Stumbling on-line I found this insightful article that actually made me mad; not mad at the person writing it, but mad at us. YES, mad at US, WE have allowed ourselves to be this way; for what reason? I have no idea. I know many will read this article and start to say negative things about the author, but I ask that instead of doing that, sit back and ponder on what the message is saying about us. THAT is what we look like to the world. Do we want to remain that image or do we want to change? Now ask yourself this question and try to answer it honestly.. What am I willing to do to ensure that our nation changes for the better and that future generations of Belizeans will not have to live and be seen by the world the way we are today.
EL PASO – Every year around the fourth of July, I am reminded of a trip I took many years ago to Belize with two UTEP colleagues, engineer Scott Starks and biologist Lillian Mayberry. It was for a NASA grant investigating whether remote sensing (e.g. pictures from satellites) could help predict specific areas where malaria would be most problematic. My role as a sociologist had to do with human behaviors that would be either protective or increase the risk of malaria.
After the most harrowing airplane ride of my life, we traveled to many parts of Belize, except the tourist cays of this small country that was originally a Mayan city state. It subsequently became British Honduras and then in 1981 an “independent” commonwealth. Until 1992, Guatemala contested this status, and there are outstanding territorial disputes that remain unresolved. The country is smaller than the state of Massachusetts and the population is also small: a little more than 300,000 mostly consisting of Mayans, Creoles, Garifunas (Carib Indians and blacks), and refugees from Central American wars. There are a smattering of Asian Indians, other Asians, the proverbial Lebanese, ex-pats from the U.S., Brits in high places, and Mennonites who seem to grow all the food. If you can believe it, the official language is English although it isn’t the most prevalent by a long shot.
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