Hugo Chavez on Racism

I have lived with Haitians in the Dominican Republic and I have worked with the elites in Colombia, and never have I seen a quotation quite like this by a Latin American leader. This kind of vision is incredible and very rare. I wouldn’t classify myself as a Chavista, but I have a lot of respect for the man.

“When we were children, we were told that we have a motherland, and that motherland was Spain. However, we have discovered later, in our lives, that as a matter of fact, we have several motherlands. And one of the greatest motherlands of all is no doubt, Africa. We love Africa. And every day we are much more aware of the roots we have in Africa… Racism is very characteristic of imperialism. Racism is very characteristic of capitalism. Katrina, —indeed, has a lot to do with racism– no doubt about it. Hate against me has a lot to do with racism. Because of my big mouth, because of my curly hair. And I’m so proud to have this mouth and this hair, because it’’s African.”

Hugo Chavez


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Algerian Brit, with some Latina in me (I once ate an arepa). Freelance journalist. This blog is my double bed that I don't have to share, where I can take all of the duvet and spread myself out. Find older blog posts at In the meantime find 140-character nuggets from me at

One response to “Hugo Chavez on Racism

  1. I absolutely love Spain; but having been to South Africa and Lesotho- I also love Africa. The things I love about Colombia aren’t the ones imported by Spanish and other European colonists, but rather the things that are descended from indigenous culture and culture of African slaves.

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