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Sun May 23, 2021, 08:33 PM

White supremacy in Colombia Part 4: Racist Cali's 'genocide risk'

The Zarzur family and their servants. (Image: Soho)

by Adriaan Alsema May 23, 2021

Deeply-rooted racism of the white elite in Colombia’s third largest city Cali poses a genocide risk for local black community, according to a study.

Cali found itself in the spotlight during ongoing anti-government protests because of extreme violence that human rights NGO CODHES attributed to racist policing and an armed white elite.

The city has a long history of institutionalized racism and white supremacy that has its origin in the city’s leading role in Colombia’s exploitation of slaves in sugar plantations of the Valle del Cauca province.

The recent surge of violence against Cali’s black community “runs the risk of becoming a genocide” unless measures are taken, according to CODHES.


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