“Protestors” Deface Bust of Miguel Cervantes, a Former Slave
In a bit of ironic vandalism, San Francisco protestors painted “bastard” on a bust of Miguel Cervantes and defaced it in other ways. It’s hard to image what the motivation was behind attacking the Cervantes bust, beyond, of course, total ignorance of who he even was. Cervantes was a sixteenth-century writer who penned Don Quixote, possibly the most influential work of Spanish-language literature ever written.
Did the protestors even know who Cervantes was? It’s impossible to know. Perhaps his “crime” was being a white man, although that is not even known for sure, and Cervantes may have been descended from Spain’s large Sephardic Jewish population, as was the case for many Spaniards whose ancestors had been “encouraged” to convert to Christianity in the fifteenth and sixteenth century.
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