Latin America has light-skinned racists too.

Patricia Linderman,
Mexico.

I’m the spouse of a US diplomat, and we have lived in four Latin American countries for a total of 11 years. We have sometimes seen strong discrimination and heard ugly remarks against people in these societies with darker skin color. It is definitely not just a U.S. and European problem. Besides the fact that the concept of “race” is biologically nonsense, it is misguided to lump Hispanics together as one “race.” There are rich “white” Hispanics and poor “black” and “Indian” Hispanics, and everything in between. They also do not share the same culture, any more than a person from India and someone from Australia do because they both speak English and have historical ties to the British Empire.

 

Latin America has light-skinned racists too.

Patricia Linderman,
Mexico.

I’m the spouse of a US diplomat, and we have lived in four Latin American countries for a total of 11 years. We have sometimes seen strong discrimination and heard ugly remarks against people in these societies with darker skin color. It is definitely not just a U.S. and European problem. Besides the fact that the concept of “race” is biologically nonsense, it is misguided to lump Hispanics together as one “race.” There are rich “white” Hispanics and poor “black” and “Indian” Hispanics, and everything in between. They also do not share the same culture, any more than a person from India and someone from Australia do because they both speak English and have historical ties to the British Empire.

Latin America has light-skinned racists too.

Patricia Linderman,
Mexico.

I’m the spouse of a US diplomat, and we have lived in four Latin American countries for a total of 11 years. We have sometimes seen strong discrimination and heard ugly remarks against people in these societies with darker skin color. It is definitely not just a U.S. and European problem. Besides the fact that the concept of “race” is biologically nonsense, it is misguided to lump Hispanics together as one “race.” There are rich “white” Hispanics and poor “black” and “Indian” Hispanics, and everything in between. They also do not share the same culture, any more than a person from India and someone from Australia do because they both speak English and have historical ties to the British Empire.

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