The Mexican government has — finally — confirmed what this blogger has been hammering for, like, ages: The darker a person’s skin, the more difficult it is to get ahead in Mexico.
A study released earlier this month by Mexico’s National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) concluded that skin color “has an influence on the level of education that people reach as well as the employment opportunities available to them.”
And that is not all. A previous study by Mexico’s National Council to Prevent Discrimination (Conapred), also showed that a whopping 20 percent of Mexicans’ “don’t feel comfortable with the color of their skin and many feel they had been discriminated against because of their physical appearance, mainly for being dark-skinned.
“Discrimination against people of brown complexion has been normalized for a very long time,” Evelia Reyes, a social and cultural history educator at the College of Mexico, told Mexico’s Animal Político.
You don’t say.
I’m no social worker or history educator and know almost nothing about research. But I’ve been watching Mexican television long enough to have an idea or two of where this whole “normalization” comes from.
Oh, and if you want to be further depressed, WATCH the video below. SIGH.
Via: El Universal