February 01, 2005

"The Blancoides in Discord" (translation from Spanish)

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Yet again, I want to share an article that I found through my surfing the Internet. The author calls blancoides), those people of light-skin, otherwise known as mestizos.

Translation from Jorge Ordenes' article: "The Blancoides in discord"

Humberto Vazquez Machicado, in his essay "The Bolivian Ethnic Problem (Complete Works, Vol. 5, p. 731) postulates that Bolivians "from the Hispanic man, we have inherited good as well as bad qualities. To the easy comprehensive assimilation,
corresponds lack of continuity and resistance in the work began. To the light emotionalism and sentimentalism, contrasts shallowness of the idea and the concept. Above all, we, in the little time we live in freedom, have not acquired a concrete
objectivity, which tells us that when we create something of our own and typical, it is the root of culture and civilization." This was written by the cruceno author in 1930. We can still say in the beginning of the XXI century, the bad influences of the European still linger, with malice, among the blancoides of the west and east of Bolivia, in detriment of themselves as well as everybody else.

How will this correspond to all the rushed decisions, of "easy comprehensive assimilation" with "lack of resistance and continuity in the work began", the fact that Bolivia is today poor, frustrated, immoral, retarded and with itself identified,
in function of and as a result of, the bad historical decisions taken by blancoides and mestizos, from all regions, which were not even able to maintain continuous connections between North and South, East and West? To the contrary, the western blancoide and mestizo, from their "supreme" seat in central government, neglected blancoides and mestizos from other regions; indios from all regions; and, which is incomprehensible, !neglected their own things! The worst thing is that, very often, the western blancoide, tried to save his interests by sacrificing the other regions' interests, because these were weakly organized, politically and autonomously. However now, things have changed. The fight between blancoides, mestizos and indios of all regions, is just starting. In function of these fights, and taking into account the power in play, voice and holler are granted to those who endured....scaring the western blancoides.

The Indio, from the XVI century to 1952, was the victim of exploitation by the blancoide by his own docility and resignation. From 1952 to 1985, he was the victim of politicians who used him to vote for the pink ballot and used him as a guiney pig, without even providing education or giving him the tools to march ahead. From 1985 on, the indio turns more of a victim of himself, the coca leaf, erred neoliberal policies, the neo-left, corruption and the ill informed and even
worst managed NGOs, which spread demagoguery, but are well funded. Everything, because of the negligence of the nation's blancoides. In Eastern Bolivia, the exploitation reached cruel extremes. Specially, during the commercialization of
rubber a the beginning of the XX century. Vazquez Machicado also talks about this.

To the "emotionalism and sentimentalism" mentioned by the author, correspond the tolerance and submission of the Central Government towards El Alto, the coca growers union, and to those who take away the rights of others. Similarly, corresponds the shallow "concepts and ideas", which the blancoides crucenos have demonstrated by taking the rise in fuel prices as an excuse to demand autonomy and a town hall meeting, which by the way, is far from being constitutional. It is also highly questionable, the decision of the western blancoides to allow the election of prefects by popular vote. If the blancoides (of all regions) step on the constitution: what can we expect of the rest, including the 5 million indios?

It is with all reason that Vasquez Machicado asserts all blancoides in Bolivia, until 1930, have not acquired a "concrete objectivity" of "something of our own" which serves as the roots of a proper culture. Well, for what I can see, we
have not been able to acquire it until 2005 either. Sad!

It is the failure of the light skinned Bolivian which is highlighted in this article. I you asked my opinion, I would say, WE have failed in the simple task of creating a prosperous Bolivia by exhibiting the worst of the worst the European ancestors have inherited us. With just one thing in mind, taking care of our own, we have neglected to realize the necessity to bring a better quality of life and education to every human being living in the territory. We have not been able to realize the interdependent nature of this world, and by that I mean, that different groups depend from each other to survive.

The original article in Spanish can be found in this link: