Monday, May 26, 2014

Third World Racism: Peasant Jacinta

It is important to remember that racism is not something that can be defeated by blending the entire human species into one shit-colored mass of consumerist cattle. Case in point, Peasant Jacinta (La paisana Jacinta), a chola character played by Peruvian "humorist" Jorge Benavides. I put humorist in quotes because I don't know if his routine is actually funny. Funny or not, it is apparently racist according to this article, quoting:

Peruvian television character "Peasant Jacinta," a wide-eyed rustic transplanted to Lima, is supposed to be funny. But critics say she is the embodiment of insulting and pervasive racist stereotypes.

Nearly toothless, with braided hair, and dressed in a colorful shawl and a dirty skirt, Jacinta represents a broad caricature of an impoverished Andean woman -- uneducated but cunning, trying to figure out the urban world that has seemingly passed her by.


So, we have one brown person accused of being racist to those who are a slightly darker shade of brown then he is. But what is always ignored, regardless of how brown the critic, is that the dark, unwashed masses of this world are barely elevated above the mud huts from whence their ancestors came. Further, these unwashed masses are in constant danger of sliding back into the grunting primitivism that threatens to completely snuff out the frail flicker of human progress. When I see White people whiggering-it-up, I find their devolution worthy of mockery. It is not too great a leap of logic to assume this impulse to mock human devolution is universal, across all cultures and races, throughout time and space. Today, we call it racism. And where there is racism, there is hope.

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