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Silent Racism and Intellectual Superiority in Peru
A discussion about something as sensitive and subjective as classism is worth being approached without the use of stereotypes and generalizations, or by smacking each other over the head with textbooks, or worse still, 20 year old journal articles we need to pay for.
So, how about we get back to the question “Why is it that Peruvians don't want to talk about classism?” Well, for starters, I think it is a misleading question. In fact, you can easily find Peruvians who will talk to you about classism when you engage them without rencor or judgement. Ask them and you will hear all kinds of different and sometimes conflicting views and opinions, and they will all be naturally subjective to their experience. But the one view that most of them agree upon is that social change is happening very quickly, with or without the discussion. The reality today is very, very different than it was a few decades ago.
Open your eyes and you will see that Peru is full of millions of people who are pushing and breaking the boundaries of classism a million different ways. Through personal action, through education, through position in their workplace. This country is changing, and fast, including views on class and race - not to mention views on religion, gender, politics, corruption, and how to run an economy. Many of these changes to the traditional power structure that supported classism was (and still is) driven by the shift of millions of people from rural areas into the cities over the past 40 years, and the subsequent birth of their second and third and fourth generations. "Lima is Peru” and you can find a reflection from every corner of the country in the eyes and the faces of its citizens.
Talks about class aren’t part of the narrative, not because people "don't" talk about it, but that it is becoming a moot point. People are busy building businesses, trying to find work, finding work, accumulating assets, and educating their children. Look around you, education is booming, races are mixing through marriage, racist attitudes are now publicly rejected in the sphere of media and government, and classist pretentions are increasingly seen as irrelevant and shallow.