The Ministry has in its portfolio the forthcoming opening of a Cervantes Institute in Los Angeles, which can also help explain a legacy that also has “many lights”

The Foreign Minister, Arancha González Laya , has said that she is working with the North American authorities to “lower the tension” as a result of the attacks on statues of Spanish historical figures in the United States, saying that she wants to “improve the knowledge of the Hispanic legacy ” in the country.

Laya referred to events in cities such as San Francisco, where, amid the wave of racial protests in the country, protesters have demolished a statue of the missionary Fray Junípero Serra, covering one of Miguel de Cervantes in paint while another one of Christopher Columbus has been removed by the authorities.

The minister said that the Government is in contact with the North American authorities, both state, local and federal, to “lower the tension” , and is doing so, she added, “with prudence and calm.”

“There is great anger amongst part of American society that is rebelling against racial discrimination”

This is because, she added, “there is great anger against racial discrimination and a lack of equality,” aspects where “many things probably need to change.” “They are wounds in democracy,” she said.

Within the movement there is a questioning of the historical legacy of the United States, not only affecting Cervantes or Colón, but also former leaders like George Washington or Theodore Roosevelt “many of whom could not be associates with racial discrimination.”

Laya’s says her intention is “to improve the knowledge of the Hispanic legacy” in the US, with which the upcoming opening of a Cervantes institute in Los Angeles will help.


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