In Venezuela, White Supremacy is a Key to Trump’s Coup


12-02-19 08:46:00,

Venezuela, White Supremacy is a Key to
Trump’s Coup

Greg Palast

February 10, 2019 “Information
Clearing House

On January 23, right after a

phone call
from Donald Trump, Juan
Guaidó, former

speaker of Venezuela’s National Assembly
declared himself president. No voting. When
you have

official recognition
from The Donald,
who needs elections?

Say what?

I can explain what’s going on in
Venezuela in three photos:

First, we have Juan Guaidó,
self-proclaimed (and Trump-proclaimed)
president of the nation, with his wife and
child, a photo prominently placed in The
New York Times

Next, the class photo
of Guaidó’s party members in the National
Assembly, white as snow…

…especially when compared to their
political opposites in the third photo, the
congress members who support the elected
President Nicolás Maduro. The Maduro
supporters are nearly all of a darker hue.

This is the story of Venezuela in black
and white, the story not told in The New
York Times
nor the rest of our
establishment media. This year’s so-called
popular uprising is, at its heart, a furious
backlash of the

whiter (and wealthier)
against their replacement by the larger

(mixed-race) poor.

Four centuries of white supremacy in
Venezuela by those who identify their
ancestors as European came to an end with
the 1998 election of Hugo Chavez who won
with the overwhelming support of the Mestizo
majority. This turn away from white
supremacy continues under Maduro, Chavez’
chosen successor.

In my interviews with Chavez for BBC
beginning in 2002, he talked with humor
about the fury of a white ruling class
finding itself displaced by dark-skinned man
who was so visibly “Negro e Indio,” a label
he wore loudly and proudly.

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