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Posted by ZihuaRob from 220.127.116.11 (dup-200-65-88-11.prodigy.net.mx) on jueves, julio 24, 2003 at 10:02:09 :
In Reply to: Graciella: A Sisters of the Morning Star Story posted by Abigail from 18.104.22.168 (pcp02670191pcs.ivylnd01.pa.comcast.net) on jueves, julio 24, 2003 at 00:01:01 :
Thank you very much for sharing this with us, Abigail. You have written well something that words rarely embrace, and echoed sentiments from my own heart. Graciela's is an unfortunately common plight here. And matters for Mexico's indigenous people have only been made worse by their political exploitation added to their social ostracism, neglect and abandonment.
They attempt to escape with reluctant sadness from the poverty of their ancestral villages in the Sierra only to be confronted with the new reality of beach resorts manipulated by special interests who have no place in their plans for the indigenous people except to reap their votes at election time and perhaps use them as servants and peons.
In certain regions in the mountains of Guerrero the army and paramilitaries terrorize villages, apparently trying to run the people off from their lands so that the land can be exploited by people with power and money and no love in their hearts. In other regions they are terrorized by extortionists, criminals, police and caciques, while behind the Thousand Promises of every politician, after the election, the indigenous people remain forgotten, unprotected and threatened by the greed and ambitions of those same politicians and their cohorts.
We extoll the virtues of their indigenous culture and crafts, their art and fashions, but we show indifference to their daily suffering, while all the time knowing in the backs of our minds that it was our forefathers who slaughtered, enslaved and exploited them as well as who ran them off from and stole their best lands.
Great countries send "liberators" halfway around the world, but ignore the continuing terrorism and injustice imposed on indigenous peoples by that same country and its neighbors and allies in their own back yard through the very dominance of that great country's culture over everything in its path. If they don't buy their goods then the great countries have no use for them. Altruism has no place in the political expediencies of the great countries driven by capitalistic ambition.
If you've never read the book "Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee" then you should. It should be required reading for anyone whose family hasn't lived in the Americas for a thousand years.
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