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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.

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One refers primarily to the treatment of the indigenous populations during the European colonization of the Americas which followed Columbus's discovery. If we allow uncontrolled tearing down of memorials or unilateral reinterpretation of American history, then we will be damaging our democracy by limiting vigorous debate on our history, with all its beauty and blemishes. First, as far as Columbus goes, the guy deserves some credit, right? Respect for historical monuments should not signify blind acceptance of the values and judgments of past societies; rather, they should be instructive tools in our quest to understand our history and use it to better meet the challenges of the present. Venezuela[ edit ] Statue-less plinth in Caracas in Many cities that have eliminated Columbus Day itself have maintained one hallmark of the holiday: the parade. Colon, unaware of the other aircraft flew over the storm and safely made it to Panama City. In contrast to "the myth," Solomon quotes Las Casas, who describes Spaniards driven by "insatiable greed"—"killing, terrorizing, afflicting, and torturing the native peoples" with "the strangest and most varied new methods of cruelty" and how systematic violence was aimed at preventing "[American] Indians from daring to think of themselves as human beings. Under the likely influence of the Venezuelan government, the statue of Columbus was removed from its original position near the Casa Rosada and replaced by one of Juana Azurduy. A statue by the 19th century sculptor De la Cova, which formerly occupied the plinth, was knocked down by activists after a "public trial" during the celebrations of the newly instituted "Day of the Indigenous Resistance" October 12 in But your professor probably has taught you the tale of Columbus as a villain, usually as a starting off point to indict the United States as a whole, often relying on a few key myths and some pivotal lies by omission. They celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day instead.

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.

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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.

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