Year after year, as the day we call El Día de la Raza approaches here among Latin American countries, many authors focus upon themes like racial stigmatization, slavery and social differences as evils that we must fight in the path toward “improving the race.” For this year, however, we want to expose what we believe to be some of the evil “ghosts” that keep haunting us as members of La Raza which our societies are most reluctant to mention, thereby offering a remedy; something we will call secret crimes.
They are truly serious offenses that leave future generations perplexed, often adversely affecting individuals and entire families, leaving many children marked for life. Year after year the people affected by these hidden crimes remain unaware of the complex and and violent repercussions that these unexposed offenses have left on our psyche. Nor do we get a clue from the frequent, explosive and often inexplicable clashes between us, nor from psychological treatment that these are inherited evils that have caused grave mental imbalances within some family members and that have been continually kept a secret as “family rules” dictate. These evils, as is tacitly agreed between family members, must never be mentioned nor revealed even in sacred confession to our religious representatives.
On many occasions forced incestuous sexual relations within families against individuals before and after puberty, have gone unpunished. The secret crimes are too many to enumerate but we have chosen this one as one of the most frequent “violations” kept almost as dark family heirlooms, sins one must never utter to anyone on pain of betraying the progenitors and the young children.
Such crimes, acts declared as criminal by both the holy scriptures and by the laws of men have generally been ignored by modern society and have plainly, in more recent studies, been the generational link to juvenile delinquency and drug abuse by individuals attempting to escape their generally miserable family life.
Escaping from such crimes is not easy neither for individuals or entire communities. In Latin American society today, the growing statistics revealing intrafamily incidences of incest and child abuse have been uncovered thanks to the vast numbers of complaints. Our focus on the “constant struggle to be accepted and to give us the same rights as other” as people of “la raza” must, therefore, begin with denouncing these heinous violations whenever possible to liberate ourselves and others of these secret crimes, thereby repudiating this nefarious legacy. This would be truly “improving the race.”