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Ujoo,

 

Thank you for seeing me as a person.

 

It's nice to know that there are many countries in the world that are not "hung up" on race.

 

Laura K

 

I have not lived outside of the States. I have found in my travel outside of the States that race is much less of an issue. My first notice of not being Black and just a person happened in Belize. I did not know how to feel about it. In my work I help people directly and the majority of them are white. The people that I help still feel they are superior to me. Costa Rico I found on my visits to be less racist than the States. Less racism, weather and economics are some of the reasons that we spend much of our time outside of the country in Costa Rico. I hope to retire there in the near future.

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This has been a very interesting topic to follow. I have two things to add.

 

I have been in the Caribbean (Puerto Viejo)for two years. One thing I really like about that area is the racial diversity. There are mostly Ticos and Afro-Caribbean Ticos, but there are also French, Spanish, lots of Italians and Argentineans, Germans and of course people from every North and South American country. Most everyone speaks Spanish, except the North Americans. Lots of people speak English. And everyone mixes freely. Inter racial couples are the norm, not the exception. My daughter and her boyfriend are a lovely vanilla and chocolate example. The Caribe Sur (south Caribbean) is a world unique to Costa Rica.

 

Secondly, I've read almost all Isabelle Allende's books. She is an amazing South American author. In her book Ines of My Soul about the conquest and civilization of Chile in the early 1500s, she discusses the Spaniards' ethnic snobbery. Those from Spain looked down on all other races in South America. And even among themselves in Spain, the Hildagos saw themselves as better than their compatriots. These prejudices been have passed down for hundreds of years. In most Latin countries, today, lighter skin and purer Spanish blood is valued.

 

But you know what? I think you can find that in any nationality. I bet if you looked into African history you would find the same kind of thing going on there among blacks. Everyone wants to be the best, the purest, the closest to God and people try to claim it by ethnicity.

 

I grew up on the east coast of the U.S. My friends were Italian, Jewish, Lebanese, Syrian, Irish, and caucasian white. Maybe that is why I like the Caribbean in Costa Rica. Culture rocks!

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