He quotes from the logbook Columbus's initial description of the American Indians: "They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance Or does it serve to recognize and affirm the overlooked history and contributions of Native Americans?
At some point, they decided to roll the dice and go with the guys sporting funny beards and metal hats. Does it dishonor the heritage of Italian-Americans, a group that has also faced discrimination? There are no large-scale patriotic parades, marches or other events, but shops and businesses are closed as with other bank holidays.
Happy Columbus Day, ya filthy animals. Columbus is not the issue here, and never was. All comments are moderated by the Learning Network staff, but please keep in mind that once your comment is accepted, it will be made public.
Viola, president and chief operating officer of the National Italian American Foundation, argued: I appreciate that for many people, including some Italian-Americans, the celebration of Columbus is viewed as belittling the suffering of indigenous peoples at the hands of Europeans.
First, as far as Columbus goes, the guy deserves some credit, right? But the one that stands head and shoulders above the rest is Columbus Day—the day where progressives indoctrinate your children into believing Columbus to be Satan incarnate, the USA to be his evil spawn, and the Native Americans to be pacifists.
In Baltimore, activists took a sledgehammer to a foot-tall obelisk erected in —believed to be the first monument to Columbus in an American city—prompting a debate as to whether it should be replaced or restored.
We at the National Italian American Foundation strongly condemn the defacing of historical monuments and expect elected officials and law enforcement to protect our public memorials from further damage so that a true conversation on their place in modern society can be organized.
I have never been one to blindly uphold any single figure as the representative of all things Italian-American, since all individuals are flawed, and all monuments represent just a snapshot of our history, now measured against 21st-century sensibilities.