Why can’t the United States celebrate anything of his heritage, culture and history without the Politically Correct Left, which is primarily the Academic Left, calling it shameful and hate? As my mom used to say about a household of us kids, why can’t we have anything nice? Everything from the Left is anti-American and that’s the real aim.
Columbus haters say he didn’t accomplish anything because he didn’t really discover America, i.e., he didn’t even land on the United States and peoples were already here so it couldn’t be discovered, but they simultaneously say he ruined life for the indigenous peoples here. Quite an accomplishment of contradiction, if nothing else.
We celebrate numerous events in numerous cultures that came about from less-than-ideal circumstances. Do you see cultures other than white Judeo-Christian being assaulted for what are called “crimes” today by some group? No. Why judge Columbus by a different standard then other adventurers? Why not condemn the Native American tribes such as the Sioux for stealing the Black Hills by murdering the Kiowa and other tribes who were there first? Worst of all, why insist the Native Americans [ who weren’t actually native to the United States] dwell in the morass of self-pity that is taught in Native American Studies on campuses and supported by a Big Daddy government that throws welfare money to perpetuate dependency? That time in history is as gone as the farm that belonged to my family for several generations but was sold by my uncle to swore to my dying grandfather he’d never sell outside the family. My advice is anytime you see a college offer a XX Studies that would apply to you, run like heck because it will end up being a litany of victimization and hate.
Most historical changes in the world were wrought by violence and/or pain to some peoples, just as we recall during Advent the ‘weeping of Rachel for her children’ in the massacre by Herod but we still celebrate Christmas. We know the Reformation was incredibly violent but many of us are still Protestants, nobody made European descendants go back to being Catholic. Do you see Mexicans or other nations shaming themselves over and over like we do? The bottom line is that our culture today is under attack by lefties for political goals, who consistently lie or distort history to do so. Quit judging Columbus by some invented standard of the 21st Century and enjoy today for what it is.
One of the dumbest accusations against Columbus was that he deliberately brought blankets tainted with smallpox to the New World to deliberately kill the Indians, an accusation also leveled at the Pilgrims. For heaven’s sake, people, get a grip. Were Columbus and the Pilgrims Secret Master Microbiologists? They had no concept whatsoever of germs or immune systems, and certainly no idea what caused infectious diseases, nor did the top scientists of the day.
BTW, the group that most opposed the creation of Columbus Day was the KKK. Oddly enough, I’ve noted that the anti-Israel resolution adopted by the Presbyterian Church USA at their General Assembly last summer is virtually identical to stances of David Duke. The left also combines with fundamental Islam to protest and hate Israel, Jews, and America. Funny when the far left and far right combine.
In American history, the fight to make a holiday on Columbus Day actually had almost nothing to do with the actual arrival of Christopher Columbus in the western hemisphere. It wasn’t about celebrating the European conquest of the Americas or the extirpation of the native tribes.
The day was made a holiday after years of lobbying as a way of recognizing the contribution of Roman Catholics and immigrants generally to American life. It is a holiday to celebrate diversity, not to commemorate the imperial outreach of Ferdinand and Isabella, a deeply regrettable couple who were notorious oath breakers, inquisitors and anti-Semites.
For the KKK in those days, Catholics were one of the foreign influences that “real” Americans had to fight, and many Protestant whites still considered Italians, Greeks and other southern European ethnic groups to be too “swarthy” to be fully white.
Also worth reading, http://www.nationalreview.com/article/390137/take-back-columbus-day-ira-straus and
Hey, why isn’t the left furious that the Italian Columbus was hired by the virulently anti-Semitic, Jew-killing Spaniards Ferdinand and Isabella for the great adventure? Ah, anti-Semitism isn’t on the Left’s PC Grievance List.