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    ^ lynx ^

    Mexico: Inferiority complex in the ex-colonized populations.


    The process of colonization begins with the physical occupation of land and the domination of the Indigenous people. Following the primarily physical aspects of colonization (ie. Military conflict, relocation, etc.) non-physical methods are applied. These include what could be called mental aspects. Religious indoctrination, cultural, social and economic assimilation are common examples. Therefore it could be said that colonization is comprised of two primary aspects - physical and mental.

    Prior to colonization Indigenous peoples were free and sovereign nations. Through colonization Indigenous people are deprived of their freedom and live in an oppressed situation. In order to be liberated from this oppressive state the process of colonization must be reversed. That is, it must begin with the mental aspects and move towards the physical.

    Colonization is always destructive. This destruction becomes internalized within the Indigenous person. Some basic characteristics of this are:

    1. Internal violence and aggression
    Anger and violence directed toward oneself, one another and
    family/community. This includes rape, murder, assault, sexual abuse of children, suicide, etc. The irrational violence within the colonized Indigenous person results from the oppressed conditions that colonization imposes upon people. (ie. Poverty, loss of identity, breakdown of family and nation structure, etc.) Some of this comes from specific methods used by the colonizing nation, for example Residential schools, the reserve system, etc.

    2. Individualism - self interest
    With the breakdown of the nation and the family, fragmentation and competition has come to replace the sense of unity, community and togetherness that was once the basis of Indigenous society.

    3. Neglecting one's culture - assimilation
    A key tactic if colonization is to portray the Indigenous culture as negative and irrelevant to (modern) society. Once this belief is entrenched within the Indigenous person they have no alternative but to assimilate and conform to the colonialist society.

    4. Inferiority complex - identity crisis
    The objective of the colonialist is to have the Indigenous person believe that there is little or no positive aspects within the Indigenous culture. Physical and mental domination, constant negative portrayals of Indigenous people and history, and white supremacist attitudes plat fundamental roles in the creation of the Indigenous inferiority complex. The indigenous person begins to question their identity and becomes caught between the historical concept of the traditional Indian and present day reality. "Who am I?" "What does it mean to be an Indian?" Major contributing factors to these questions are Residential/public schools, fostering of Indigenous children, inaccurate histories, centralization in urban areas, loss of language and culture.

    5. Abandoning of traditional territories
    Colonization creates a feeling of Indigenous dependancy on colonially established towns (reserve - towns) and cities. In order to benefit from colonial programs and institutes Indigenous people must migrate to these areas and leave their traditional territories. The act of relocating and isolating Indigenous people into the reserve areas is a tactic used to force the people away from the majority of their territory. This allows the colonial state to assume jurisdiction over lands that were once controlled by Indigenous Nations. It also removes the Indigenous people physically to accommodate the establishment of settler communities and resource extraction. The current BC Treaty process is a way of legally entrenching, and acquiring consent for an agreed upon abandonment and surrender of traditional territories.

    Decolonization, as mentioned earlier, is the act of reversing the process of colonization. It can be said that decolonization is constructive rather than destructive. the following methods of decolonization are aimed at reversing the destructive effects of colonialism that have been described above.

    1. Raising the consciousness of the oppressive state that Indigenous people live in by exposure to a more realistic account of history and identifying an enemy that's creating and maintaining that oppression. An effective strategy can include proper counter-action methods such as: educating oneself and serving as an example for others, advocating sovereign Indigenous rights, and exercising and defending those rights and traditional territory. These activities provide experiences that instill a sense of purpose by involving people in actions that make a positive contribution to their communities and ultimately to their sense of self. Individual, family, then community healing must occur. During this healing process, irrational violence and aggression is dissolved and a more purposeful facet may be identified to vent negative feelings that remain from colonization.

    2.Understanding you are a people and a Nation sharing the same ancestry. During the early steps of recovery, unity and togetherness play a vital role in the strengthening of the family and community units. An Indigenous person who is conscious of their oppressive history is also aware that they are not alone. The individualistic attitude introduced through colonization subsides to the Indigenous natural inclinations of caring and supporting one another. Self-interests also deteriorate and communal or national Indigenous interests become a key focus as a necessity in the process of decolonization.

    3. Revitalizing a sense of nationality and appreciating the knowledge and ways of Indigenous ancestry. Traditional philosophies of respect and appreciation for the Earth, life, others and oneself are positive parts of Indigenous culture that are stillrelevant today. An understanding of the negative and positive aspects of the colonial society is important and education on the negative aspects must be emphasized, while positive aspects be utilized. It must be acknowledged that all Indigenous people are assimilated to one degree or another, no one is immune from colonial influence or assimilation. While this remains as true, it must also be accepted that Indigenous culture and ways are not static. If Indigenous people had not undergone the influence of colonialism, they would not be the exact same societies as those that existed at the time of intial contact. It is at this point that the Indigenous person must learn to exist within a colonial environment in a decolonized manner.

    4. Recognizing the strength in Indigenous ways. While undergoing exposure to the truths of history, the Indigenous person realizes the fallacies and disinformation that the colonialist society circulates in regards to Indigenous history, culture and practices. It is important at this stage, to broaden the process of decolonization, to begin circulating more accurate and truthful accounts of Indigenous society. Firstly, re-education must be directed towards the Indigenous Nations and then focus may be directed towards people of other nationalities. As Indigenous people have acquired an inferiority complex through the oppressive lifestylethat they have become accustomed to, their initial reaction may be to overthrow their oppressor and gain control of the reigns. The Indigenous person must understand that the colonial society is destructive and the few positive aspects it does contain are the only beneficial components that can contribute to the process of decolonization. It is not feasible for a colonized Indigenous Nation to return to a totally traditional lifestyle, as their mentality and environment has been drastically transformed. However, an incorporation of positive aspects of (modern) society and ancestral Indigenous ways will contribute to overcoming the effects of inferiority and identity crisis.

    5. Reoccupying traditional territory. This includes establishing permanent or semi-permanent camps and communities in areas previously occupied by the Indigenous Nation and now abandoned, as well as increasing traditional activities such as fishing, hunting, and other food gathering. A primary goal of such reoccupation would be eventually establishing self-sufficient and independent communities beyond the range and influence of colonial society. From these, sovereign and free territories can be reconstructed, ultimately removing Indigenous people from the colonial society - a primary aim of decolonization.

    Colonization is constructive to the colonizing society, but destructive to the Indigenous society. In contrast, decolonization is constructive to Indigenous society, but destructive to the colonial society.

    Interesting article.

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    ^ lynx ^

    Could this be the reason why so many latinamericans can't get rid of their insane obsession towards Iberians???

    You only have to check out the internet...

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    ^ lynx ^

    Another good question would be: Is this the reason why Mexican people call themselves spanish despite being 90 percent amerindian?

    I find it very funny when Mexican people claim they are like spaniards (HERE a pitiful attempt). If you ever go to Spain you will notice that Spanish people have much more in common with argentinians than with ANY mexican. Why don't they just come out and call themselves native american? Because they are more native american than most if not all native american tribes in the United states.

    Native American from the US:


    It's like calling haitians french, it makes no sense. Mexicans are kinda to Spaniards as Haitians are to French. Mexicans haven't still assumed their true national identity IMO.

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    ^ lynx ^

    The mexican media have a huge amount of responsibility in the inferiority complex of the native american mexicans:

    Mexico Slow to Confront Racial Issues, Experts Say

    Lennox Samuels, Dallas Morning News

    MEXICO CITY—The man visiting from the south of Spain was having a revelation as he walked along Michoacan Street in the city’s fashionable Condesa section.

    “There are an awful lot of brown people on the street,” he exclaimed. “You don’t get that at all from the mexican TV and advertising.”

    Foreigners in Mexico City who look at Mexican television—or movies or magazines or anything with human faces on it—could be excused for thinking they had landed in a European city.

    Officially, Mexico’s population is mestizaje—a mixture of White and Indian, or mestizos. But the country’s political, business, social and cultural elite is dominated by White descendants of Spanish conquistadors, while mixed-race, indigenous and Black people generally are relegated to supporting roles in society.

    Mexico has taken major steps toward democracy but lags significantly on civil rights, analysts say. The nation, they say, harbors racism and is years away from addressing it because few in positions of power understand or even acknowledge the situation, and many of those affected by it have long accepted the status quo.

    But Indian activist Abel Barrera said indigenous people have long been at the bottom of society.

    “They are considered second-class persons,” said Barrera, director of the Human Rights Center in Tlapa, Guerrero. “Throughout history, they have been stigmatized for their languages, religious expressions and culture.”

    In a speech recently, Fox sought to embrace the Indians.

    “Cultural diversity of the indigenous people is an essential part of our national being and enriches us as a nation,” he said. “The indigenous people in Mexico are not part of the past; they belong in the present, and together we are building the future.”

    Neither he nor any other top official has made such a statement about Black people. No one even has a firm idea how many Blacks there are in the country, although the government estimates 500,000 Afro-Mexicans live along the Costa Chica, which covers the states of Guerrero and Oaxaca.

    Most history textbooks have little if any reference to Mexican Blacks, who were brought into the country by the Spanish. Sintesis de la Historia de Mexico (Synthesis of Mexico’s History), a textbook used in junior high school, devotes less than one of its 405 pages to Black Mexicans.

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    ^ lynx ^

    If you are not going to comment about the topic, please leave out.

    Being mexican you should be more concern about racism and endophobia in your country.

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    This sort of discussion is going nowhere. There has been enough arguments between Spaniards and Mexicans lately. I am closing this thread. Please don't start another one of the same kind.

    Just my two cents though to explain why it is a pointless debate.

    Mexicans (or citizens other Latin American countries) could see Spain as the nation that colonised it, therefore as the aggressor. Spaniards could reply that the Spaniards who participated in the colonisation process actually left Spain to settle in the Americas, and that therefore their descendants are exclusively Americans today. However, neither is totally true or false. Not all conquistadors, adventurers or colonisers stayed in America. Some made a fortune and went back to Spain to spend it. But most did stay and, in many cases, take local wives.

    Therefore a lot of modern Mexicans (or Colombians or Peruvians) have mixed European and Native American ancestry. They could have mixed feelings about it, but they wouldn't be alive today if history hadn't happened exactly the way it did. This is true for everybody in the world. A very little change of events can have dramatic consequences on the unfolding of future events, with effects building up over time.

    Not everybody in Latin America is a mestizo either. There are Mexicans who are 100% of European descent, although they are a minority. I don't see the point of Spaniards in arguing about skin colour or ancestry being different from Latin Americans, since there are Latin Americans who are just as genetically Spanish/European as themselves. And there are Black Africans who have come Spanish, or French or British in Europe. Just look at the French national football team; half of them are black ! If you made a weighed average of ancestry by national football team, many Latin American countries would be more European than the French or some other European teams. So posting pictures of sport teams is also irrelevant to show what people look like in a country, as one can also cherry-pick photos on the Internet. So whatever the argument, I don't see what is trying to be proven and anyway it is bound to go in circles.
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