Costa Ricans Are Racists, Recent Study Reveals

Sep 19, 2010 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Inside Costa Rica

Costa Ricans Are Racists, Recent Study Reveals Although most Costa Ricans claim to have no bias to the colour of the skin, a study reveals that 3 out of 10 - 30% of the population - have racist attitudes or prejudices.

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Um Actually no. No es verdad.
Costarricense's are not racists. We are very happy and peaceful people. They could care less what your skin color is.
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The story stated that 30% of Costa Ricans are racist ... that still leaves a lot of others ... 70% that are not racist, such as yourself.
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Sep 21, 2010
 
Recently, Costa Rica did not allow their people to adopt Hatian orphan children due to the recent earthquake. This is sad.
I was born in Costa Rica.
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Costa Rica did the right thing. When those Haitian children grow up they'll become criminalos.
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I am from the U.S. and have visited CR many times, and have never seen any racism there. Nice country. Pura Vida
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I moved here 10 1/2 years ago from New York City. I have always admired the fact that racism seems to be non-existant in Costa Rica. Just another thing the country can be very proud of.
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To be honest I think there is an undercurrent of racism against blacks in Costa Rica, the press demonises Limon where most blacks come from and only allowed them passage the capital in the late 1940s what does that say about their mentality. I have been in shops with my black husband and one assistant screamed 'what do you want'. I was so offended. They also affectionately nick name friends as 'negro' ie blacky, I cant imagine that in the US or UK people would be horrified. I remember travelling on a bus and some young twenty somethings saying 'whos the black guy'. I think there is quite a bit of racism and trying to feel better than others people, we;re so white and european etc which is very amusing of course they are not really, they are all very brown in varying degrees, the same brown hair skin and eyses come to the UK or try scandinavia if thats your claim to fame. I think fundamentally its still a slightly backward country wanting to feel better than some people. I find that the capital city San Jose is a dreadful eyesore a hiddeous concrete jungle the food is just horrible and I mean horrible. The caribbean coast whilst not great, is a million times prettier than most parts of costs rica, amusingly the people in the caribbean side are also a ton better looking and the food culture and music is better. Top tip dont check out the San Jose carnival its awful and embarrasing go to Limon instead, way cooler.
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Natalie wrote:
To be honest I think there is an undercurrent of racism against blacks in Costa Rica, the press demonises Limon where most blacks come from and only allowed them passage the capital in the late 1940s what does that say about their mentality. I have been in shops with my black husband and one assistant screamed 'what do you want'. I was so offended. They also affectionately nick name friends as 'negro' ie blacky, I cant imagine that in the US or UK people would be horrified. I remember travelling on a bus and some young twenty somethings saying 'whos the black guy'. I think there is quite a bit of racism and trying to feel better than others people, we;re so white and european etc which is very amusing of course they are not really, they are all very brown in varying degrees, the same brown hair skin and eyses come to the UK or try scandinavia if thats your claim to fame. I think fundamentally its still a slightly backward country wanting to feel better than some people. I find that the capital city San Jose is a dreadful eyesore a hiddeous concrete jungle the food is just horrible and I mean horrible. The caribbean coast whilst not great, is a million times prettier than most parts of costs rica, amusingly the people in the caribbean side are also a ton better looking and the food culture and music is better. Top tip dont check out the San Jose carnival its awful and embarrasing go to Limon instead, way cooler.
. I agree, funny because they are a lot of costarican with dark skin color I love puerto limon beaches
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KatitaDeCorazon wrote:
Um Actually no. No es verdad.
Costarricense's are not racists. We are very happy and peaceful people. They could care less what your skin color is.
unless your nicaraguan

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Yes, it is. I went on vacation there with a latin friend and I got the stare downs when eating at any restaurant. We hit some night clubs in the capitol, and some patrons even were laughing at me or looked bewildered.
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No racism? How about:
*Anyone of Asian descent is called "Chinese." Ticos might say that's just a harmless cultural thing...but how would those Ticos feel if everyone referred to them as "Mexicans." It makes no sense and it's just based on ignorance.
*The myth that most Costa Ricans are white. Ticos love to say that, and one dude even told me that Ticos are more attractive because it's a "white country." True, some Ticos are white...but the vast majority look pretty brown to me. There's nothing wrong with Tico skin color, but the obsession with "whiteness" says a lot about the Tico mindset
*I've had many, many Tico friends tell me that they don't find negras or morenas attractive..."she's hot, but her skin's too dark."
*Not to mention the xenophobia. Supposedly, Nicaraguans are all job-stealing thieves, all Mexicans and Argentians are stuck-up, all Colombian women are sluts, etc...
All things considered, Costa Rica is probably LESS racist than the States. And that's a good thing, but let's not pretend that racism doesn't exist in CR.
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most of costa ricans are racist or nationalist... that's a hard truth, like it or not.
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Me Me Me wrote:
No racism? How about:
*Anyone of Asian descent is called "Chinese." Ticos might say that's just a harmless cultural thing...but how would those Ticos feel if everyone referred to them as "Mexicans." It makes no sense and it's just based on ignorance.
*The myth that most Costa Ricans are white. Ticos love to say that, and one dude even told me that Ticos are more attractive because it's a "white country." True, some Ticos are white...but the vast majority look pretty brown to me. There's nothing wrong with Tico skin color, but the obsession with "whiteness" says a lot about the Tico mindset
*I've had many, many Tico friends tell me that they don't find negras or morenas attractive..."she's hot, but her skin's too dark."
*Not to mention the xenophobia. Supposedly, Nicaraguans are all job-stealing thieves, all Mexicans and Argentians are stuck-up, all Colombian women are sluts, etc...
All things considered, Costa Rica is probably LESS racist than the States. And that's a good thing, but let's not pretend that racism doesn't exist in CR.
I agree with you 100%. I met some CR girls while I was down there and they had a very light complexion and told me they were NOT Mexicans. They said Mexicans were dirty and the men were jerk. Same thing with the Colombian girls and the Nicaraguans. Regardless, they were cool as Hell and I had a great time.
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I like to travel and can afford to do so. For certain, Costa Rica will not be on my list of places to visit since they look down on black people. I refuse to spend money to go to a place where I will be disrespected.
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Jul 12, 2012
 
I am a brown Hispanic who has been to Costa Rica several times and each time it just gets better.

Sure, there is racism and xenophobia, especially against Nicaraguans. And yes, Costa Ricans take pride in their strong European racial background at the expense of their other heritages (native and black).

However, I would still recommend Costa Rica for their rich ecotourism to any American. It is something worthwhile to experience.

I would even recommend Costa Rica to my African American brothers and sisters (as well as my white American brothers and sisters). You just have to experience the wealth of nature that is there.

Just so that you know, I see African Americans in Costa Rica and they enjoy it. Costa Ricans will not disrespect you as they do to Nicaraguans when they hear you speak English. The English language is a symbol of the upper classes.

Go ahead and enjoy Costa Rica!
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Jul 27, 2012
 
ashaki33 wrote:
I like to travel and can afford to do so. For certain, Costa Rica will not be on my list of places to visit since they look down on black people. I refuse to spend money to go to a place where I will be disrespected.
I'm a tico myself. My Dad is black and my mom is white. Who ever said Costa ricans look down o black people? where I live at theres a whole bunch of mulattos if you didn't know. We dont need ignorant people in or country.
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Dec 10, 2012
 
Natalie wrote:
To be honest I think there is an undercurrent of racism against blacks in Costa Rica, the press demonises Limon where most blacks come from and only allowed them passage the capital in the late 1940s what does that say about their mentality. I have been in shops with my black husband and one assistant screamed 'what do you want'. I was so offended. They also affectionately nick name friends as 'negro' ie blacky, I cant imagine that in the US or UK people would be horrified. I remember travelling on a bus and some young twenty somethings saying 'whos the black guy'. I think there is quite a bit of racism and trying to feel better than others people, we;re so white and european etc which is very amusing of course they are not really, they are all very brown in varying degrees, the same brown hair skin and eyses come to the UK or try scandinavia if thats your claim to fame. I think fundamentally its still a slightly backward country wanting to feel better than some people. I find that the capital city San Jose is a dreadful eyesore a hiddeous concrete jungle the food is just horrible and I mean horrible. The caribbean coast whilst not great, is a million times prettier than most parts of costs rica, amusingly the people in the caribbean side are also a ton better looking and the food culture and music is better. Top tip dont check out the San Jose carnival its awful and embarrasing go to Limon instead, way cooler.
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What happened in the 1940, happened in the 1940. That's like bringing US slavery into the discussion. The word Negro in Spanish isn't offense it means black, in CR they have a day called Dia Del Negro, basically black cultural month. I agree San Jose sucks but seriously Limon is the best place in CR ?
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This goes to show you ignorance is worldwide...
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The story stated that 30% of Costa Ricans are racist ... that still leaves a lot of others ... 70% that are not racist, such as yourself.
I am a CostaRican... and my parents threaten to diswoned me if I would only have a negro friend... my mother would see a black person and will spit, like if she saw a rotten thing...she still does,.. she would punish me if I would even looked at them...I heard from my parents "why are you talking to that rrr...those are nothing but..rrr are worse than dogs... So yes...there is such a thing like RACIST COSTARICANS...I grew in a home and my brothers still think that they are superior to any of my black brothers... I detest that...I grew up loving the black race. I believe them to be an awesome people.
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Eugene Scott wrote:
<quoted text> I am a CostaRican... and my parents threaten to diswoned me if I would only have a negro friend... my mother would see a black person and will spit, like if she saw a rotten thing...she still does,.. she would punish me if I would even looked at them...I heard from my parents "why are you talking to that rrr...those are nothing but..rrr are worse than dogs... So yes...there is such a thing like RACIST COSTARICANS...I grew in a home and my brothers still think that they are superior to any of my black brothers... I detest that...I grew up loving the black race. I believe them to be an awesome people.
With a name like Eugene Scott I doubt your a tico..

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