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Count the ‘Pinches Indios’

Carlos Bravo Regidor, a professor at CIDE, posted these 18 tweets to his Twitter account earlier this week as evidence of the blatant racism toward Mexico’s Indigenous peoples.

The term “indios” is used in various ways, from “damn Indians” to “fucking Indians,” to refer to the striking teachers of CNTE, who have been occupying Mexico City streets and plazas for 2 weeks in a bold demand to be heard by the federal government which is attempting to pass an education reform bill through Mexico’s Congress, many of whom are from the largely Indigenous southern Mexican states of Oaxaca, Michoacán and Chiapas.

Maybe all of these people should leave Mexico if they really can’t stand to be around so many Indians. As the song goes, “¿Por qué no se van?” (Why don’t they leave?). Although the group that sings this song, Los Prisioneros, is from Chile, the song applies almost word-for-word to many in Mexico, as these tweets can testify. So, for all the anti-Indigenous racists of Mexico, next you’re in Spain, or anywhere else in Europe you claim to be from, feel free to stay there!

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