The truth is that I am only a few pages within the reading of the book (Gibson, 2019, p. xi-33). I knew from the beginning that it would be an emotional read, and it is proving to be so. I further reflected upon my notes and the roots of the why began to surface. Why was it necessary to read upon this history? And why America should be proud of its Hispanic / Spanish heritage. As empires are hidden, destroyed and dismantled, in the same way so too are the very people who desire to preserve, protect and give voice to this heritage.
As empires are hidden, destroyed and dismantled, in the same way so too are the very people who desire to preserve, protect and give voice to this heritage. #ShaziaBlog #QuoteTweet
This is especially true when we think about movements such as Black Lives Matter that took centre stage with world-wide Global protests, but then there are people dying everyday as such from the refugees in Rohingya, chemical weapons of mass-destruction utilized in Syria, the human-created silent genocides of Venezuela, the COVID 19 crisis and much more.
Movements such as Black Lives Matters are politically funded and motivated, to sway a particular opinion and so of course to inform politics. But then I wonder what and why was it necessary to topple statues of Columbus because of what happened to Floyd? And why did the natives join forces to “attack” too? When they should know that it was the Spanish Explorers and Spanish Empire who actually began the efforts for social justice and inclusion for the indigenous (2019, p. 12) and “Black” African slaves (p. 27).
“It occurred to him that he could not call for an end to Indian bondage without doing the same for Africans…”Gibson, 2019, p. 27.
Why are these truths not voiced? If you ask me, I think that it is time for social movements to make room for other voices, who desire to become the proud inheritors of the hispanic American heritage in America which also includes Anglo-Americans. The so-called melting pot / salad bowl no longer exists when one stomps one another.
I think that it is time for social movements to make room for other voices, who desire to become the proud inheritors of the hispanic American heritage in America which also includes Anglo-Americans. #ShaziaBlog #QuoteTweet
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Reference: Gibson, C. (2019). EL NORTE The Epic and Forgotten History of Hispanic North America. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press.
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Notes: These thoughts were originally hand-written on May 6th 2021, all views and opinions are my own and referenced as per necessary, thank you!
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