One of these days, Machetera is going to remember to check the Internet first for English translations before she labors over them herself. She finished this one just in time to find that Yoshi Furuhashi had already done a fine job over at Monthly Review. She’ll leave this one anyway, because she’s too lazy to reformat everything and she had a different opinion about the word “ethnophagic.”
The video attached to this article is hard watching. But it is a clear display of the moral bankruptcy of the Bolivian oligarchy, whose era is ending.
Jubenal Quispe – Rebelión
Bolivia today lives under the most cruel and appalling xenophobic dictatorship of the “patrons” (landowners/oligarchs) with their wounded demented pride. If you haven’t yet seen it, take a look at this video. It was filmed on May 24 in Sucre, Bolivia’s capital and crucible of the failed attempt at Bolivian miscegenation.
Whoever believes that ignorant racism is nothing but a bitter memory in Bolivia is wrong. A white Bolivia, created and governed by the patrons, was and is fundamentally anti-Indian. In 1825, the patrons founded the Bolivian Republic in the Casa de la Libertad in Sucre, excluding and subordinating the indigenous people. Almost two centuries later, last week, outside that very legendary Casa, in front of the TV cameras, insubordinate indigenous brothers were flogged. It was a macabre act that symbolizes the essential ethnic dispersal of official white Bolivia.