7 Most Racist Countries in Latin America

Keep reading about the most racist countries in Latin America. Insider Monkey has recently published an interesting article about this topic. It isn’t easy to speak about racism. Despite neo-liberalization and globalization, race remains an important marker of a person’s identity, and a cause of contention. The US may have moved on from the Civil Rights Movement era discrimination, but recent Black Lives Matter movement suggests that the issue if far from over and that it requires attention.

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With Trump’s ascend to the American presidency, racism against Muslims and Mexicans has grown, or perhaps been brought to the fore. Yet, America is not the only country that suffers from the epidemic. Latin Americans, who themselves are a victim of racism, involve themselves in racist practices. Legal discrimination on the basis of race may have ended in most parts of the world, including Latin America, but social racism continues.

It is not only Hollywood or the US, for that matter, that has been affected by the racism. Even people that are discriminated against often end up discriminating against individuals from other races. Researchers have argued this may be because of an innate fear of the ‘other’ which is considered as being unknown, mysterious and at times, threatening.

But what are the most racest countries?  Now without a further ado let’s see what Insider Monkey has investigated for us. We have picked three countries from their list as usual.

Brazil may not be one of the most racist countries in the world, but Latin America being generally accepting towards people of other races brings it to the list of most racist countries in the region. 1.9% of Brazilian respondents reported that they would not like a neighbor of a different race. Colombia is the second one for now in our list.  Infamous as the land of drugs and gangs, racism in the country has become an issue as well, and needs to be tackled quickly to mitigate the effects of such mindsets. At last but not least we are mentionig Chile. Discrimination against immigrants has repeatedly been reported in Chile which is reflected in World Values Survey report with as many as 5.6% of Chileans not wanting to have a neighbor from a different race.

For any further interesting information read Insider Monkey’s article about 7 most racist countries in Latin America.

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