The Wall Street Journal ran an article yesterday titled “Is the Columbus Holiday Sailing Off the Map?” in which they explain why Columbus Day is no longer a noteworthy holiday for some.
This gives me an excellent opportunity to celebrate the day and do a little green-blogging (aka “re-cycling posts”).
From the vaults to your eyes: “Goodbye Columbus” in which we mourn the demise of the holiday at Brown University.
As noted in the WSJ article:
His supporters acknowledge Columbus took slaves back to Spain and opened the door to conquistadors who killed Native Americans. But much of the criticism is built on "judging a 16th century man by 21st century standards," says Dona De Sanctis of the Order Sons of Italy in America, a group of half a million Italian-Americans that tries to defend Columbus' legacy.
And yet, in the morass of multiculturalism, we refuse to hold 21st century men accountable for practicing 16th century customs.