Remember a few months ago when the affluent, predominantly white, town of Randolph in Morris County decided not only to drop Columbus Day, but then to get rid of almost all holidays, including Thanksgiving? It should simply be replaced as ‘Day Off’ in the calendar. They had joined other New Jersey counties to distance themselves from Columbus Day.
But then they reconsidered the whole thing. If you look at their online school calendar today, it shows Columbus Day on October 11th.
Do you remember when Camden and Newark removed statues of Christopher Columbus? One explorer discovering America was simply too controversial because he was concerned with slavery and human suffering.
Well, the demolition culture that led many districts to rename the day needs to take a deep look into their own souls. If you want to replace Columbus with indigenous peoples, you need to know that they acted in the same slavery. And they did that long before they knew a European.
From the book “Cannibalism, Headhunting, and Human Sacrifice in North America: A Forgotten Story”:
“Long before white Europeans knew there was a North American continent, Indians in the Northern Plains massacred entire villages. And not just killed, but mutilated. Hands and feet were cut off, the head of each corpse was scalped, the remains were left scattered all over the village, which was burned. “
To name a few of the Native American tribes that practiced slavery, the Pawnee, the Klamath, the Comanchee of Texas, the Creek of Georgia, and the Yurok of California. Many Indian tribes practiced slavery long before Europeans knew about America.
So here we are in 2021 with fighters for social justice determined to erase the memory of Christopher Columbus through slavery and brutality while honoring indigenous peoples who have practiced the exact same thing.
I think we still have a Washington Monument in the capital of our country. Owned slaves, right? You can bet the demolition culture will be picked up long before it addresses the slave trade by indigenous peoples like the Haida and Tlingit of Alaska. They were fierce warriors who penetrated as far as California and prisoners of their wars were taken as slaves and even the children of the slaves were kept as slaves.
So you want to celebrate brutality and be born into slavery? Go ahead and say hello to Indigenous Peoples Day and avoid Columbus.
The actual problem? Time and again we judge our historical figures by today’s standards. Imagine if the things we are doing now are scrutinized 500 years from now. What will they say about how we dealt with abortion? Prisoners treated? Any social norm we have, as far as we know, can be turned upside down, and we will all be complicit in crimes we cannot yet see.
Enjoy your Columbus day. And if that offended you, I’m not sorry.
The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of talk show host Jeff Deminski, New Jersey 101.5. All opinions expressed are those of Jeff Deminski.
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