Attacks to the Hispanic Legacy in the United States and the persistence of anti-Spanish prejudices

09/16/2020

Concurring with the start of Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations and taken into account the acts of violence that followed George Floyd’s death under Police arrest, the Fundación Consejo España- EE.UU. organized on September 16th at 7pm (UTC+2) the digital conversation “Attacks to the Hispanic Legacy in the United States and the persistence of anti-Spanish prejudices”.

The prestigious historian and professor at Notre Dame University, Felipe Fernández-Armesto, and the Ambassador of Spain and writer Eduardo Garrigues, discussed the possible reasons for the dismantling of the Hispanic legacy symbols in the United States. They commented on the destruction of the myth of Columbus and the attacks perpetrated against images of historical figures who participated -or not- in the colonization of the American territory such as Juan de Oñate, Fray Junípero Serra, Isabel the Catholic or Miguel de Cervantes, as well as, the connivance of some academic, local and state authorities which allowed those expressions of violence. The conversation was moderated Manuel Mª Lejarreta, Secretary General of the Fundación, and broadcasted live through the Fundación’s YouTube channel.

The full recording can be accessed through this link.