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We are majority

Carlos Cordero writes in El Deber:

We are majority

Carlos CorderoThe final 2012 census data is made public nine months after the socio-demographic information was retrieved and quickly caused controversy along and across the country, as well as confusion in our leaders and all kinds of babbling in Indigenismo ideologues.

While the country reacted outraged by government inefficiency in the planning, implementation and communication of census results, State officials were participating in the anti-imperialist international meeting in Cochabamba. Despite the strenuous efforts made by the Ministry of Communication to highlight the conclusions of this meeting, the speeches that extolled to the paroxysm the continental spirit of President Morales and the messianic role of indianism were clouted by the quiet and forceful rejection of more than 4 million Bolivians to self-identify or recognize a sense of belonging to a nation or indigenous people stipulated in the Constitution and in the census.

These 4 millions of voices, among which I include myself, we proudly recognize as Bolivians over any ethnic particularity, identification that always had  a racist and discriminatory stench. In the 2001 census, I was one of many Bolivians who innocently identified myself as one of the three ethnic groups that appeared as options in the questionnaire of that time: Aymara, Quechua or Guarani. Because of the answers that were given, it was wrongly concluded that Bolivia was a country of indigenous majority and white minority.

Over a decade, the data from the identification to one of the three ethnic groups were used to build the indigenous myth that justified and legitimized the insurgency of influential rural organizations, a political party led by an indigenous, a Constitution and a state clearly inclined to indigenous sectors. That myth was shattered with the 2012 census, with the major collective rejection of more than 4 million Bolivians over the age of 15 years, which we chose, and we feel so Bolivian and as owners of our history, culture, religion and territory as any other citizen who had been born in these latitudes.

Bolivians are the majority and we have left evidence of our rejection of those discriminatory attempts of the plurinational State

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