Racism and Ethnic Discrimination

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RACISM AND ETHNIC DISCRIMINATION IN NICARAGUA Myrna Cunningham Kain With the collaboration of: Ariel Jacobson, Sofía Manzanares, Eileen Mairena, Eilen Gómez, Jefferson Sinclair Bush November 2006 Centro para la Autonomía y Desarrollo de los Pueblos Indígenas Center for Indigenous Peoples’ Autonomy and Development Racism and Ethnic Discrimination in Nicaragua November 2006 Contents 1. 2. Introduction Structure of the study 2.1 Scope and methodology 4 7 7 3. Racism and individual and collective human rights 3.1 A note on cultural and ethnic identity 9 11 4. Racism: colonial inheritance 4.1 Nicaragua: multiethnic and pluricultural state 4.2 The historic roots of differences, discrimination,…show more content…
INTRODUCTION “Back in 1950s, my mother used to tell us that we couldn’t speak in Mayangna out loud, because people would call us ‘el sumito,’ ‘el indito.’ If we thought and spoke as Mayangnas, we could be locked up (that is what she told us). But now with the struggle of Indigenous Peoples, now with publications about Indigenous Peoples, we can speak in public in our language. We now confront, however, new threats: we can lose our identity, losing our land, our traditional medicines with the introduction of transformed seeds, and the imposition of another identity.”1 This comment by one of the subjects interviewed reveals the continuation of expressions of discrimination in the daily life of Indigenous communities in the Caribbean Coast region of Nicaragua. Racism is the
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