Costa Ricans Are Racists, Recent Study Reveals

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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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Carolina

New York, NY

#66 Feb 11, 2014
EllenZoe wrote:
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.
No doubt you are white!
Mike

San Josť, Costa Rica

#67 Feb 14, 2014
The previous comment shows how much racism against white people is tolerated, even encouraged. I'm a 31-year-old disabled combat veteran from the United States who just moved to Costa Rica about 5 weeks ago, and I have had more people spit at me, yell at me, and call me awful names than I would have believed possible.
Yes, I am white. Yes, I shave my head--because it is comfortable, and I'm balding anyway. But I see many hispanic people with shaved heads here, and I've never seen anyone treat them the same way I've been treated.
Before I moved to San Pedro, I was encouraged by all the stories online about how tolerant and nice everyone here is--and many people ARE very nice--but to say that racism against white people is not a problem here is just an outright lie.
I always treat people with kindness and respect--that is how I was raised, and it's how I've always been towards everyone I meet. But the (several) people who have spit at me and yelled obscenities at me never had any reason to--I wasn't in a conversation with any of them, nor had I even LOOKED at them before these events took place.
Costa Rica DOES have a racism problem, and one more flagrant, open, and completely unapologetic than ANYTHING I've EVER seen in the United States, and to pretend it doesn't exist is like pretending like racism doesn't exist in the U.S., either.
Since members of all races deserve to be judged "based not on the color of their skin but by the content of their character," and since I, personally, have never done anything racist to anyone, I think that this is obviously a problem.
I think this is especially true since if the word got out in the U.S. that white people might face racism here, the tourists would stop coming, and anyone with any knowledge of Costa Rica's economy should know that such an occurrence would be disastrous for this country, including the good, tolerant citizens who aren't racist.
So any Ticos or Ticas reading this should probably ask themselves, "What would happen if all the tourists left tomorrow? How many people would lose their jobs, including taxistas, hotel staff, etc. etc. etc.? How would that affect theft in the country?"
I guess I don't expect anyone to take me seriously--why would they?--but now I feel like I've done my part by warning people of the consequences of racism in Costa Rica, so no tengo ninguna obligacion.
James

United States

#68 Feb 18, 2014
I lived in CR over ten before finally selling my home and escaping. There is absolutely no doubt Ticos are racist, not all but a large percentage. Racism is rooted in a lack of education. After returning to the real world I can reflect on how strange ticos really are. It is like the entire population suffers from a collective inferiority complex which has gotten worse over time. Ticos for the most part lack education and are extremely jealous. Americans have pretty much bought all the quality real estate in the country, driven up the price of living. Because the Ticos sold out their country for pennies per square meter gringos are the white devils. Nicas and all the other latin neighbors are criminals that cause all the crime in their country,lol. If you are asian or black you are looked on like a dog. The cast system in place in CR has tico vs tico depending on what shade the person is. Read Mikes comment above, it is spot on. Costa Rica is a mess. How smart is it to bite the hand that feeds you. Without America, Costa Rica starves.

Since: Jul 13

Location hidden

#69 Feb 18, 2014
Mike, James and others,

It's a bitch being a minority, isn't it? Americans are resented by people in other countries because of a legacy of arrogance. Both of you display that arrogance in that you both somehow seem to be wishing the country economic ruin for not accepting you. Ticos consider themselves to be White, so you have to look beyond color to other cultural aspects when you experience their bigotry as a White person.

Now, you have to expect that Ticos, considering themselves to be White, will have issues with Black people as well as darker skinned Ticos and Indians. This is part of man's nature which is called pride. It is a world wide phenomena.

Since: Jan 14

Helen,Ga

#70 Feb 27, 2014
my tour bus driver a very nice religous man made a few racist statements to me about all the blacks that live on the east coast of the country.I was shocked to hear him say these things because he was so nice or maybe because we were talking spanish and i misinterpreted what he said but I dont think so..

Since: Jul 13

Location hidden

#71 Mar 1, 2014
Sam,
If this man said things that identified himself as being both religious AND a bigot, it was a perfect opportunity for you to point out the hypocrisy in a gentile way, of course. I can also understand if you didn't, because most of us rarely will confront a bigot for a number of reasons.
What were your reasons?

Since: Jan 14

Helen,Ga

#72 Mar 15, 2014
Mellow Prophet wrote:
Sam,
If this man said things that identified himself as being both religious AND a bigot, it was a perfect opportunity for you to point out the hypocrisy in a gentile way, of course. I can also understand if you didn't, because most of us rarely will confront a bigot for a number of reasons.
What were your reasons?
Mellow,
Honestly what he said was not hateful and like I said he was a good man and I would not confront him about it for telling me how he really feels and my spanish is not fluent and most important I am a tourist(guest) in his country....

Since: Jul 13

Location hidden

#73 Mar 19, 2014
Sam Kassouf wrote:
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Mellow,
Honestly what he said was not hateful and like I said he was a good man and I would not confront him about it for telling me how he really feels and my spanish is not fluent and most important I am a tourist(guest) in his country....
Sam,
I appreciate your honesty. Our personal situation always dictates how we deal with all matters; especially when things tale us by surprise.

Personally, I am always questioning myself in regard to how I feel about others and whether my feelings are honest. Whether I deal with people as individuals or do I dismiss them based upon generalizations and things other than character.

MP
your dumb

El Monte, CA

#74 Apr 19, 2014
aha wrote:
Costa Rica did the right thing. When those Haitian children grow up they'll become criminalos.
And u would be an example.of the 30%
UmM

Charlotte, NC

#75 Apr 19, 2014
your dumb wrote:
<quoted text>
And u would be an example.of the 30%
I believe the word is drlequentes only Americans use criminalos
Gringo George

Charlotte, NC

#76 Apr 21, 2014
What many westerns don't get is there is no little to no political correctioness in Latin America. While I was in South America, they'll use terms term like "indio, negro, cholo" as insults towards dark skinned people such as Bolivians and Peruvians. In Latin America, white folks are on top and people of native and African decent are on the bottom. That is the pecking order the Spainards fabricated 100's of years ago and is still used today. If you were to call them out on it as "racist", they would laugh at a westerners point of you. I personally prefer living in place with no political correction. Why would anyone want to live in a world of fear of speaking out how they really feel? I'm not saying you have to discriminate others, I just feel westerners could express themselves freely without the fear being of being judged or put in prison. Let me give you an example, Sweden has the highest rape rate in the world. 80% of those rapes come from Muslim immigrants. However in sweden, people stay quiet because the of fear of being labeled as a racist and because they made it illegal to speak out. That's why I'm so against political correction.
Jose VS

Heredia, Costa Rica

#77 May 5, 2014
I UNFORTUNATELY born in Costa Rica.

Most costa ricans has a very poor education. They also loves to make very lame jokes about ANY foreign, not only nicaraguans.

Of course, there are educated and nice people, but they are few. Most costa ricans are also very hypocritical and false-smile faced.

And they thinks that CR is really the most beautiful, happiest, peaceful country of the world, which is absolutely bullshit. They even criticize Panama, which is by FAR a much better country than CR.

Don't get fooled by the histories the Costa Rica's kind people, natural paradise and peace. I can assure you that 90% is nothing but a MYTH.

I should be ashamed for hate my own country, but I'm just beign 100% realistic. I don't live in a world of fantasy like most of my "compatriots".

Since: Jul 13

Location hidden

#79 May 21, 2014

Jose VS,

I feel your pain. You need to pray for all of the people of Costa Rica. Thanks!
Afritika

San Josť, Costa Rica

#80 Jun 15, 2014
Sweetie, thats not true. I am white my best friends is black. Her children are mix. My friend is loved and very successful regardless of her skin color. Here in Costa Rica the best football players are black and the famous female world champ boxer is black. Costa Ricans know that if it wasnt for the black people, this country wouldnt have recognition. So dont think ticos hate blacks.
Steven S

Costa Rica

#81 Jul 31, 2014
I moved to Costa Rica ten years ago. Came with big dreams to share and help and so I did. I met many Americans and had many many Tico friends.
I opened a business and employed more that 25 families. Let me tell you readers that Costa Ricans are Unbelievably racists. They will rob you blind, cheat and lie to you all the time, and yet feel that they have not done anything wrong.
In one case my car was parked by my office and a taxi hit my car. I did not see or hear any thing until the police came and accused me of bad parking. my car was parked well in a marked spot.
three weeks after I got a notice to pay the taxi driver for damages to his car. the judgement was by a judge. I was never notified to come to court nor did i hear anything. Any where you go they will charge you more than a Tico that is right next to you. If you complain they will give you a real hard time.
Ticos are also very violent, men and woman. If you stand up to them they will run like cowards.
Slowly I got to know the Costa Ricans. They are SUPER RACISTS. I am now in a process of selling all I have here. I cant wait to get out of here.
Steven S

Costa Rica

#82 Jul 31, 2014
Jose VS wrote:
I UNFORTUNATELY born in Costa Rica.
Most costa ricans has a very poor education. They also loves to make very lame jokes about ANY foreign, not only nicaraguans.
Of course, there are educated and nice people, but they are few. Most costa ricans are also very hypocritical and false-smile faced.
And they thinks that CR is really the most beautiful, happiest, peaceful country of the world, which is absolutely bullshit. They even criticize Panama, which is by FAR a much better country than CR.
Don't get fooled by the histories the Costa Rica's kind people, natural paradise and peace. I can assure you that 90% is nothing but a MYTH.
I should be ashamed for hate my own country, but I'm just beign 100% realistic. I don't live in a world of fantasy like most of my "compatriots".
I soooo much agree with the above. Do not believe a word of any tico. It seems like they go to school to learn how to lie. The bad thing is that they believe their lies and make big stories about it. They are sick people with seriously mental problems. They have no respect for no one not even themselves.
Steven S

Costa Rica

#83 Jul 31, 2014
Raymond wrote:
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!
Try to live here. visiting as tourist is not gthe same.
Steven S

Costa Rica

#84 Aug 1, 2014
Marky mark wrote:
Oh and I forgot to mention. I think that up to 3/4 of the population is racist not all against White people I think about 1/2 the people have hatred and resentment against me as a White european/north american and about the same number against black people or more. the Nicas get the most abuse at about 90% hatred. Watch carefully
a Nica with a heavy Nicaraguan accent will not speak around a Tico. Obama would have gotten 30% of the vote here and could never win the prsidency of Costa Rica. I would say that racism in CR is rampant and out of control and something needs to be done about it. It must come from both the schools and the homes. Costa Rica a peaceful nation that is a joke. Racism this rampant does not mean peace, it means war and that it what is going on here an unstated social war against minorities and we are getting very verbal on this point and are trying to organize a discrimination lawsuit in general against the country
I agree. They are very racist. Ticos think that all"foreigners" have money. They are greedy and VERY DISHONEST. They are born thieves and lie about everything. They think we owe them. They forget what you give them very quick and always claim that you never helped or done anything for them. All I know is before we, the so called "foreigners" came to this country, they had nothing and walked around with shit in their pants.

After 10 years living here, I can only say that I cant wait to leave here.
Adam

Charlotte, NC

#85 Aug 5, 2014
Steven S wrote:
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I agree. They are very racist. Ticos think that all"foreigners" have money. They are greedy and VERY DISHONEST. They are born thieves and lie about everything. They think we owe them. They forget what you give them very quick and always claim that you never helped or done anything for them. All I know is before we, the so called "foreigners" came to this country, they had nothing and walked around with shit in their pants.
After 10 years living here, I can only say that I cant wait to leave here.
100 bucks that you're a nica full envy.
Steven S

Costa Rica

#86 Monday Aug 25
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.
You are definitely are not happy, better yet, after ten years living in CR, Costarican's are miserable people. Shameless, most low life people in the world. They have no family values nor respect for their own children.

They will rob and lie, and worse of all, they dont feel they have done anything wrong. Even after you show them a video showing their face robbing.

They dont deserve the title people. Animals, is what Costa Rican's are!! You can not believe a word people say in CR.
They do not care about anyone. They will smile to you and be really nice as long as you keep the money coming. Otherwise, you are worthless for them.

I was never a racist nor will I ever be. If you think people here are "Pura Vida" as they say, Its the oposit, Pura mierda.

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