I'm Sharif, a New Yorker, and this last September I went to Europe. In Barcelona I accidentally joined a huge demonstration. 1.5 million people took to the streets demanding independence of Catalonia from Spain. Then I realized that funny enough the city that most people relate to Spain doesn't want to be Spanish at all.
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In the city of Tarragona, Spain, castellers gather every two years to see who can build the highest, most intricate human castles. This Catalan tradition requires astonishing strength, finesse, and balance. Not to mention courage.
A few days ago I got a tweet from Adina. She lives in New York and speaks Catalan. We met and talked about the oppression of the Catalan language . The more I learn about the Catalans the more their story resonates with the history of the African Americans in the USA.
The other day I went to babysit and read to the beautiful newborn child the article 'Time for more nations' by Casey B.Mulligan (http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/28/a-time-for-more-nations/). It appeared in the New York Times just after the victory of the separatist parties in Catalonia. For the first time in history the separatist hold a majority in the Catalan Parliament. One day they will be free from Spain.