By Vendy Adams via News americas now

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Sept. 24, 2020: The media in Latin America has condemned the racial injustice in the U.S. and the ongoing civil rights violations. The newspapers have reported extensively on the murder of George Floyd and the protests since then.

However, they are largely quiet about racism and segregation in Latin America. In one of the most ethnically diverse regions in the world, people may have the idea they live in racial democracy, but the facts do not support this. Race still plays a role in determining the chances many people in Latin America have in life and whether they are targeted by the police.

Demonstrators run for cover after clashes erupted during protests against police brutality in Bogota on September 13, 2020. (Photo by JUAN BARRETO/AFP via Getty Images)

Structural and institutional segregation

According to the World Bank, Latin America is home to approximately 28 million indigenous people and about 150 million Afro-Latinos. Combined, this amounts to around 40% of the population and yet they are the poorest segment and have less access to health, education and social welfare than others.

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