The story that our ancestors built, for better and for worse, is what brings us to this day. It is important to know it to be able to live with the idea of not repeating previous mistakes and understand, without necessarily accepting, what the past was to plan for the future.
The commemoration of October 12 is the best example of this.
The date recalls the meeting of two cultures. The clash of two ways of living between the indigenous groups of the American continent and the Europeans. Today we are a product of that fact.
The result was a cataclysm that ended the lives of more than 500 million people, be it due to the greed of wealth, the cruelty of those who believe themselves superior and disease. Europeans are estimated to have brought smallpox, bubonic plague, chickenpox, cholera, the common cold, diphtheria, influenza, malaria, measles, scarlet fever, sexually transmitted diseases, typhoid fever, and typhus .
We applaud President Joe Biden’s decision to declare this date as Indigenous Peoples Day alongside Columbus Day which, unlike the rest of the continent, is a special pride for Italian descendants. For those things of the American individuality, they celebrate the origin of the sailor, ignoring the Spanish participation in the venture.
We Latin Americans cannot forget it. More than 500 years passed and the rancor does not stop in many places. The wounds of the past seem not to have healed to be seen as lessons that are still being corrected.
This date is fulfilled at a time when an important Anglo sector in the United States looks at a distorted present by ignoring the past. They embrace the lies created by political ideologues who seek to scare them to win votes.
For that he wants to turn the history that is taught in schools into a fiction. Talking about slavery and the effects of a segregation that prohibited interracial marriage until 1967 are considered an aggression against whites.
The mere mention of the word minority and ethnicity in a school arouses among some parents the ignorant indignation of those who do not know what they are talking about. They parrot that Critical Racial Theory taught in law school reached elementary school.
It is not good to teach young people an ideal white story that does not prepare them for the multicultural society that began more than four centuries ago in this land.
Adults’ concern for demographic changes must be channeled positively rather than placing their heads in the hole like an ostrich to escape a reality that is inseparable from their history.