On top of the grueling pandemic with its negative impacts on the way we live life, we are now dealing with the explosive issue of race relations and what beliefs we hold dear to our hearts.
Respecting each other is a path forward to living peacefully together and trading with each other. Although protests have been occurring in my home state of New Mexico by indigenous groups against statues of Spanish conquistadors and Spanish history in the U.S., I prefer to focus on the overwhelming positive relations that people of Hispanic descent and the various Native American peoples have shared. This relationship should be an ancient example of how communities that trade together thrive together, and the lessons apply in modern times.
We have co-existed for more than 400 years. We have intermarried, broken bread and worked together during crises. Many Native Americans and Hispanics have each other’s blood flowing through their veins. If the statues are offensive or hurtful, they should be put in a museum or on a private residence where people can judge the historical figures for themselves.
We have lived together for so long that we should be able to communicate and understand each other’s viewpoint.