My comrade, Rod Starz of Rebel Diaz, speak with Mr Davey D on the current situation in Chile.
Context to the interview as written by Mr Davey D, a highly respected community organizer/activist, media personality, Hip Hop scholar, amongst a million other things (after the jump)…“Many of us know and love the group Rebel Diaz which features brothers RodStarz and G1 and Lah Tere. All of them met in Chicago which was their home base before relocating to the Bronx.. Rod and G1 are from Chile..
The group was in Chile one week before the devastating 8.8 earthquake. I caught up with Rod the day after the quake to see how his family was doing.. At that time he was concerned about his 90-year-old grandfather and a number of other relatives who were still MIA..
Three days later we sat down to do this interview and Rod was in slightly better spirits. His grandfather was found, but several others are still unheard from.. We spoke with Rod who explained the politics of Chile and why the economics of that country would lead to people ‘looting’.
He noted that Chile has long been called the Tiger of Latin America because of its economy which has been desireable by conservatives here in the US who want to do like Chile and privatize everything from water to social security..
Rod described Chile’s economic situation as a failed experiment where you have a few wealthy people on top and lots of poor people on the bottom who were not only wiped out during the earthquake but were left with no water, housing and other basic needs..He talked about the devastation that exist in some communities where shabby work was done bc the people there were poor and being exploited by the rich..
Rod breaks a lot of things down that mainstream news outlets have all but ignored..”
-Mr Davey D
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