Signed into law by one of the Left’s favorite Progressives, FDR back in 1937, it seems that this day of celebrating all things Christopher Columbus might be in its final death throws.
Instead of making construction paper replicas of the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria today elementary school children in Berkley, Seattle and Minneapolis will have to make peace pipes out toilet paper rolls for the more politically correct October celebration of Indigenous People’s Day.
Of course, the story of Columbus is fairly nuanced. Sure, he didn’t actually discover America, and yes, he went to his deathbed believing he had landed in the West Indies.
Then there are the reports that Columbus when he wasn’t busy raping, enslaving, and sharpening his swords with the flesh of natives of the Guanaja, he would also cough all over them.
Historically, the stories of genocide originate from Francisco de Bobadilla, the guy who coveted Columbus’ post Governor of Hispaniola. A few whispers here and there, and Francisco de Bobadilla landed the title of Governor for a whooping two years, because in a karmatic twist, another gentleman took up a whisper campaign against him.
That gentleman was Fray Nicolás de Ovando y Cáceres, and his seven year governorship showed the native Taino just exactly what real 1500’s Spanish oppression was all about.
Anyways, in October of 1500, Columbus wrote in a private letter to Doña Juana de Torres (a close friend in the Spanish Court) just how he wanted history to view him, “I should be judged as a captain who went from Spain to the Indies to conquer a people numerous and warlike, whose manners and religion are very different from ours, who live in sierras and mountains, without fixed settlements, and where by divine will I have placed under the sovereignty of the King and Queen our Lords, an Other World, whereby Spain, which was reckoned poor, is become the richest of countries.”
Yeah, well…The Minneapolis City Council claims changing the holiday is simply a move to, “Reflect upon the ongoing struggles of Indigenous people on this land, and to celebrate the thriving culture and value that Dakota, Ojibwa and other indigenous nations add to our city.”
Ongoing struggles? It’s so true! Honestly, who could possibly be more oppressed than the Elizabeth Warrens of the world?