Afro-Indigenous People in Honduras Are Being Forcibly Displaced; Washington Is Complicit

Source: In These Times
by Miriam Miranda

“On this Indigenous Peoples’ Day, I want to tell you about my people, the Garifuna. We’re an Afro-Indigenous people, descended from Arawaks and Africans. Our ancestral territory spans the Caribbean border of Central America. Latin American and Caribbean communities like ours are rarely noticed in U.S. media – except when we migrate. In summer 2021, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris came to Central America and told would-be migrants: ‘Do not come.’ More recently, photos of U.S. Border Patrol agents whipping Haitian refugees in the Texas desert brutally drove that message home. This anti-migrant message is dehumanizing and wrong. But the truth is, many of us would love nothing more than to stay in our homes. It’s Washington that’s making it difficult. The Garifuna are being forcibly displaced from our beautiful traditional lands along the Caribbean coast of Honduras.” (10/12/21)