Afro-descendants in Latin America have had a different experience from those in the US, experts say. Despite this, social, economic, and cultural discrimination has been historically very strong.
Instead of focusing on Maya predictions of the ‘end of the world,’ some are shifting attention to problems today that may have contributed to the Maya collapse – like environmental damage.
Experts stressed that the ancient Mayas, whose 'classic' culture of writing, astronomy and temple complexes flourished from A.D. 300 to 900, were extremely interested in future events, far beyond Dec. 21.
Two Afro-Colombian communities received titles this Spring, but most are still at risk, lacking titles to their land despite decades of living in one place and a legal right, writes a guest blogger.