Conservative Politicians In Spain Attack Biden After Indigenous Peoples Day Proclamation

Sebastian Hughes

Right-wing politicians in Spain criticized President Joe Biden’s proclamation of Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday and refused to apologize for the atrocities committed when the country colonized the Americas, BBC News reported.

Spain’s colonial expansion into the Americas was described as “the most important event in history after the Roman empire,” by Pablo Casado, leader of the conservative People’s Party, on the eve of the country’s holiday honoring Christopher Columbus, BBC News reported Tuesday.

“Does the kingdom of Spain have to apologize because five centuries ago it discovered the New World, respected those who were there, created universities, created prosperity, built entire cities?” Casado asked in a video posted to Twitter. “I don’t think so.”

Biden marked Columbus Day on Monday by simultaneously proclaiming it to be Indigenous Peoples Day. “Today, we recognize Indigenous peoples’ resilience and strength as well as the immeasurable positive impact that they have made on every aspect of American society,” the proclamation said.

Vice President Kamala Harris said Columbus’ arrival to the Americas led to “a wave of devastation” for Native Americans in remarks at the National Congress of American Indians 78th annual convention.

Columbus enslaved numerous native people after discovering the New World and at least one member of his crew documented the rape of an indigenous woman.

“He has just attacked the great masterpiece of the Spanish conquest: the evangelisation,” Santiago Abascal, leader of the conservative Vox party, said, BBC News reported. He also denounced Biden as “the lamentable president of the United States.”

“How proud we can feel about what our ancestors did,” he said, calling Spanish colonies “the empire of human rights.”

Spain maintains close ties with Latin America, but many former colonies believe it has not acknowledged the human rights abuses it committed, BBC News reported. In September, Pope Francis, who is from Argentina, spoke of the “personal and social sins” brought about by the Catholic Church in Mexico during the conquest.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador supported the pope’s message and has repeatedly called on Spain to apologize for its past actions as an imperial power, BBC News reported.

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4 Replies to “Conservative Politicians In Spain Attack Biden After Indigenous Peoples Day Proclamation”

  1. You gringos exterminated all the Native people and now you blame Columbus. You ignore EVERYTHING about Hispanic cultures. The Laws of Indias, and other laws protecting indigenous people. Spain created the first world conference in human rights, when they discussed the “right of Conquest” from a theological and ethical point. You think we are all gringos, thank goodness we are not.

  2. It was the most comprehensive law code ever instituted for a colonial empire and set forth humane principles for treatment of Indians.
    The Valladolid debate (1550–1551) was the first moral debate in European history to discuss the rights and treatment of a colonized people by colonizers. Held in the Colegio de San Gregorio, in the Spanish city of Valladolid, it was a moral and theological debate about the colonization of the Americas, its justification for the conversion to Catholicism and more specifically about the relations between the European settlers and the natives of the New World. It consisted of a number of opposing views about the way natives were to be integrated into colonial life, their conversion to Christianity and their rights and obligations. According to the French historian Jean Dumont The Valladolid debate was a major turning point in world history “In that moment in Spain appeared the dawn of the human rights”.

    It would be good if some time soon the anglo civilization starts to understand the world is not anglo….

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