“Give me a break.” The undeniable historical event was that “in 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” Someone with some knowledge of native American history should come up with a date commemorating a day of equally positive significance to native Americans — the rise of the Maya or Aztec or Inca empires, the Iroquois Confederacy, or even Little Big Horn. Renaming Columbus Day to “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” does not make it a commemoration of such an event.
In 1970 our enviro-nazis invented “earth day,” April 20 — LENIN’s birthday. Coincidence? NO.
As I child in communist Hungary I was told that December 25 was Stalin’s birthday. No kidding.
Hitting closer to people’s sensitivities, note the confusion of Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year, just about at the time of the winter solstice, or Passover and Easter, just about at the time of the spring equinox. The Roman emperor in charge of the calendar could have been culturally sensitive and designated other dates (the new year used to be in March). History is full of similar examples of such deliberately, culturally imperialist reassignment of traditional days of observance. We don’t need yet another one. Columbus Day may not have to be a holiday with paid time off for bank and government employees, but the historical fact cannot be erased by a stupid bill. Pick another day for “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” and let’s all celebrate it by remembering and embracing the contributions native Americans have been and are making to our great nation.
My look at SB105 (columbus day) shows all for it except one apparently racist white guy against it. I look forward to seeing your thoughts on this bill on the LCB website. Thank you for writing your short history, it piqued my interest on this bill I had passed over. This is a shining example of why we need this independent review of the bills we are being barraged with. Like I said I passed up this one originally.
Not that I am racist but white people are losing control of this continent.
Nobody but whites can be racists. Everybody else gets a pass. PC 101.
As someone who was born and partly raised in a country that was repeatedly overrun and occupied by foreign armies throughout its history, most recently during WW2, bombing, strafing, looting, raping, and murdering civilians, then taken over by nazi and communist quisling hordes running a brutal dictatorship on behalf of foreign occupiers (which is the part I got to experience as a kid), I can certainly feel an emotional connection to a people from whom an entire continent has been taken. But most certainly I would NOT pick “liberation day” (when the Red Army swept through Hungary) as a day to memorialize anything; it’s best ignored and forgotten. So yes, I do have a problem with the RACIST logic of taking Columbus Day — a day of infamy as far as the Indians are concerned — and PRESERVE it under another name. Doing that is just as stupid as taking the day when the British looted and burned the White House, and renaming it Renovation Day. We wouldn’t do that, we didn’t do that; it’s too stupid. Well, doing that to Columbus Day is just as stupid.
Columbus Day has world-wide significance because it ushered in an age of enduring global exploration, global empires, global commerce and eventually even global cultural awareness. Nothing on that scale has been achieved before, not by the Chinese, the Greeks, the Romans, the Arabs or anybody else. The real objection today is that it was done by western Europeans. THAT is what makes the objection to Columbus Day an example of racism, nothing but politically correct racism.