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Dan Gilmore / Oct. 12, 2015

The Left Is Simplifying the Message of Columbus Day

How can the arc of history bend toward justice unless it’s tweaked?

Today is the only day of the year when the Left loathes remembering the arrival of a group of undocumented immigrants looking for economic opportunity in America. The history of Christopher Columbus and the European explorers is certainly mixed — for example, with Hernán Cortés and his conquistadors on one side, and cannibalistic sacrifice by the natives on the other — but the Left would rather, er, whitewash the uncomfortable and nuanced discussions for a simplistic view of history. Nine cities across the country issued declarations celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day this second Monday in October instead of the federal holiday remembering ol’ Columbus. In addition to the furor to wipe out the legacy of the Confederate States of America and other “politically incorrect” chapters of our nation’s history, the Left wants to control how we think about Native Americans. As CBS News reports, “Columbus Day supporters say the holiday celebrates centuries of cultural exchange between America and Europe, commemorates an iconic explorer and honors Italian-Americans, a group that has endured its own share of discrimination.” This bickering comes as California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Sunday banning the state’s schools from using the name “Redskins” for any team names and mascots. After all, how can the arc of history bend toward justice unless it’s tweaked?

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