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Links 1 through 3 of 3 by Latoya Peterson tagged venezuela

"[T]he egalitarian spirit of the War of Independence and the Federation Movement expresses itself in a number of ways and serves as a catalyst for vengeance, permeating new ideas of liberalism that substituted monarchies, remaining on the surface as a negotiating and horizontal attitude (…) nevertheless, a closeted discrimination exists, dragging along through these years, always with a grudge that brings the injustice that makes up the redistribution of material wealth.

"Venezuelans of dark, brown and mottled skin (…) occupy the most remote places of the structural floorboard; social, economic and educational advancements reach them little by little…"

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Fascinating--if slanted--view on struggles Afro-Venezuelans face.--AJP

"For the first time ever, Venezuela’s 2011 Census will include a question that allows individuals to identify themselves as being Afro-descendent. This move came at the behest of social organizations fighting for the explicit recognition of the Afro-descendent population in Venezuela. It will better allow Venezuela to recognize its diversity and respond accordingly to the specific needs of different groups. The network of Afro Venezuelan organizations estimates that there are more than seven million Venezuelans of African descent."

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"Officials said this year that Venezuela’s tribes had reasons to celebrate the 'end of exclusion' because 'equality, rights and peace now reign.' Still, if Cambalache’s squalor is any indication, some indigenous people still face a more vexing reality than his government’s words suggest."

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