How Inequality is Perpetuated in Belizean Society

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The word race when applied to one’s personal or historical being (tribe, clan, linage) is barely 500 years old. The word in its prior existence of defining or grouping a humans was strictly a related to a contest. As people began migrating north and west, it was a race amongst early explore to claim colonize the westernize world. Ism when applied to race can only exist when one group identified by race, holds an unequal amount of wealth, land or power than another group, which generate substantial resources and produce that marginalize, and exclude the disadvantage group from achieving or competing with the dominate group. The term ethnicity means the national or cultural group in which one belongs to or claims.

If we take a historical look at Belize, we’ll find that since colonialism , the creole or dark skinned population has had a constant presence in regards to population, but economically have continued to suffer and fall behind many of the countries newly immigrants.

Belize is known for its multi-racial and multi- cultural society, but race and ethnicity are a huge factor of persistent racism and inequality in this country (Leslie, 1997). The driving force behind this is the strong belief that although Belize is well known for being very generous and accepting of others, we most certainly have a blooming bed of disagreement under the superficial look of everyone living together in harmony. In Central America, Belize is known as an ethnic anomaly (Mortimer, 1992), with a society focusing more on the English-speaking Caribbean countries, and North America, than to neighboring Spanish-speaking republics. Like many nations that have recently emerged from colonialism, Belize has a population that is split into many racial ...

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...ericans to Belize further challenged Belizean society, which was already deeply divided by differences of ethnicity, race, and class.

One way the settler minority maintained its control was by dividing the slaves from the growing population of free Creole people who were given limited privileges. Though some Creoles were legally free, they could neither hold commissions in the military nor act as jurors or magistrates, and their economic activities were restricted. They could vote in elections only if they had owned more property and lived in the area longer than whites. Privileges, however, led many free blacks to stress their loyalty and acculturation to British ways (Mortimer, 1992).

Works Cited


Mortimer, L. R. (1992, January). Detail Information on Belize. Retrieved March 21, 2014, from

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