Mexico’s Indigenous Struggle

Mexico’s indigenous people are struggling with poverty, discrimination, and unfair land claims. From Baja California to Chiapas, the country is facing a very shameful problem: 85% of indigenous Mexicans say they have been discriminated against based of their race, religion and language, this means their is a very widespread social injustice across the country. For example, the Triqui tribe are wanting land for a community in the state of Querétaro, as they feel that they are being assimilate and repressed in their small Oaxacan communities, so far, the Mexican government has not reacted to any of these conflicts and done nothing to make the situation better, on the contrary. Political parties such as the PRI (Partido Revolucionário Institucional) and PAN ( Partido Acción Nacional) and states such as Guanajuato have made promises to preserve indigenous languages and culture, but have done nothing about it, and even neglected certain communities demanding aid.

American fruit companies have also influenced the corruption that Mexicans have to suffer. Driscoll, an American fruit company, is accused of worker exploitation: women, children and the disabled work in these rough conditions for little to no money. The United States is also guilty of exploiting Mexican corn and beans, importing the produce and exporting them back to the country of origin. This not only occupies fertile land in Mexico, that could be used to feed the poor, but it causes severe “price shock”

Solutions would be to empower indigenous people in Mexico. Crafts and textiles from Oaxaca, Chiapas and Veracruz are a very effective way to employ indigenous communities, preserve culture and make a minimum  wage. There are also many charitable organizations that empower and support tribes such as the Huichol and The Mixteco and Indigenous Otomí Women  

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