By Rachael Boothroyd Rojas & Francisco Tovar, Mar 24th 2017
On the 163rd anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Venezuela, Francisco Tovar, Executive Director of the Institute of African Diaspora Studies (IEA) talks to VA about systemic racism, the challenges facing the Afro-Venezuelan population today, and his new book on comparative abolitionist processes in Venezuela, Colombia and the US.
By Lucas Koerner- venezuelanalysis.com, Aug 5th 2015
VA.com's Lucas Koerner looks at the Venezuelan opposition's attempt to self-style themselves as an oppressed minority by likening their movement to the struggles faced by black people defying the Jim Crow. Koerner goes on to compare this "brown-washing" to PR tactics employed by the state of Israel.
By Z.C. Dutka- venezuelanalysis.com, Oct 21st 2014
In the shadow of Columbus Day, venezuelanalysis.com writer Z.C. sketches, through interviews, an intimate portrait of a changing people – the Pemon of Venezuela’s mineral-rich Southeastern border. Their testimonies of struggle reflect the country’s changing political landscape and highlights a stark generational gap that afflicts many of Latin America’s first nation peoples.
Almost three months have passed since an enraged right-wing mob brutally beat law student William Muñoz (30), then doused him with gasoline. It was a scene horrifically reminiscent of lynchings that have murdered thousands of Black people in the U.S.
By Arlene Eisen – Venezuelanalysis.com, May 26th 2014
Outsiders rarely visit Quebrada Fo Fa, an Afrodescendant community some 30 kilometers of unpaved road away from the main highway between Caracas and the better known coastal towns of Barlovento. On May 22, staff from the Afrodescendant Group of the National Institute of Women (INAMUJER), based in Caracas, travelled to Quebrada Fo Fa to establish ties with community members there.
By Arlene Eisen – Venezuelanalysis.com, May 12th 2014
On Saturday, May 10, ignoring the rain, more than 1000 African Descendant Venezuelans flooded the streets to mark the official Day of Afrovenezolanidad (Afro-Venezuelaness). VA.com's Arlene Eisen reports.
By Arlene Eisen - Venezuelanalysis.com, Mar 27th 2014
Racism is one of the main engines and expressions of the current counter-revolution. In Venezuela the revolutionary struggle to end white supremacy and for self-determination is slow, and complicated by white elites, backed by US imperialism, and by the denial of many that racism persists.
By James Suggett - Venezuelanalysis.com, Oct 12th 2011
In celebration of the Day of Indigenous Resistance on October 12th, the Venezuelan government announced numerous initiatives aimed at assisting and empowering indigenous communities. While such initiatives as well as rights guaranteed in the constitution have successfully come to fruition in many indigenous communities, they have faced obstacles in others.
By James Suggett - Venezuelanalysis.com, May 29th 2008
The Wayúu, Yukpa, and Barí indigenous communities who would have been displaced by the coal mining projects in their lands cautiously interpret the Chavez government's suspension of these projects as a temporary sign of relief. But their struggle against coal mining has lasted a quarter of a century and will not conclude until mining concessions are repealed for good.
By Maurice Lemoine - Le Monde Diplomatique, Jul 3rd 2007
Venezuela used to regard its indigenous people contemptuously, but President Hugo Chávez set up a constitution that respects their wishes and their ownership of land. He promised, and has delivered, some improvements in their daily lives and prospects, but the changes are still slow and hesitant.
While Chávez's strategy of appealing to racial minorities in the U.S. is certainly bold, it is hardly surprising given his and Venezuela's history. Chávez support for Venezuela's indigenous and afro-Venezuelan population has inspired not only oppressed minorities within his own country but also blacks living outside Venezuela.