Nuggets of Wisdom

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Happy Belated Columbus Day

Yesterday marked another Columbus Day—the day most people celebrate to commemorate Columbus’s discovery of America, and a day other people hate for commemorating an alleged genocidal maniac.

Political correctness tends to smear American history. It claims American is a country built on slavery, genocide, and oppression. It claims the Founding Fathers were hypocrites for claiming all men were created equal while owning African slaves. It claims the Confederate flag is a racist symbol which represents slavery and white supremacy. And it also claims Columbus was a genocidal maniac whose crew slaughtered, raped, and enslaved the natives they encountered. According to political correctness, Christopher Columbus is just as evil as Adolf Hitler, and as such should not be commemorated with his own day.

Maybe Columbus wasn’t the noble explorer schoolchildren picture him to be, and perhaps his evil deeds should be mentioned along with his good. However, he was the first European to discover America. Maybe there were people living in America centuries before Columbus discovered it, and perhaps the Vikings were technically the first Europeans to discover America, but if it were not for Columbus, Europeans would never had known about the New World, and America would never have been founded.

And let’s not pretend that the natives his crew oppressed were the noble savages of myth. The natives of the Caribbean were warmongers known for practicing cannibalism and human sacrifice. Moreover, the natives who were sold into slavery actually practiced slavery themselves (how ironic). This does not excuse Columbus for what his crew did, but it does show that the natives were no better than Columbus’ crew, if not worse.

Like him or not, Columbus is an important figure in American history, and it is his discovery, not his life, which we commemorate every October 12th.

In closing, here are a few videos made by P.C. zombies: