On February 28th, Aruba’s largest newspaper published a most xenophobic, vile article on page 12, under the headline ‘The disease that lifted the curtain on Chinese Imperialism.’
Of course it was based on the fact that the current almost-pandemic we are dealing with hailed out of that Fish market in China where it transitioned from the animal kingdom into humanity.
The article described China as a repressive hell on earth, as a power hungry dragon, and questioned whether we will continue to embrace the Chinese communist regime because of its wealth, as it now even endangers the Olympic flames of peace.
Rather bombastic language.
Yesterday a big apology in that same newspaper occupied bombastic headlines. Apologies for the base language, for the holier than thou attitude, the announcement paddled backward, mindful of the Chinese community’s economic strength on the island.
They frequently place supermarket adz in the paper, and no newspaper can afford to offend anyone, if it wants to stay in business.
On a general note, perhaps it is time for the media to reconsider how it labels people as Chines, Colombiano, Venezuelano, Dominicano, Mericano.
There is a general air of disrespect in the media, which we should all aspire to correct, we’re people, don’t stick us into boxes, labeled by our nationality, with the intend of putting us down as “different from us,” “lesser than us.”
If you think that Aruba is becoming expensive
The monthly Central Bureau of Statistics summary was published yesterday. I will not make you read the whole shebang, just excerpts:
“Core inflation, excluding the effect of energy and food – was 3.8% in January 2020. The energy index – which consists of the products: electricity, water, gasoline and diesel – was -0.5%. The food index showed an increase of 13.0%.”
The “Food & Catering services” index showed an increase of 1.9% in January 2020, after an increase of 0.2% in December 2019. The index for “Food at home” showed an increase of 2.5% in January, as all of the eleven (11) “Food at home” indices increased in January 2020. The “Vegetables” index registered the largest increase (8.1%) in January 2020. Furthermore, increases were posted in the indices for “Potatoes and other tubers” (6.5%), “Fruit” (4.0%), “Oils and fats” (3.1%) and “Bread and cereals” (2.0).
Over the last twelve (12) months, the “Food & catering services” has increased by 9.2%. The “Food at home” index showed an increase of 11.0%. The “Fruit” index increased by 28.3%, the largest increase among the “Food at home” food groups.