File spoon-archives/marxism-international.archive/marxism-international_1997/marxism-international.9710, message 608


Date: Wed, 29 Oct 1997 20:29:53 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: M-I: But what do the indigenous people actually want?


On Wed, 29 Oct 1997, James Heartfield wrote:

> Kathleen Richardson, an anthroplogy student from London, recently came
> back from Costa Rica, where she was doign fieldwork amongst the Bri Bri
> and Cabecar speaking peoples of the highlands. what follows is part of
> her report:
> 

This is truly laughable. One of the reasons that Costa Rica became the
"Sweden" of Costa Rica was because it had such a small proportion of
indigenous or African peoples in relation to the white immigrants.

It is like generalizing about the Jewish question through a study of
Finnish society.

Heartfield, go do your homework and come back to us when you've studied
Guatemala or Brazil. And don't give me any of that jive about how
defending the rights of Amazon indians is the same as keeping in them in a
zoo for eco-tourists. Who do you think you are dealing with here? Sting?
Eric Clapton?

Louis Proyect




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