It’s Columbus Day, which means it’s time for the wokescolds to dunk on the man that we should be remembering and honoring.
Columbus Day was declared a national holiday by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1934.
Just like he did last year, President Biden issued two proclamations for Oct. 10, 2022, naming it both Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
This is caving into a vocal group of anti-Columbus zealots, who, for the last 20 or so years, has been pushing to change Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day and erase the significance of Christopher Columbus altogether based on distorted, selective history and outright lies.
Much of this has been the result of Howard Zinn’s atrocious history text, A People’s History of the United States, that is used widely in public schools. In it, Zinn used ellipses to bypass large swaths of source documents in order to push his preferred narratives. Zinn’s selective history of Columbus, which paints him paints him as a man hell-bent on the domination of native peoples, has fueled the calls to erase him as an admirable historical figure.
People today are judging a man from 500 years ago on the morality of today and it’s asinine. History is complicated and so are people — no one is perfect. But to focus solely on Columbus’s faults without acknowledging the incredible accomplishments is a disservice to history and to the West.
The Wall Street Journal reports that “Cities Struggle With Columbus Statues as Holiday Approaches” and chronicles the legal battles by those that are fighting back to keep the statues of Columbus.
Two years after statues of Christopher Columbus were caught up in protests following the killing of George Floyd, some cities are still vexed about what to do with them, as interest groups continue to fight about whether the explorer should be celebrated or sidelined.
In Pittsburgh, a 13-foot-tall likeness of the Genoa-born explorer has been wrapped in plastic while a court battle plays out. Chicago’s mayor has yet to decide what to do with two Columbus statues the city removed in 2020. Meanwhile, a statue of Columbus sculpted this past spring to replace one that protesters threw into Baltimore’s harbor two years ago has yet to find a home…
…Italian-American organizations have filed state lawsuits in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Chicago, and two federal lawsuits, in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, aimed at protecting statues of Columbus or preserving his namesake holiday where there are efforts to change it to Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
“We’re not going to sit still and allow others to erase any meaningful part of our history,” said Basil Russo, president of the Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations. Dozens of Italian-American groups that were historically focused on their ties to a home region have unified around the campaign, he said.
Source: Wall Street Journal
Many Columbus statues were erected after 11 Italian Americans were lynched in New Orleans in 1891 in the largest mob lynching in American history.
George Bochetto, an attorney for the Italian Sons and Daughters of America, a group fighting to preserve the statue of Columbus in Philadelphia said, “Those of us who are fighting to preserve and save the Columbus statues are not saying that other ethnic groups are not entitled to their monuments or holidays.”
As the statues of Christopher Columbus are toppled by people who will never do anything anywhere near as great as he did, it’s time to bring in some facts to counter the lies being spread by the left.
A staunch defender of Christopher Columbus is Michael Knowles of the Daily Wire.
Here’s his Prager U video on Columbus from a couple of years ago:
— PragerU (@prageru) October 10, 2022
Last year, Knowles debunked the lies about Columbus on Dave Rubin’s show:
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 canceled…
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.
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