June 24, 2005
Makes you go "Hmmm."
Lileks hits a house favorite in today's Bleat
You donít hear much about Evil Spain grinding the natives under their boot, any more than you hear about Belgiumís merry escapades in the Congo. In fact, the Spanish culture has been subsumed into a general Latino identity in a way that makes it oddly immune from criticism. Hey, donít talk to me about racism and oppression Ė look what you guys did to the Indians! It would sound bizarre, no?
This is a house favorite because of my wife's Filipino ancestry. Spanish oppression and looting all around the world is forgiven and forgotten. As Lileks says, "Yet the Original Sin of the New World always seems to focus on the 19th century American experience, and everything else is just a messy regrettable blur."
England and America left good governmental and economic ideas in their wake. This is not an excuse for colonialism, but it is a mitigating circumstance. Spain just loaded up the wealth and split.