by Cassandra Tate
The same period that saw the public affirmation of the Confederate Lost Cause myth saw a proliferation of monuments that portrayed the conquest of the indigenous people of the west as virtuous pioneering. The case of Marcus Whitman shows a national reckoning is in order.
Who Was Junipero Serra, and Why Do Activists Want His Name Stripped From Institutions and His Statues Toppled?
The architect of the Spanish Mission system in California has some defenders among historians, but Native American activists associate his legacy with genocide.
SOURCE: New York Times
Tensions between persons with Hispanic and Native American ancestry in New Mexico have been crystallized in protests over a statue of a brutal Spanish conquistador.
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