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What race are you

As long as there is a class of people in a country that earns less than the cost of living, they continue to be slaves. As long as the laws of a country are not applied to all its inhabitants, we live in a corrupted and unequal system where the privileged class has the right to be Her Majesty’s excellent criminals.

Someone, some time ago, asked me: “What race are you?” My response was: “I am a product of the clash of races that took place in the Americas.”

The person insisted: “Are you a Creole or Mestizo? You must choose one.” I replied by saying: “My father is a Creole and my mother a Mestiza. What race would that be?” The person was filling out a document that had race as a part of the required information.

Such a method is not surprising, since it is reflected on the Belizean national flag, on which there are two male human figures — one representing the Creole and the other the Mestizo community. I personally find it discriminatory. However, my last response to the person’s question was the following statement: “I am a Belizean human-being.” And as such, I am concerned because of the pandemic we are going through, as well as an “economic crisis” and the expectation of a third wave of the Covid-19 virus, including its variants.

Belize is about to complete its 40th anniversary as a politically independent nation. But it has been unable to eradicate poverty and racial discrimination, much less crime. It seems to be a good business for the Westminster Parliamentary Democratic system.

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February 12, 2021
Finca Solana
Corozal Town

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