Monday, February 11, 2019

Greg Palast - In Venezuela, White Supremacy is a Key to Trump’s Coup

Apparently after John Bolton told Juan Guaidó he was was to be the new Venezuelan President he panicked and went into hiding. So, it looks like not only are the Venezuelans not allowed to pick their own president, but the one the U.S does pick for them doesn't get to decide if he wants to be their President or not either.

Greg Palast says how the media will show demonstrations on TV of a few thousand privileged white people, but when half a million dark skinned people march in support of Maduro it is never shown on TV.  


On January 23, right after a phone call from Donald Trump, Juan Guaidó, former speaker of Venezuela’s National Assembly, declared himself president. No voting. When you have official recognition from The Donald, who needs elections?
Say what?
I can explain what’s going on in Venezuela in three photos:
First, we have Juan Guaidó, self-proclaimed (and Trump-proclaimed) president of the nation, with his wife and child, a photo prominently placed in The New York Times.
Next, the class photo of Guaidó’s party members in the National Assembly, white as snow…
…especially when compared to their political opposites in the third photo, the congress members who support the elected President Nicolás Maduro. The Maduro supporters are nearly all of a darker hue.
This is the story of Venezuela in black and white, the story not told in The New York Times nor the rest of our establishment media. This year’s so-called popular uprising is, at its heart, a furious backlash of the whiter (and wealthier) Venezuelans against their replacement by the larger Mestizo (mixed-race) poor.
Four centuries of white supremacy in Venezuela by those who identify their ancestors as European came to an end with the 1998 election of Hugo Chavez who won with the overwhelming support of the Mestizo majority. This turn away from white supremacy continues under Maduro, Chavez’ chosen successor.
In my interviews with Chavez for BBC beginning in 2002, he talked with humor about the fury of a white ruling class finding itself displaced by dark-skinned man who was so visibly “Negro e Indio,” a label he wore loudly and proudly.
Why did the poor love Chavez? (And love is not too strong a word.) As even the US CIA’s surprisingly honest Fact Book states:
“Social investment in Venezuela during the Chavez administration reduced poverty from nearly 50% in 1999 to about 27% in 2011, increased school enrollment, substantially decreased infant and child mortality, and improved access to potable water and sanitation through social investment.”
What should be added is that, even more than the USA, race and poverty are linked.
Greg Palast

Greg Palast - In Venezuela, White Supremacy is a Key to Trump’s Coup

4 comments:

Konrad said...

For Jews and Social Justice Warriors, racism is okay as long as it occurs outside UK and US borders.

So is sexism, “homophobia,” “Islamophobia,” etc etc etc.

Even Nazis are okay (e.g. those in western Ukraine).

Meanwhile right-wingers who oppose Social Justice Warriors are even stupider. (See below.)

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In Venezuela and throughout Latin America, the poor tend to have darker skin. This was a major factor behind the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920). After General Victoriano Huerta assassinated President Francisco Madero (22 Feb 1913), Huerta took supreme power, backed by white business interests. Huerta was extremely cruel toward darker-skinned Mexicans, because Huerta was himself half Native American. He despised himself. Huerta was also a US puppet, but his self-loathing caused him to go mad, such that he fell into disfavor with the USA, and eventually died in US custody.

Brazil likewise has severe race issues. Brazil received more African slaves than any other country throughout the Americas, and now Brazil has severe racial friction. In 2016, Brazilian whites marched against Dilma Roussef and the Workers’ Party for being too sympathetic toward blacks. When Roussef was deposed in a coup, average Brazilian whites celebrating having "taken their country back," only to find themselves crushed by neoliberalism.

Average whites in Venezuela will suffer the same fate.

In Bolivia, rich whites were enraged when Evo Morales won the presidency in 2006. In Paraguay, racism is extreme. In the Dominican Republic it’s even worse. Any black who crosses the border from Haiti is subject to summary execution.

The only nation in all of Latin America that is not consumed by racism is Cuba.

But again, all this is okay with Social Justice Warriors in the US and UK. All they care about is destroying straight white males domestically.

Meanwhile white nationalists are EVEN STUPIDER. They whine about Jews, blacks, Hispanics, feminists, etc., while they also attack all forms of socialism, thereby dooming themselves to oligarch tyranny.

It was WHITES who brought then neoliberalism in the first place.

White nationalists hate people like Tulsi Gabbard and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for not being 100% white. They whine about Israel, yet they hate people like Rep. Ilhan Omar [D-Minn] Rep. Rashida Tlaib [D-Mich] who openly oppose Israel, but are Muslim.

White nationalists are truly hopeless.

Konrad said...

How stupid are white nationalists? They worship Trump for attacking immigrants, even as Trump wants to dramatically increase the number of immigrants as a favor to employers and investors. That is, Trump wants to radically increase the number of H1B immigrants.

(The H-1B visa lets U.S. employers hire foreign workers in order to drive down U.S. wages.)

On 5 Feb 2019 Trump declared during his State of the Union speech that, “I want people to come into our country, in the largest numbers ever, but they have to come in legally.”

That is, Trump wants more and more H1B immigrants from India, for example.

Kaivey said...

For a long while in the UK the Confederation of British Industry, a right-wing think tank closely aligned to the Conservative Party, argued for open borders and mass immigration to bring Labour costs down for British business. And yet the right blames the liberals for mass immigration.

White is black and black is white, everything is in reverse. The left argue for fair open markets, while conservatives keep fixed and rigged markets in favour of the elite.

Detroit Dan said...

Good article! Thanks