Attorney and Native American rights activist Brett A Chapman has reacted to comments by Spain's foreign minister, Josep Borrell, that, before independence, the United States of America had "practically no history, the only thing they'd done was kill a handful of Indians".
After quoting what he describes as a "shocking idiocy", Chapman asks "what's the matter with this man?".
“The USA is a country more politically integrated because they have no history. All they did was to kill four Indians”— Brett A. Chapman (@brettachapman) 28 de novembre de 2018
Spain Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said this shocking idiocy yesterday. What's the matter with this man? pic.twitter.com/dcOvNjkGGJ
Chapman, as it happens, had just a day earlier posted a tweet about Native Americans who were among the millions who died directly or indirectly as a result of the actions of colonists and European Americans.
This picture of my grandfather Chief Iron Whip (3rd from L) was taken on Mar. 3, 1865. The next day, they attended Lincoln's inauguration and heard him say “with malice toward none, with charity toward all”— Brett A. Chapman (@brettachapman) 27 de novembre de 2018
They each got malice and three of them died on the Ponca Trail of Tears pic.twitter.com/GVUxOtw9id
Indeed, it was in response to this tweet that lawyer Gonzalo Boye told Chapman of Borrell's comments.
You need to know what Spain Foreign Minister @JosepBorrellF said yesterday:— Gonzalo Boye (@boye_g) 28 de novembre de 2018
“The USA is a country more politically-integrated because they have no history. All they did was to kill 4 Indians."
Chapman replied describing it as a "deplorable statement and an intentional slight to Native Americans".
Such a deplorable statement and an intentional slight to Native Americans to turn the mass murder of an entire people into a joke— Brett A. Chapman (@brettachapman) 28 de novembre de 2018
Catalan president in exile Carles Puigdemont later quoted Chapman's tweet, say that “what's the matter with this man?” is "exactly the same question most Catalans ask themselves".
“What's the matter with this man?” It’s exactly the same question most Catalans ask themselves. Concerning our demands for self-determination, he has said that this is a ‘sick country’ because a significant part of our people think it would be better to be outside Spain. https://t.co/hYYBk2vI91— Carles Puigdemont (@KRLS) 28 de novembre de 2018