves with the tail of the eye, to divide ourselves and to break away still more, very different story is to point out the true causes of the phenomenon.

The reality is that the economical and social structure of colonialism and slavery they are almost the same. We have changed a lot, but mainly in our shape, not deep down. The wealth still continues in the hands of a overwhelmingly white and oligarchic, while the poverty is still black, Latin, African, Arab overwhelmingly… and enslaved.

Is it not like this?

Against who is racism directed to? Against the poor people. Towards where do the poor see as referents? Towards the rich. Who have to be the matatanes? The powerful ones.
And every now and then we are reminded of it. On “technical” reports that perpetuate the visions and perceptions without digging on the real problem, which is not other than the structure of inequality that still concentrates the wealth of all of humanity in a few hands…

In economical and social systems where managers and owners do not know any other way to solve their crises than cutting jobs, wages, reducing social investment, and disappearing educational programs that might help to overcome phenomemoms such as racism precisely, as well as  others not less important that were imposed on us.

Who is more racist? Us or the ones who still look at us from above to study us like laboratory rats? They judge us and every year and condemn us without appeal by their “technical” reports.

Santo Domingo, March 22nd 2010

Translated from Spanish by Renata Pumarol, original title ¿Quiénes son más racistas? on Perspectiva Cuidadana http://www.perspectivaciudadana.com/

One Response to “Who is more racist?”

  1. rubio 04/13/2010 at 5:33 PM #

    Dominicans are neither black or racist!!

    “estimates say that 90 percent of Dominicans are black or of mixed race. Yet census figures say only 11 percent of the country’s nine million people are black.”

    Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/multimedia/news/afrolatin/part2/index.html#ixzz0l05H43KQ

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