Mirta Ojito’s March 2 Other Views column, Dancing around the hard truth, says that Americans’ lack of interest in Latin America is a well-known fact. When we try to discuss issues concerning Cuba or Venezuela with our friends and co-workers, how often are we answered with indifference?
Yet these same people habitually complain that they hear too much Spanish in major U.S. cities. They don’t realize the stability of Latin America reflects the stability of the United States.
The fact that the Venezuelan riots began as a protest of the way the authorities responded to a sexual assault of a university student in the Andean region exhibits how women are exploited daily in many countries around the world. However, seldom are demonstrations and protests organized as a result. As many as one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or abused by someone she knows.
We send positive thoughts to Venezuela as its citizens face a difficult time that will affect us as well.
Alicia Cubota Smith, Miami Beach