Written for a collaborative roundtable discussion with the 2020 Panoramas Interns and Center for Latin American Studies Ambassadors, this piece explores histoircal roots of racial injustices in eight Latin American and Caribbean countries, and the current Black Lives Matter movement.
During the past few weeks, Chile has been experiencing a social movement, an awakening of sorts, that has moved people of all ages to the streets to protest against the living conditions that have made this country one with the highest levels of inequality in the world (BBCNews, 2019) There are several reasons that have led the country to the current state, most of them stemming from the reforms and neoliberal agenda adopted during the dictatorship.
Since 2018, Argentina has been suffering one of the most devastating economic recessions in the world. Inflation has risen to 54%, causing the peso to lose over half its value, unemployment throughout the country has skyrocketed to 10%, and it is estimated that a whopping 32% of citizens are living below the poverty line. This rapid deterioration of the Argentine economy has made it increasingly more difficult for families to keep food on the table.
Durante una presidencia que es bien conocida en parte por la cultivación de actitudes malas hacia inmigrantes Mexicanos, dos artistas vincularon los Estados Unidos y México en una manera positiv
This past Spring, what started as student protests against the Nicaraguan Government’s negligence resulting in a forest fire has turned into a civil war. The forest fire, which destroyed over 12,000 acres of protected rainforest in the course of a week was so severe according to many due to the Nicaraguan government’s refusal to ask for aid from neighboring countries, and could have been extinguished much faster and have saved much more of the delicate ecosystem (Agren, 2018).
On July 6th, Haitians across the country were glued to televisions screens as they cheered on the Brazilian national team in the World Cup match against Belgium. While many Haitians were enthralled with the passion of World Cup soccer, the Haitian government was silently carrying out an agenda that would shake the country to its core.
After nearly two weeks of deliberation, vote counting, and recounting, Honduras still has yet to declare an official winner in its highly contested 2017 Presidential election.
Venezuela is an incredibly dynamic country. After several decades of stability, the country has been shaken by major political realignments, economic shifts and policy changes since El Caracazo took place in 1989. In that year, the population rose up violently in response to the government's economic reforms that included increases in the price of gasoline and transportation.