Another racist attack is exposed in Peru - and this time the offender is a member of Congress. Three Peruvian Congresswomen got into an argument about a legislation initiative that would guarantee the use, preservation and diffusion of the aboriginal languages of Peru.
Congresswoman Martha Hildebrandt (shown in this scary photo) is exposed in a video expressing publicly her racist and anti-Indigenous mentality.
By the way, Hildebrandt's daughter Matibel once said "my mother says that we should place a million of Indigenous people in the "zanjon" [Lima's main underground highway] and throw an atomic bomb. It would be the cholonica bomb [cholo is an insult used to disrespect Indigenous Native peoples]
This video shows the deep division of two cultures in Peru: the one who descends from the mixture of Indigenous and European (Martha Hildebrandt) and that of the original Indigenous peoples (Maria Sumire and Hilaria Supa.) In other words: Lima vs. Cusco.
VIDEO: TWO CONGRESSWOMEN ARGUE IN CONGRESS
(2:27 minutes) A news channel of Lima reports
TRANSCRIPTION in English
Journalist talking to Martha Hildebrandt: … she said [refering to Maria Sumire] that that it's sad that people elect persons -referring to you obviously- who come to the Congress to sleep.
Congresswoman Martha Hildebrandt (MH): [laughing] It doesn't get me, I don't know what intellectual work she might have [looking at Congresswoman Maria Sumire] but I have 30 to 40 cited and translated books right? So, frankly those attacks are low right? From people that don't have an intellectual capacity neither college education...
Congresswoman Maria Sumire (MS): Lady I have college education.
MH: Figure yourself that I had been Deputy Director, not of Peru, but the UNESCO at a world level and she will teach me about education? Nooo... to each its own place, each with its place…
MS: I am also educated; I am Indigenous but I'm also an Attorney, yes?.
MH: There are plenty of Attorneys and really bad ones too [laughing].
MS: And I also have publications that I won't show to you, I won't just publish anything right?
MH: Oh really, do you know mines [publications]? No one knows yours [laughing] I have 10,000 books of an educated language that surely you haven't read.
MS: It's a shame that you don't write in the original languages.
MH: I am not a Quechua [language] specialist nor do I have to be one.
MS: I am not talking about Quechua [only] I am talking about the original languages.
MH: I can only speak with intellectuals like me, in a linguistic congress at the language academy [not sure what academy she refers to] and I am the only woman in that academy... ah? But she doesn't know anything about linguistics.
The video then shows images of the debate about a legislation initiative to make official all Indigenous languages in Peru.
MH: This law initiative is not useful, at all.
Journalist describes: The discussion started in the Congress; the Nationalist Congresswomen criticized Congresswoman Martha Hildebrandt for not supporting their initiative to guarantee the preservation, use and diffusion of the aboriginal languages.
Congresswoman Hilaria Supa (HS): [Martha Hildebrandt] always sleeps, simply; she always does sleep and signs laws sleeping.
Journalist: Who sleeps?
HS: Mrs. Hildebrandt, she just sleeps at Congress that is how she makes her money.
Video shows images of the initial conversation again.
Journalist: Is a lack of respect then? Do you consider that?
MH: I don't even consider it at all, it doesn't get me, and I didn't hear it. I am arrogant like that ok.
MS: We are not talking about linguistics; we are talking about use and preservation of the original languages.
MH: I am also a supporter of them, but if you ask for the most then you lose it all.
MS: You would have to study also what is use and preservation.
MH: Is that right? I will ask for advice to the language academy [laughing] frankly, they make me laugh, frankly they are laughable.
Journalist: They never got to agree and finally they left in the same way they came from, until a next encounter.
Journalist: 6:10 am, well we hope that debates at Congress could be much more respectful than what we have seeing…
Write to Peruvian Congresswoman Martha Hildebrant and let her know what do you think about her racist behaviour:
- Martha Hildebrandt Perez
Representa a: LIMA
Condición: Congresista en Ejercicio
Correo electrónico: firstname.lastname@example.org
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