Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Who is To Blame For the Banana Massacre?
I think it is so crazy how the government actually played the banana massacre off as a rumor. It's really hard to believe that over 2,000 lives can be taken without people even properly acknowledging it. Obviously the government is to blame for the massacre--they senselessly murdered people. However, as we were talking about today in class, there is the question of whether or not Latin Americans are slightly to blame? Personally, I don't think they could have prevented the massacre. The massacre was more of an impulse decision made by the government rather than a thought out solution. But, I do think that Latin Americans could have prevented many events leading up to this incident. For example, the political division within the region (Conservatives and Liberals) sent a lot of mixed signals within Latin America and also to foreign nations. The United Fruit Company was really able to utilize land in Latin America because of the 26 year rule that the Conservatives held when they came in, as we said today. However, when the Liberals unexpectedly regained control, strikes occurred without warning. As a result, the Latin Americans really threw the United Fruit Company for a loop when they changed their attitudes so quickly. The Latin Americans really never made up their minds as to what they wanted, which left a lot of the decision making to foreign powers.