Back in 2011, I first wrote about the anti-American movement to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
In California, Columbus Day became Indigenous People’s Day, which sounds vaguely like a Marxist terrorist group’s holiday. No American state has followed Venezuela’s lead in renaming it Día de la Resistencia Indígena, or Day of Indigenous Resistance, which actually is a Marxist terrorist group’s holiday, the whole notion of celebrating the discovery of America has come to be seen as somehow shameful and worst of all, politically incorrect.
Is there any argument against celebrating Columbus Day, that cannot similarly be applied to the Fourth of July?
If Columbus is to be stricken from the history books in favor of ideological thugs like Malcolm X or Caesar Chavez, then America must soon follow. Columbus’ crime is that he enabled European settlement of the continent. If the settlement of non-Indians in North America is illegitimate, then any national state they created is also illegitimate.
A decade later, that’s obvious to everyone.
The Left has taken over the Democrats and is driving them to embrace every hateful call for destroying America.
Biden, or rather the staffers pulling his worn strings, has already embraced Indigenous Peoples’ Day while attacking Columbus.
“Our country was conceived on a promise of equality and opportunity for all people — a promise that, despite the extraordinary progress we have made through the years, we have never fully lived up to,” Biden’s proclamation falsely claims. “We must never forget the centuries-long campaign of violence, displacement, assimilation, and terror wrought upon Native communities and Tribal Nations throughout our country.”
For Columbus Day, Biden’s proclamation reads like it could have been lifted from Howard Zinn.
“Today, we also acknowledge the painful history of wrongs and atrocities that many European explorers inflicted on Tribal Nations and Indigenous communities,” Biden’s proclamation contends.”For Native Americans, western exploration ushered in a wave of devastation: violence perpetrated against Native communities, displacement and theft of Tribal homelands, the introduction and spread of disease, and more.”
The proclamation for Leif Erikson Day however leaves out any censure. Vikings are apparently okay.
“Eight centuries after Leif Erikson’s expedition, on October 9, 1825, six Norwegian families arrived in New York City in search of freedom and opportunity. This first group of organized Norwegian immigrants to the United States blazed a new path that fellow Norwegians — as well as Danes, Finns, Icelanders, and Swedes — soon followed, establishing communities in the Great Lakes States, in the northern Great Plains, in enclaves among northern United States cities, and elsewhere across our country. These Northern European settlers have become part of America’s rich tapestry, and through service, sacrifice, and countless contributions they have fortified America’s culture, society, and economy.”
Leif Erikson, the Vikings, and Norwegian settlers are fine. But Columbus and the Italians are evil. This is the deranged state of Dem identity politics.