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Andrés Bedoya Ugarteche, the writter of the awarded ‘most racist article of the year’ shows some intelligent thoughts in Peruvian program

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Call for napalm bombing of ‘savages’ wins Survival racism award

26 August 2009

An article implying Peruvian Indians should be bombed with napalm has been named by human rights organisation Survival International as the ‘most racist article’ published in the last year by the mainstream media.

The article was published in the Peruvian national newspaper Correo. It calls indigenous people ‘savages’, ‘Palaeolithic’ and ‘primitive’; says that their languages have no more than eighty words; and declares that, in the protests that have recently engulfed much of Peru’s Amazon, they were manipulated by ‘communist excrement’.

‘For those of you who still think of these ‘ethnic groups’ as ‘good’, ‘naïve’ and ‘pure’, I will remind you that it was these same people who perfected the art of shrinking the heads of their enemies and wearing them on the belts holding up their loincloths. If the ‘natives’ didn’t shrink the heads of the policemen they killed (in the recent protests) and eat their remains, it was only because there wasn’t time.’

The article also attacks three indigenous congresswomen, ridiculing their names and referring to them as the ‘three starlets in the parliamentary sewers’. Its response to the indigenous protests against the exploitation of natural resources on their land is: ‘Get f****d, loincloths and all’. The penultimate sentence is: ‘I don’t know what keeps the president from providing the air force with all the napalm necessary.’

The ‘most racist article of the year’ award is part of Survival’s ‘Stamp it Out’ campaign which aims to challenge racist descriptions of indigenous peoples in the world’s media. The winner receives a certificate inscribed with a quotation from Lakota Sioux author Luther Standing Bear: ‘All the years of calling the Indian a savage has never made him one.’

Stamp it Out is supported by eminent journalists such as the BBC’s World Affairs correspondent John Simpson, George Monbiot, John Vidal, and best-selling authors Tim Butcher and Simon Garfield.

Survival’s director, Stephen Corry, said today, ‘This article makes depressing reading for anyone who thinks newspapers should educate and inform their readers. We hope the publicity this award receives will make the paper think twice before printing such offensive rubbish again.’

Read an English translation of the article

For more information and images please contact Miriam Ross:
T (+44) (0)20 7687 8734 or (+44) (0)7504543367
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1DIemlpZIk

Andrés Bedoya Ugarteche vs. an ex leftist Congressman Ricardo Letts Colmenares

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMw_ImQvaw8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qVhtGej7nM

Video source: You Tube by perumedia1

It is true that the writter Andres Bedoya Ugarteche of the ‘most racist article of the year’ offended the Peruvian Amazon natives and any inteligent human being who read part of his article shown down here, but, ideas should be discuss with ideas- Unfortunately, in the video shown up here, a popular Peruvian comedian named ‘Cholo Cirilo’ just insulted him making a joke about Bedoya Ugarteche’s place of birth that is Arequipa not so loved in Perú.

Who do you believe indoctrinated that pseudo-native chuncho1, the one wearing the ridiculous feathered hat, to organise the entire slaughter and then escape over the rooftops like the rat that he is15 (I hope the rats forgive me for the comparison)? – with the help, no less, of the Huarilloccllas and the Choquecallatas in Congress, who should be chained and thrown into the coldest, dampest dungeon in Lurigancho.16

And to add to our misfortune, all this will go on . . . and on. I don’t know what keeps the president from providing the air-force with all the napalm necessary.

1 Offensive Spanish slang used to refer to indigenous people in the Amazon.

15 A reference to AIDESEP’s president, Alberto Pizango who, following the violence in Bagua, has been charged with ‘sedition and rebellion’ and has sought asylum in Nicaragua. 16 A prison in Lima.

The good thing Bedoya Ugarteche said was he did mention the word napalm cause was angry for the events happened in Bagua where natives killed policemen. On the other hand to be racist today means to be stupid since every race is mixed with some other, there is no one ‘pure’. It would be as humans were dogs asked for pedigree.

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I just read the English translation of the offending article, footnotes and all. Whoever did the translation has absolutely NO sense of humor! Do we really need to be told that head shrinking “is no longer practiced in Peru”?

The translator also took Bedoya’s column seriously! I personally don’t like Bedoya’s article. Is it offensive? Yes, it is. But it should be taken for what it is: comedy. His reference to napalm, for instance, may be in bad taste, or you may not find it funny, but it was certainly not meant to be taken seriously.

Why is it that the PC crowd has no sense of humor whatsoever?

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