Racist, White Supremacist Military rule in Honduras

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Racist, White Supremacist Military rule in Honduras

Willie Thompson,

Professor Emeritus,

City College of San Francisco

The racist assault on United States President Barak Obama by the Honduran Military coup government ,installed on June 28, 2009, was greeted by the U.S. media with what John Pilger called “ contrived silence, a censorship by omission”. (Amy Goodman, Democracy Now, 7/6/09) The poisonous racist attack on the first Black U.S. president was based on racist preconceptions and was carried out by the interim Honduran Foreign Minister, Enrique Ortez Colindrez on June 29, 2009 the day after the democratically elected president Manuel Zelaya was arrested and sent into exile in his pajamas. The ex foreign minister is courted for his reports on the coup and constitutional crisis but avoided on his assault on President Obama. The pattern of the U.S. media is to protect the racist coup government and oligarchy.

Honduran Foreign Minister Colindres referred to Obama as “that little black boy who knows nothing about nothing. [ese negrito que no sabe nada de nada] He added, “a little black man who doesn’t know where Tegucigalpa is”. (Honduran capitol) [El negrito , no conoce donde queda Tegucilgapa. ] Colindrez and the Honduran coup government are overtly expressing a poisonous racist and white supremacist shibboleth in Latin America: that people of African descent and Africans are stupid, uncivilized and more appropriately belong enslaved on agricultural plantations. Colindres concluded his government’s racist assault by associating Blacks with queers, prostitutes and leftists. “ I have negotiated with queers, prostitutes, leftists, blacks, whites. This is my job. I studied for it. ( probably in U.S universities or U.S. military schools) I am not racially prejudiced. I like the little black sugar cane plantation worker who is president of the United States”. ( FAIR Blog Honduras 7/10/2009)

“For more than a week after they were uttered, Ortez’s slurs were a big story in Latin America and around the world: The Chinese and French wire services Xinhua and Agence France Presse covered them, among others. But besides online sites like Daily Kos and the Huffington Post, the story was mostly ignored by U.S. journalists, who otherwise freely quoted Ortez about Honduras’ coup and constitutional crisis.” (FAIR)

Congressman Donald Payne (New Jersey), the House Sub-Committee on the Western Hemispheric, expressed outrage at the coup government’s racist  assault. He was told by Lanny Davis, former special advisor to President Bill Clinton and representative to the Honduran chapter of the Latin American Business Council , that the foreign minister had been “sacked” or fired and that Colindres was a far out extremist bigot”. Payne, seemed further outraged by Davis’ attempt to trivialize and dismiss the foreign minister’s poisonous racists preconceptions and to make his views an exception. Payne responded forcefully that “he (Colindres) was hired by the same people who arrested the President and took him out of the country and that he must reflect the philosophy and opinions of the Honduran coup government. Honduras’ military government is now protected by Hilary Clinton’s U.S. State Department contrary to the policies of the Obama White House. Bernard Chazelle, a Tiny Revolution blogger (6/28/09) said of the Honduran coup, “There’s no way this would have happened if the U.S. had said no.” Chazelle also cites Honduras’ decision to delay the accreditation of the U.S. ambassador in solidarity with Bolivia” as the basis of the bad blood between the U.S. and the Zelaya government. It is also clear that Noriega, Reich, Lanny Davis and other Clintonites are using the vicious Honduras coup to attack Chavez(Venezuela) , Correo (Ecuador), Morales ( Bolivia), Castro (Cuba), Ortega (Nicaragua) and the progressive government and people of Latin America. These Clintonites, Bushites and Reaganites want another Haiti where Aristide was removed by the U.S. with impunity and where former U.S. President William Jefferson Clinton has been appointed as Special United Nation Ambassador.

Five hundred fifty U.S. military personnel are stationed at Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras. During the 1980s Honduras received $l.6 billion in U.S. foreign aid. This has decreased substantially following the end of the Contra wars in Central America. The U.S. exports to Honduras in 2004 were valued at $3.1 billion, One-half of Honduras imports. Two-thirds of Honduras export, valued at $3.6 billion is destined for the U.S. These exports include bananas, sea food, electrical wiring, gold, tobacco and coffee. This tiny country of 7.6 million people would collapse economically and militarily if the U.S. were to impose an embargo as the coup requires it to do. Honduras is the second poorest country in Central America with an “extraordinarily unequal distribution of income and high unemployment.” Its 2007 unemployment rate was 27.8%; its 2008 inflation rate was 11.8%. Its economic growth depends on the U.S. economy its largest trading partner.(2009 CIA Fact Book).

Ninety percent of Hondurans are mestizos (Amerindian and European), 7% are Amerindian, 2% are Black which includes 98,000 Garifunas, descendants of unenslaved Blacks and Indigenous Caribs from St. Vincent. One percent of the population is white. The Honduras census doesn’t account for the Amerindian and African mestizos which would produce a much larger percent for the Black Honduran population. This census error is repeated throughout the Americas thus producing a smaller percent and number of people of African descent in the Americas. Congressman Payne noted that President Zelaya came to New York to swear in the leader of an Afro-Honduran organization. He must not be too bad, Payne added at the Sub-Committee hearing.

It seems obvious that the Honduran military coup is about the United States support for Hispanic racist and white supremacist oligarchy control in the Western Hemisphere. The people of the United States must press our government to cut off private and public economic and military ties with Honduras until President Manuel Zelaya is restored to power unconditionally and without prejudice. The North American people can also boycott Honduran coffee and bananas, its major imports to the U.S.Vamanos!

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