jghart54 wrote:So, from what I am gathering here is that you're saying only white people are racist? Typical black American. I've lived in Peru and noticed just as much racism pointed towards myself from brown and black people. Hell, to top it all off, white Peruvians looked at me funny.
That's the problem with you and your type of people. You only see racism one sided. Whites aren't the only racist people in this world. In fact, I will be willing to bet that blacks, like yourself since you brought this to the threshold of conversation, that your more racists than most if not all whites there in Peru.
I realize the thread parents post has offended you and to a certain extent you have a point. I also want to state that as someone who apparently is a white US person you have a harder time than many people understanding the effects and the insidiousness of racism. I have experienced brown on white racism particularly in Mexico where people have a certain resentment towards us and all too often that resentment is justified. I have no doubt that you have also experienced racism here in Latin America, simple truth is that white Americans are generally treated with deference throughout Latin America
However I think we would all be hard pressed to find any Peruvian that would say don't marry a gringo or don't marry a white person to their son or daughter. On the other hand there are all too many who would make a statement along the lines of I have nothing against black people as long as my children don't marry one.
Prejudice and racism are ugly things no matter who perpetrates them and no matter who the victims are. I submit that instead of criticizing each other on our perceptions that we all join forces to make a conscious decision to fight racism wherever it exists.
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