José Luis Espert, candidate for national deputy (Franco Fafasuli)

Sharp as usual Jose Luis Espert He used his social networks again to open a controversy, in this case for the October 12 holiday, which was celebrated with an extra long weekend for tourist purposes from Friday the 8th to Monday the 11th.

“Tomorrow, October 12, normal human beings celebrate, like all life, Columbus Day. And there is nothing racist about that. Kirchnerist drugged apes, we don’t know what linguistic monstrosity they will celebrate “, fired the candidate for national deputy in the province of Buenos Aires for the space Avanza Libertad.

The economist made this comment citing an article from the state agency Telam which gives an account of the resignification of October 12 that, thanks to a measure promoted by Cristina Kirchner in 2010, changed the name of the holiday to Respect for Cultural Diversity Day to remove the racist overtones to the celebrations for the arrival in America of Christopher Columbus.

“Brown October, activities to redefine October 12 in an anti-racist key”, the note of Telam, which reviews different cultural activities -theatre, photographic exhibitions, festivals, installations and artistic exhibitions- to “question the places that have historically been assigned to us socially and culturally”.

The publication of José Luis Espert
The publication of José Luis Espert

According to the official explanation, in 2010 the name was changed to give the date “a meaning commensurate with the value assigned by our National Constitution and various human rights treaties and declarations to the ethnic and cultural diversity of all peoples.”

“This paradigm shift implied leaving behind the commemoration of ‘the conquest’ of America to give way to the analysis and appreciation of the immense variety of cultures that have contributed and contribute to the construction of our identity “, complete.

The initiative to change the name began in 2007 at the impulse of INADI, which presented a project so that the date would become a “day of historical reflection and intercultural dialogue”. Nevertheless, It was not until November 2010 that, through a decree, former President Cristina Kirchner carried it out.

“The change also had to do with the fact that the concept of division of humanity into ‘races’ had no validity and only conserved an erroneous and pejorative sociocultural and political idea. That allusion, moreover, only favored racist claims “, is explained on the page of the Ministry of Culture.

And they complete: “In this way, the only assessment of European culture was left behind to commemorate the enormous diversity of cultures. Among them, that of indigenous and Afro-descendant peoples who continue to contribute and build part of the national identity ”.

The United Nations General Assembly declared May 21 as the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development (REUTERS)
The United Nations General Assembly declared May 21 as the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development (REUTERS)

This day is commemorated only in Argentina on October 12, although in 2001 the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity was approved and in 2002, through resolution 57/249, the United Nations General Assembly declared May 21 as the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

According to UNESCO, “three-quarters of major conflicts have a cultural dimension” and “overcoming the division between cultures is urgent and necessary for peace, stability and development”.

“Cultural diversity is a driving force for development, not only in terms of economic growth, but also as a means of having a more enriching intellectual, emotional, moral and spiritual life. All of this is present in the seven conventions of culture, which provide a solid foundation for the promotion of cultural diversity. This diversity is an essential component to reduce poverty and achieve the goal of sustainable development, thanks, among others, to the normative device, now complete, elaborated in the cultural sphere ”, they affirm on the official website.

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