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Posted by: 90sRetroFan
« on: November 22, 2022, 09:11:57 pm »

Present-day conquistadorism:

TikTok captures an angry mob booing a tourist who climbed a protected Mayan pyramid in Mexico: 'lock her up'
The woman can be seen walking up the pyramid and dancing on the steps. She is followed by what appears to be a member of security who gestures for her to come down.

A gathering crowd can be heard shouting at the woman as she makes her way down the steps. At the bottom, she's met by a throng of people who boo her and throw water in her direction as she's escorted away. The chants from the crowd, mostly in Spanish, include, "out," "lock her up," and "jail!"

The caption on the TikTok video reads, "this is so disrespectful… don't mess with my Mexican people."
A statement provided to Insider by Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History confirmed the woman, identified as a tourist, "breached the ban to access the steps of El Castillo, affecting the operation of the site."

"White" colonialists never believed that laws in "non-white" countries apply to themselves:

Oh, but haven't you heard?  She's special -- the rules don't apply to her.

let me guess..she is an influencer???  Thinks rules does not pertain to her??

See also:'t-shake-off-its-colonial-past/msg16487/#msg16487

And False Leftist commenters still do not understand Ahimsa:

Two wrongs don't make a right. She was wrong in climbing, but people are wrong in the violence they showed and even assaulted the woman by pulling her hair. Violence never solves anything and we live in a world that promotes violence on a daily basis.

She wasn't smart, but there was no need for physical confrontations. Very uncalled for - as if that was going to make the situation better.

She needs to receive the Otto Warmbier treatment.
Posted by: Zea_mays
« on: May 30, 2022, 12:14:58 am »

The Genetic Legacy of the Spanish Inquisition

As Spain simultaneously persecuted its Jews and expanded its colonies in the Americas, conversos secretly came over to the New World. Their legacy lives on in DNA.
Spain did not allow converts or their recent descendants to go to its colonies, so they traveled secretly under falsified documents. “For obvious reasons, conversos were not eager to identify as conversos,” says David Graizbord, a professor of Judaic studies at the University of Arizona. The designation applied not just to converts but also to their descendants who were always Catholic. It came with more than a whiff of a stigma. “It was to say you come from Jews and you may not be a genuine Christian,” says Graizbord. Conversos who aspired to high offices in the Church or military often tried to fake their ancestry.

The genetic record now suggests that conversos—or people who shared ancestry with them—came to the Americas in disproportionate numbers. For conversos persecuted at home, the fast-growing colonies of the New World may have seemed like an opportunity and an escape. But the Spanish Inquisition reached into the colonies, too. Those found guilty of observing Jewish practices in Mexico, for example, were burned at the stake.

Chacón-Duque and his colleagues pieced together the genetic record by sampling DNA from 6,500 people across Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru, which they compared to that of 2,300 people all over the world. Nearly a quarter of the Latin Americans shared 5 percent or more of their ancestry with people living in North Africa and the eastern Mediterranean, including self-identified Sephardic Jews. DNA alone cannot prove that conversos were the source of this ancestry, but it fits with the historical record.
Geneticists have also noticed rare genetic diseases prevalent in Jews popping up in Latin America. “It’s not just one disease. It’s like, wow, this isn’t a coincidence,” says Harry Ostrer, a geneticist at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In 2011, Ostrer and his colleagues decided to study two populations—in Ecuador and Colorado—with unusually high prevalence of two mutations often found in Jews. (One mutation was in the breast-cancer gene BRCA1, and the other caused a form of dwarfism called Laron syndrome.) And indeed, they found enriched Sephardic Jewish ancestry in the 53 people they tested.

I think this speaks more for the demographic makeup of who the colonists were, rather than the character of Latinos today. Especially since:
By the 17th century, Graizbord says, most conversos had assimilated and lost any connection to Jewish customs.

But, after 300 years, this heritage has nevertheless reasserted itself in many...
Today, some of their descendants are reclaiming their Jewish identity. They can join Jewish genealogy groups. Some have even converted to Judaism. DNA tests are fanning interest, too. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the New York politician whose family comes from Puerto Rico, recently revealed during a Hanukkah event that she has Sephardic Jewish ancestry.

Of course, the non-Jewish colonizers weren't any better:
Before Chacón-Duque joined this study as a scientist, he had actually submitted his own DNA as a participant. He, like the thousands of others who volunteered, was curious about his own ancestry. He grew up in northwest Colombia, and he had heard the stories. It was a local custom to slaughter a pig for festivities, and it was said that you ate pork publicly to prove you were not a Jew. From that and other tales passed through his family, he had wondered. It turns out he has converso ancestry, too.
Posted by: 90sRetroFan
« on: August 17, 2021, 12:26:21 am »

MEXICO CITY, Aug 13 (Reuters) - Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Friday asked the country's indigenous Mexica peoples for forgiveness for the abuses inflicted on them during the bloody 1521 Spanish conquest of the Aztec empire.
Cortes and his allies defeated the Aztec leaders and the Mexica people who lived in Tenochtitlan, which later became Mexico City. They then looted and razed the city, ushering in three centuries of Spanish domination.

"Today we remember the fall of the great Tenochtitlan and we apologize to the victims of the catastrophe caused by the Spanish military occupation of Mesoamerica and the territory of the current Mexican Republic," Lopez Obrador said.
As the anniversary approached, Lopez Obrador stepped up criticism of Spain and other European countries, including Austria, whose former ruling family, the Habsburgs, also sat at the head of a French-imposed Mexican Empire in the 1860s.

Talk is cheap. Is Obrador willing to militarily invade Spain and/or Austria and turn their territories into lebensraum for today's refugees? Will he bomb colonial-era architecture in these countries?

Last year, he pressured a Vienna museum to lend Mexico a bejeweled feather headdress, considered one of the most important pre-Hispanic artifacts.

The headdress is said to have been worn by Aztec emperor Moctezuma before he was toppled by Cortes.

Despite a visit by Lopez Obrador's wife Beatriz Gutierrez to the Austrian capital, the Mexican request was rebuffed.

So will he now militarily invade Austria to force them to return it and everything else in their museums which they stole from their victims all over the world during the colonial era?
Posted by: guest5
« on: January 28, 2021, 07:47:40 pm »

Aztecs: Arrival of Cortes and the Conquistadors
In our previous animated historical documentary we have covered the Rise of the Aztecs. During the reign of Moctezuma, the empire continued its growth, but it was during this period the Spaniards of Hernan Cortes landed in the region and the fight between the Aztecs and the Conquistadors began.