A short lesson in genocide

May 27, 2013 

The writer of "Beginnings of the immigration problem" (May 12, Page D-2) makes a valid point. I would like to go a little further using his line of reasoning.

The Spanish conquistadores, who were welcomed to Mexico and Peru, pillaged, plundered and reduced the population of the indigenous people of Mexico by 90 percent and the indigenous people of Peru from about 6.5 million to about 1 million.

Maybe if Cortés and Pizarro had been drowned, we would not have most of the Americas controlled by Spanish descendants of these "conquerors," who, despite their Hispanic surnames, claim to be the "indigenous" people who had "their" land stolen from them by "Anglos."

The true indigenous peoples built mighty empires. How many Latin American empires are there now? None! Instead, their citizens are leaving those countries en masse to come here.

So what was that about Columbus again?

DAVID SCHORTNER

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