Some of my Hispanic students have commented at one time or another about the problems of having lived in nations (or having relatives in those nations) where there is a mainly Spanish descended ruling class, a more middle group of Spanish/indigenous mix bloods and the indigenous peoples. This is confirmation of what they have told me. Being on the lowest rung makes life difficult and conveys a sense of powerlessness.
I’ll let the article speak for itself.
Indigenous Woman Gives Birth On Hospital Lawn In Mexico After Doctors Denied Her Care
An indigenous woman squats in pain after giving birth, her newborn still bound by the umbilical cord and lying on the ground. It’s a photograph that horrified Mexicans because of where it took place: the lawn outside a medical clinic where the woman had been denied help, and it struck a nerve in a country where inequity is still pervasive.
The government of the southern state of Oaxaca announced Wednesday that it has suspended the health center’s director, Dr. Adrian Cruz, while officials conduct state and federal investigations into the Oct. 2 incident.
The mother, Irma Lopez, 29, told The Associated Press that she and her husband were turned away from the health center by a nurse who said she was only eight months pregnant and “still not ready” to deliver.
The nurse told her to go outside and walk, and said a doctor could check her in the morning, Lopez said. But an hour and a half later, her water broke, and Lopez gave birth to a son, her third child, while grabbing the wall of a house next to the clinic.
“I didn’t want to deliver like this. It was so ugly and with so much pain,” she said, adding she was alone for the birth because her husband was trying to persuade the nurse to call for help.
A witness took the photo and gave%
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From the web site, Romanwolf’s Blog.
The film When The Mountain Trembles portrays the interaction between the
U.S. government and the elected Socialist Guatemalan government. In the
scene with the dinner between the president and the U.S. ambassador key
issues such as land reform, structural equality, and Unites States
corporations holding too much land and not paying taxes discussed by the
president and his wife. The Ambassador gets a very troubled look on his
face and states how the U.S is becoming troubled by their activities
and violently calls them “communists”. After the president tries to
explain how all their programs are and how he would feel different if he
spent more time in the country, the Ambassador essentially tells them
that if they don’t stop their reforms and penalties against U.S.
Corporation then there will be trouble. The scene then goes to display
how the U.S. set up a coup against the Guatemalan government in a scene
where a CIA agent says to a Guatemalan General “How Would you like for
us to help your country become a democracy?” The film then zips to
Arbenz surrendering office as the military coup moves in. This video
clearly demonstrates the reasons that provoked U.S. intervention,
nationalization of U.S. assets in the country, structural change that
infringes on U.S economic interests and political actions that make the
U.S. fear for “another Cuba” representing their wishes to deter
Soviet Communism in the Central and South America. …