California South wrote:
Wowww cant even compare and contrast the racial environments without getting people upset.
You misunderstand the reactions because you are not acquainted with Chile. Your questions are from a distinct US perspective. Leave ALL your preconceived notions behind, and ALL your US thought processes, both good and bad, and visit for awhile. Then you''l understand why everyone is puzzled by your comments about race. Chile is not the US. That's why many of us are here.
Race is something that is met with curiosity and ignorance here in Chile. People here have no qualms about pointing out your race, ethnicity, accent, etc. As far I know, there are special scholarships and rights to buy land at reduced prices through the government agency CONADI for being Mapuche, but in general I wouldn't say that there isn't too much tension, affirmative action, or the likes when it comes to race. Of course, many people are class-ist, and while the classes are mixed color, the poor tend to be more moreno and the rich are more blanco. Nationality on the other hand... let's just say I wouldn't want to be a Peruvian living in Chile.
The problems of actual Mapuche are different than race problems in general in my opinion. That's a situation I don't quite understand fully, so you'd have to have another forum member to more fully explain it.
I of course am of the thought that if white people feel disenfranchised by affirmative action or the likes in the United States, they probably suck at what they're doing because there are so many more benefits to being white in the US society than there are negatives. Of course, I always lived in Wisconsin, so results may very depending on your region.