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Guatemala confronts its racist past, present

Maria Tuyuc was at the doorstep of a popular bar in an upscale Guatemala City neighborhood when she knew she had a problem. The bouncer was talking to one of her friends but looking at her. ”Then the bouncer . . . came over to me and said `This bar isn’t made for people like you, especially not dressed like that.” recalls Tuyuc, the group’s only Maya Indian. “It was so humiliating . . . I went out to the parking lot and cried.” The Guatemalan government often uses images of women dressed like Tuyuc in colorful Maya clothing to attract foreign tourists. Full Story

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