Denying your heritage and whitewashing history is now trendy. San Francisco jumped onto the bandwagon this week and ditched Columbus Day. The “woke” city will be celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day.
There’s nothing wrong with celebrating Native American history. Make Indigenous Peoples Day a federal holiday if you want, close the banks and send the kids home from school.
Don’t, however, try to replace Columbus Day. People may not like it, but Columbus represents a significant part of American history. His crimes, whatever they were, were committed long ago. 2018 social justice warriors should be careful, they have a habit of judging historical figures by their own moral code.
“This is about our Italian heritage, it’s the only day that’s recognized for us,” Guido Perego of the SF Italian Athletic Club complained. “And quite honestly we’re just sort of being pushed to the side.”
The spokesman for California Association of Tribal Governments, Will Micklin, said, meanwhile, said: “He didn’t discover America. We were here. When Columbus landed, oppression, subjugation, dominance, and genocide followed. We don’t think that deserves a holiday.”
Columbus Day is celebrated by people who understand nuance and respect the good that resulted from Columbus’ famous voyage. America’s early days was often bloody, regrettable deeds were committed regularly.
But those days happened. They existed. No amount of complaining can change the fact Christopher Columbus introduced Western Europe to the Americas.
“This is in no way an attack or criticism on anyone’s culture or race or ideological beliefs,” San Francisco city supervisor Malia Cohen said.
Tell that to the city’s Italian Athletic Club. “The vote was 10-to-1 with Supervisor Aaron Peskin voting no. He represents the historically Italian North Beach neighborhood,” the New York Post reported.
Liberals often ignore the damage they cause when they steamroll over tradition. They want to be edgy, sophisticated but instead, they’re coming across as bullies.