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The end of charnego nationalism

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The nationalist attacks against Rufián end the appearance of inclusion of separatism
Voces Layetanas
José A. Ruiz 17/09/2019 3341
Many people may have been surprised by the sad controversy of insults to the national deputy of ERC Gabriel Rufián by several nationalists. However, it's not something old. It's the last example of a failure, the failure of an experiment that has lasted six years.
It all started in 2013, in the heat of "El Procés" designed by Jordi Pujol himself and started by Artur Mas. Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya was very aware that Catalonia would never separate from Spain without the votes of the Spanish speakers, since they are more than half of the population. The dream of a monolingual country exemplified by Joan Puigcercós (who refused to respond in Spanish to a Spanish-speaking Catalan and said that "he was doing him a favor") was vanishing, so they decided to create a long-term experiment. A nursery in which to obtain Spanish-speaking voters for the separatist cause. With new arguments, regardless of language and blood, to convince charnegos (a word that means "dog" or "mestizo" and with which nationalism identifies the Catalans that come "from outside"). Perhaps they could even get a charismatic and competent charnego leader with whom to drag the Spanish-speaking masses and achieve the majority that would allow them to build their Catalan nation. A nation in which the Spanish language would not be the official language, of course. That experiment was called "Súmate".
Gabriel Rufián came to "Súmate" being the outstanding student of Eduardo Reyes, a limited man whose only merit was to be Andalusian and defend Catalan nationalism, so he earned (and he still does) good money for it. Rufián knew how to contribute youth and loquacity, apart from an attitude that matched his last name and what a nationalist expects to be a "tipical" Spanish. His undoubted energy made him surpass his master in the ranks of "Súmate", from where he went to ERC. There he formed an unespected duo with Joan Tardá, and his disrespectful loquacity and his henchman mood were good to him. He was never the most hustler (his tweets are counted as "slaps") but he was the most combative, something that entertained and even encouraged the ERC bases. Rufián was the scourge of the enemy, capable of calling his interlocutor "fascist" without blinking, without hesitation, without even knowing the meaning of that word.
But perhaps not even history will tell if Gabriel Rufián was moved only for the sake of power or if he had really believed the arguments with which nationalism had seduced him. Because some years ago he began to feel more than uncomfortable in some meetings of his party in which (without masks) there were too many references to the "unique language" and the hereditary characteristics of the "unrecoverable Spaniards". However, the deputy endured. For the salary he receives, anyone can resist.
It was then when the attempted coup d'etat occurred, which caught him in Madrid, safe from any implication with criminal consequences, despite the fact that his tweet of the "155 silver coins" was possibly one of the DUI triggers of the Cornered Puigdemont. Troubled moments that gave way to the escape of many companions and the prison of many others.
Quim Torra came to power. And the disguise of tolerance cracked. The association "Súmate" had to smile while receiving its new president, who said that "it's not natural for Catalan children to speak Spanish", who wrote that the Spaniards were "speaking beasts in human form" and that non-nationalist Catalans had "DNA failure". But calm down, that "Sumate" can resist everything. After all, its founder, Antonio Baños, did not hesitate to insult Colau for becoming a Spanish speaking Youtuber. "She's not cosmopolitan by doing so", Baños said, "but cosmo-hick".
And that was when the therapeutic effects of the imprisonment of Oriol Junqueras made a dent in Gabriel Rufián as well. The deputy, Spanish and Spanish speaker after all, probably listened to his boss's new words, "I love Spain" Junqueras said, while making a progressive shift towards constitutionalism and to that intelligent common sense that the convergents had abandoned. Apparently this new moderation, that "Nelson Mandela style", was very appreciated to the deputy, who began to endorse that conciliatory attitude.
The nationalists in his own party soon got angry with him. "That was not the mandate of the people", they said. "We don't have to find out about these things for you, in Spanish and from Madrid".
It seemed a minor affair. After all, the turn to constitutionalism of Junqueras had caused divisions and even the appearance of a dissenting faction, the "Moviment 1 d'octubre". But for some reason they were insulting him, not Junqueras.
Rufián maintained that "reasonable" attitude. And at a specific moment he expressed how embarrassing it seemed to him that the Generalitat would continue to subsidize the Institut Nova Historia, an entity of pseudohistorians who affirmed things like that Columbus, Shakespeare and Leonardo Da Vinci were Catalan, or that defended the existence of an ancient "Universal Catalan Empire". The gurus of the "procés", Cucurull and Bilbeny, didn't like those statements.  The "millenary and glorious past" of the nonexistent empire.
But now, when the Spanish basketball team proclaimed world champion, Gabriel Rufián has been one of those who congratulated the team for their achievements. And that has been too much for many of the theoretical "gent de pau" (people of peace), who says "no water to the enemy". The level of insults and disqualifications received by the deputy of his own nationalist comrades far exceeds any offense he may have received from his political rivals. And as happens when the mood gets hot, the reproaches illustrate the true mentality of those who insult him: "Charnego", "Botifler" (Traitor) ... they insult him for being Spanish, for speaking Spanish, for not having Catalan blood. He's promised that "you will be buried outside the city walls"..
Probably Rufián doesn't understand it. After all, he's only doing what his boss, Oriol Junqueras, does. It only mimics the behavior of the "Catalan Mandela" that went from questioning the genetics of the Spaniards to acting as a bridge of reconciliation. Why Junqueras is keft alone and Rufian is insulted, if they both express the same ideas?
Because Junqueras is Catalan-speaking and Rufián speaks Spanish. Junqueras has his eight Catalan surnames in order and Rufián does not fit from the first one. Junqueras is a "pure" Catalan .. and Rufián just a charnego.
Surely we'll continue to see Rufián defending nationalism, and we'll surely see him again with his "Orgullo charnego" shirt, possibly something as stupid as seeing an African-American in the Bronx with a shirt that put "nigger pride" or "second-class citizen".
But the way in which nationalism treats its "useful fools" cannot and should not go unnoticed by those Spanish-speaking Catalans, nor for those children and grandchildren of immigrants who thought that nationalism could become inclusive. They'll never be accepted as full citizens. At the first discrepancy, its legitimacy will always be questioned. It's the beginning of the end of the charnego nationalism.

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