Columbus may have outfoxed the Spanish court and his rivals, but he is falling victim to the court of political correctness. The explorer who discovered America has become controversial because the very idea of America has become controversial.
Columbus Day parades are met with protests and some have been minimized or eliminated.
In Seattle, Columbus Day became Indigenous People's Day, which sounds like a Marxist terrorist group's holiday.
The shift from celebrating Columbus' arrival in America to commemorating it as an American Nakba by focusing on the Indians, rather than the Americans, is a profound form of historical revisionism that hacks away at the origins of this country.
No American state has followed Venezuela's lead in renaming it Día de la Resistencia Indígena, or Day of Indigenous Resistance, which actually is a Marxist terrorist group's holiday, the whole notion of celebrating the discovery of America has come to be seen as somehow shameful and worst of all, politically incorrect.
Anti-Columbus Day protests are mounted by La Raza, whose members, despite their indigenous posturing, are actually mostly descended from Spanish colonists, but who know that most
American liberals are too confused to rationally frame an objection to a
protest by any minority group.
About the only thing sillier than a group of people emphasizing their collective identity as a Spanish speaking people, and denouncing Columbus as an imperialist exploiter is Ward Churchill, a fake Indian, who compared Columbus to Heinrich Himmler. Ward Churchill's scholarship consists of comparing Americans in past history and current events to random Nazis. If he hasn't yet compared Amerigo Vespucci or Daniel Boone to Ernst Röhm; it's only a matter of time.
The absurdity of these attacks is only deepened by the linguistic and cultural ties between the Italian Columbus Day marchers and the Latino Anti-Columbus Day protesters with the latter set cynically exploiting white guilt to pretend that being the descendants of Southern European colonists makes them a minority.
If being descended from Southern Europeans makes you a minority, then Columbus, the parade marchers, the Greek restaurant owner nearby and even Rush Limbaugh are all "people of color."
Italian-Americans are the only bulwark against political correctness still keeping Columbus on the calendar, and that has made mayors and governors in cities and states with large Italian-American communities wary of tossing the great explorer completely overboard. But while Ferdinand and Isabella may have brought Columbus back in chains, modern day political correctness has banished him to the darkened dungeon of non-personhood, erasing him from history and replacing him with a note reading, "I'm Sorry We Ever Landed Here."
But this is about more than one single 15th century Genoan with a complicated life who was neither a monster nor a saint. It is about whether America really has any right to exist at all. Is there any argument against celebrating Columbus Day, that cannot similarly be applied to the Fourth of July?
If Columbus is to be stricken from the history books in favor of ideological thugs like Malcolm X or Caesar Chavez, then America must soon follow. Columbus' crime is that he enabled European settlement of the continent.
If the settlement of non-Indians in North America is illegitimate, then any national state they created is also illegitimate.
It is easier to hack away at a nation's history by beginning with the lower branches.
Columbus is an easier target than America itself, though La Raza considers both colonialist vermin. Americans are less likely to protest over the banishment of Columbus to the politically correct Gulag than over the banishing America itself, which was named after another one of those colonialist explorers, Amerigo Vespucci. First they came for Columbus Day and then for the Fourth of July.
The battles being fought over Columbus Day foreshadow the battles to be fought over the Fourth of July. As Columbus Day joins the list of banned holidays in more cities, one day there may not be a Fourth of July, just a day of Native Resistance to remember the atrocities of the colonists with PBS documentaries comparing George Washington to Hitler.
These documentaries already exist, they just haven't gone mainstream. Yet.
We celebrate Columbus Day and the Fourth of July because history is written by the winners. Had the Aztecs, the Mayans or the Iroquois Confederation developed the necessary technology and skills to cross the Atlantic and begin colonizing Europe, the fate of its native inhabitants would have been far uglier. The different perspectives on history often depend on which side you happen to be on.
To Americans, the Alamo is a shining moment of heroism. To the Mexicans who are the heirs of a colonialist empire far more ruthless than anything to be found north of the Rio Grande, the war was a plot to conquer Mexican territory. And neither side is altogether wrong, but choosing which version of history to go by is the difference between being an American or a Mexican.
A nation's mythology, its paragons and heroes, its founding legends and great deeds, are its soul. To replace them with another culture's perspective on its history is to kill that soul.
That is the ultimate goal of political correctness, to kill America's soul. To stick George Washington, Patrick Henry, Jefferson, James Bowie, Paul Revere, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and all the rest on a shelf in a back room somewhere, and replace them with timelier liberal heroes. Move over Washington, Caesar Chavez needs this space. No more American heroes need apply.
Followed of course by no more America.
This is how it begins. And that is how it ends. Nations are not destroyed by atomic bombs or economic catastrophes; they are lost when they lose any reason to go on living. When they no longer have enough pride to go on fighting to survive.
The final note of politically correct lunacy comes from a headline in the Columbus Dispatch about the Columbus Day festival in the city of Columbus, Ohio. "Italian Festival honors controversial explorer with its own Columbus Day parade".
Once the great discover of America, Columbus is now dubbed "controversial" by a newspaper named after him, in a city named after him .And if he is controversial, how can naming a city after him and a newspaper after the city not be equally controversial?
Can the day when USA Today has a headline reading, "Some cities still plan controversial 4th of July celebration of American independence" be far behind?
Solutrean Culture Europeans were here long before these Indian types ruined the neighborhood. I want full reparations and a Government entitlement program.ReplyDelete
My family use to own Manhattan and we didn't get a cent for it. Not $24,not some pretty cool beads, no mirrors nothing. Just a Tomahawk. Pay up now you imperialist aggressor redskins.
Really. ..your family, in specific, owned Manhattan.Delete
Rather than worrying about what Europeans think isn't it time the Jewish people got paid for Roman imperialist aggression? I also want payment from Asia and South America. They stood by while it happened. Oligarchy at its worst.ReplyDelete
The irony of being a Spanish speaking person in the New World screaming out against immigration to claim the day 'as their own' is priceless.ReplyDelete
Yeah, well I found a cure for cancer, but I'm not going to tell anyone what it is until it's published by BigPhama!ReplyDelete
Tom Bowden has written the definitive defense of Columbus, and exposed the anti-Western, anti-reason agenda of his detractors.ReplyDelete
"The Enemies of Christopher Columbus"
As an Italian I am offended by such trivial garbage . Just a reminder many whites men , woman and children pioneers where scalped by so called peaceful natives and who knows if Europeans hadnt come to the New World Indians would still be riding in canoes(not cars) , sending messages with smoke signals (no cell phones)and killing each other off as they often did back in the old days.ReplyDelete
There is little confirmation that Columbus was the first European in the Americas.ReplyDelete
Scots-Irish likely to have reached Canada five hundred years earlier, Vikings in Greenland and Newfoundland earlier than that.
"Native Americans" two thousand years prior, and possibly people from what is now Australia much earlier.
But to denigrate Native Americans is to not know of their connections to the Kingdom of King Solomon.
"They who cannot endure history shall be crushed by it."ReplyDelete
Brilliant, Daniel. Just simply brilliant! Max.ReplyDelete
Columbus was a monster. His quest for profit gave us tobacco and slavery. His courage in crossing the ocean was creditable, but at enormous cost.ReplyDelete
Monster for you and YOUR TIME maybe, neither monster nor saint in the day as Daniel saidDelete
Christopher Columbus was a great man. The opening up of the western world was a truly wonderful thing.ReplyDelete
Indians would have continued on in their merciless human sacrifice without European intervention.
Can we just have a holiday, a parade, or a party without some self-righteous prig trying to harsh our mellow? So what if C.Columbus wasn't the 'first,' or if he was a terrible person, America needed some history, something to celebrate and he was chosen.ReplyDelete
"His quest for profit gave us tobacco and slavery."ReplyDelete
Thanks for shedding light on the subject. I guess the original Arab and African commerce in African slaves had nothing whatever to do with slavery.
Profit? Yes, human adventure is a lamentable thing, indeed. Unfortunately, you can't put the tooth paste back into the tube. Perhaps you could purge your guilt by setting aside your iPad and flying off to west Africa in a grand act of contrition. After all, it's the logical thing to do.
Liberals are so worried about the history of America being wrong that they are fast giving up he sovereignty of the present America. I wish they'd worry more about why our national debt and our everyday bills keep skyrocketing while they ponder the legitimacy of the most wonderful country on Earth.ReplyDelete
How come the anti-Semites haven't picked up on the fact that Columbus was probably a Jew (a Marrano), his voyage was not financed by Queen Isabella but similar Marranos and what he was really seeking was a safe haven for Jews far away from the atrocities in Europe.ReplyDelete
Those damn Italians. Did you see what they did when the marched into Gaul and Germania over 1000 years ago. Let's not even get started on Carthage. We were all just a bunch of happy monkeys until they showed up.ReplyDelete
"His quest for profit..." Oh please, all exploration was done for some kind of profit, be it gold or the fountain of youth..ReplyDelete
"Grow up" as dear Joan would have said.
What does any of this have to do with a swiss bigot?ReplyDelete
No though of your own scratchReplyDelete
Sophie, Sophie, Sophie, we are not allowed to do things for profit in the Era of Pseudo Altruism. I thought you knew that, for heaven’s sake. Columbus cannot be counted as a meaningful figure in history because he, you know, did something no one else had done, for the simple slip up that he didn’t launch for parts unknown without first declaring his intentions were to expand the outreach programs of Spain to establish aid and assistance to the great unknown populations of the world.ReplyDelete
Anon, yes, damn those Italians.
We should no longer resist their brilliant logic and saintly intentions to better America, and we should agree to consider changing the Country to emulate the one they think is the best. They will certainly have examples that have teachers' unions, extremely generous social benefits that preclude the need to work, a strong police force (state), freedom from religion and beheading, open borders so those social benefits can be shared by the World, and what else? Are the other rights guaranteed by the Constitution necessary? Share the wealth? Which Country does that? Ask them what they really want and wait for the answer.ReplyDelete
They can't answer, and they won't, but we want to know what will make them happy and we're waiting for them to tell us.
Anonymous wrote: "How come the anti-Semites haven't picked up on the fact that Columbus was probably a Jew (a Marrano), his voyage was not financed by Queen Isabella but similar Marranos and what he was really seeking was a safe haven for Jews far away from the atrocities in Europe."ReplyDelete
Perhaps you read this in Elie Wiesel's "Sails of Hope" or some similar source. I have also read that Columbus was actually a Catalan who hid his nationality because King Ferdinand's father had been particularly ruthless in putting down a Catalan bid for independence. There is, however, no evidence that he was anything other than what he said he was: The intelligent, adventurous son of a Genoese wool-weaver. Is there any reason to believe anything else, given the documentary evidence in both Italy and Spain?
This article's latter portion tries to trace the etiology of that notion--the Jewish identity of Columbus.
Columbus & the Jews 11.01.92 - 12:00 AM | by Jonathan D. Sarna
La Raza the tan klan, spreading more of their hatred about. Columbus coming to the Americas brought Christianity to a people who were totally in bondage to Satan doing human sacrifices.ReplyDelete
According to an article by Rachel Delle Benaim in the Jewish Daily Forward Columbus, actual name Cristobol Colon didn't speak Italian and his last will and testament was in Spanish.ReplyDelete
What should be done then? Go back as far as possible and "redistribute" people to the places in which their ancestry can be traced? Re-create the entire world based upon the non-white grievances against the white man?ReplyDelete
Meema, How could I have been so selfish ? Thinking money and power motivate people to even unintentionally do good things at times ?ReplyDelete
Yes, I'm sure Columbus was an early missionary to the 'underserved' Caribe Indians..Somehow he just knew they were out there..
Seriously, we cannot underestimate the importance of trade routes to those early explorers, overland routes being fraught with danger and deprivation, still, those early ships were not exactly cruise ships were they? Of course, they did include meals,sort of, at least until the food ran out, but no shows or midnight buffets. Rats and disease, however, were welcome..And we think space travel is scary..
For further research see: The Light & The Glory by Peter Marshall/David Manuel, in which Columus' diary was translated from the Portuguese to English, in which he stated his reasons for his voyages (hint: NOT gold, etc.)ReplyDelete
Columbus never discovered anything he set out to. He did not name America, one cannot find an already inhabited land. You mean he discovered it for Europeans. Come correct or get out. It's about time that BS was axed.ReplyDelete