December 09, 2006

Maya to blame for their own poverty?

Regarding Mel Gibson's "Apocalypto"No, the extreme impoverished lives most Mayans live are not due to the "excesses of their ancestors," as stated in an ABC segment with Mel Gibson about "Apocalypto," but rather to the same institutionalized racism of church, military, and government, which could not even recognize our own Indian ancestors as human, justifying their wholesale slaughter, Christian conversion via boarding schools, and the taking of our lands.

Before we rush to pat Gibson on the back we should understand that the same religious, government, military, and corporate institutions who systematically conspired to take our lands and destroy our culture here in the North, also have had a hand in the demise of the ancient and contemporary Maya people. When the Spaniards invaded Central America in the 16th century, ancient Maya texts were burned so that the people would forget their history and a new history, more palatable to Europeans, could replace it.

3 comments:

writerfella said...

Writerfella here --
Quite a long article based on the quote from an ostensible statement, when the original statement and the context surrounding it are not among the givens. Kind of like the movie reviews that appear to laud a film but in reality were statements otherwise taken out of context. "SEE YOU NEXT WEDNESDAY" attempts to be a new GONE WITH THE WIND, or a modern fantasy-comedy like THE WIZARD OF OZ. It is none of those and you could find many ways to make your $10.50 better spent." But the movie ads shorten all that to read, "...a new GONE WITH THE WIND..." and "...a modern...WIZARD OF OZ..." and "...your $10.50 better spent!"
All Best
Russ Bates
'writerfella'

writerfella said...

Writerfella here --
Ding-bust program must have a mind of its own...
All Best
Russ Bates
'writerfella'

Rob said...

Apparently nobody on the Web has a transcript of the "Primetime Special: Mel Gibson's Apocalypto," which aired 11/23/06. So I haven't confirmed what Gibson said.

But to blame the Mayas' present situation on the "excesses of their ancestors" is a remarkable thing. Even without confirmation, that claim deserves wider exposure.