Despite President Biden’s proclamation that Monday is Indigenous Peoples’ Day, that doesn’t stop it from being Columbus Day. Nor should it.
On October 8, President Biden signed a proclamation announcing that October 11 — Columbus Day — was also officially going to be recognized as Indigenous People’s Day.
The proclamation said that indigenous peoples have been mistreated throughout America’s history — that’s clearly true, but wasn’t exactly one-sided despite what historical revisionists like to insist. Even though there have been atrocities committed by both sides, only one is vilified and the other is lauded, “…we recognize Indigenous peoples’ resilience and strength as well as the immeasurable positive impact that they have made on every aspect of American society.”
You know who Biden doesn’t want to acknowledge as an “immesurable positive impact”? The guy that discovered America.
He did sign a proclamation for Columbus Day which focuses on Columbus as an Italian and says that it should be a day of reflection “on America’s spirit of exploration, on the courage and contributions of Italian Americans throughout the generations, on the dignity and resilience of Tribal Nations and Indigenous communities, and on the work that remains ahead of us to fulfill the promise of our Nation for all.”
So, even on Columbus Day, we have to focus on the Indigenous communities and self-flagellate for the harms done to Indigenous peoples in the past.
As expected, the blue-eyed, high-cheekboned, Fauxcahontas tweeted about Indigenous Peoples’ Day and reiterated how the federal government needs to “honor its promises to Native peoples.”
I’m glad to stand with tribal nations and Native communities as we celebrate their remarkable contributions, cultures, and resilience on #IndigenousPeoplesDay. It’s time the federal government also honors its promises to Native peoples.
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) October 11, 2021
What promises exactly have yet to be honored in 2021?
What we need is some comprehensive Christopher Columbus education to dispel the mountain of disinformation that is out there about the man that traversed the Atlantic Ocean in wooden boats over 500 years ago.
Christopher Columbus is “problematic” to many on the left because they (selectively) view history through the lens of modern sensibilities and predetermine who are the “good guys” and who are the “bad guys.”
The fact is, there are good and bad things with everyone — this is what makes them human. I recall reading somewhere that “there is no one righteous, no not one.” The same is true for culture — is the left’s current sensibilities on, say, advocating for aborting innocent babies in the womb as a means of birth control going to stand the test of time? I don’t think so.
But, to the left, Western Civilization is always bad and any other option is preferable. What is astonishing is the blatant disregard of recorded history to paint indigenous groups as inherently virtuous pacifists, focused on the environment, and oppressed by the white man. That’s not exactly how things were back in the day.
Of course, you wouldn’t know that if you went to a public school that uses the horrid History text by Howard Zinn who used the ellipses to bypass large swaths of source documents in order to prove his point. This was illustrated in a clip from The Sopranos where Tony’s son, A.J. was reading Zinn’s book, A People’s History of the United States, which paints Columbus as a man hell-bent on the domination of native peoples.
The full video has been removed which included Tony’s defense of Columbus, but you can sorta see where the vilification of Columbus here:
Zinn’s selective history is dangerous, and it a huge part of why there is an outpouring of hatred for Christopher Columbus.
Mary Grabar, author of “Debunking Howard Zinn“ wrote in The Federalist that it is the legacy of Zinn that is causing the pushback on Columbus.
Zinn died in 2010, but his work continues on through the Zinn Education Project that in September collaborated with the Smithsonian in offering credit-bearing “teach-in” classes on abolishing Columbus Day for teachers. On October 8 they mailed out a newsletter that lauded two states, Maine and New Mexico, and cities, such as Columbus, Ohio, and Alexandria, Virginia, that in the past year replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day. Also just joining the list are Washington, D.C. and Princeton, New Jersey.
The newsletter urged teachers to purchase and download their materials to lead students in lobbying their schools and cities to join the effort to “Abolish Columbus Day.”
“Celebrating Columbus means celebrating colonialism, celebrating racism, celebrating genocide,” the newsletter announced. Instead, “tribute” should be paid “to the people who were here first, who are still here, and who are leading the struggle for a sustainable planet.”
The political agenda is clear. Like Zinn himself, the project presents the American Indian as one amorphous mass embodying the stereotype of communistic pacifist feminists. It’s the “Usable Indian,” which at one time embodied the “savage,” but then in the 1960s the hippie. The Indian serves as proxy in the never-ending “struggle.”
In the 1960s and 1970s it was for free love and ending a war against Communist North Vietnam. Today, it’s for “a sustainable planet”—or the Marxist Green New Deal and for casting all patriotic white people as “white nationalists.”
Source: The Federalist
Micheal Knowles of the Daily Wire had an excellent video on Christopher Columbus last Columbus Day that gave a very different picture of Columbus than the flat portrait that Howard Zinn paints.
So, to sum up, Columbus:
- was a visionary
- was a devout Catholic
- was a trans-national, illiterate man of low birth who was self-taught and able to do what others hadn’t been able to — cross the Atlantic Ocean with no real navigation tools
- discovered an entire new world
- was not racist against indigenous peoples — adopting an indigenous boy as his son
- embodies everything that the Left hates — Western Civilization
Ah, those pesky facts getting in the way of a good narrative.
There’s one more reason why Columbus shouldn’t be cancelled…
Christopher Columbus had detractors in his own time and he addressed them in his 1503 report to the King and Queen of Spain, “let those who are fond of blaming and finding fault, while they sit safely at home, ask, ‘Why did you not do thus and so?’ I wish they were on this voyage; I well believe another voyage of another kind awaits them.”
Did Christopher Columbus just say that his critics should go to hell? Yes, I believe he did.
Christopher Columbus was a badass.