Depressed by the election? Here’s evidence that things sometimes really do get better too.
The Columbus Day
Parade is once again alive and well in
In celebration, I
decided to go to
You might wonder:
what’s a Comanche Indian doing at a parade celebrating the man who brought
But I say the real question is: why blame
If there’s to be any objection to what’s
happened since that fateful day of
I don’t blame
The Taino were
fascinated with the white, bearded foreigners and their odd clothing. After
all, the Taino wore nothing. And the Taino had no disposition of fear or
“Taino” (tah-ee’-no) was, in the language of the natives, their word for
“good,” or “noble.” Supposedly, the Taino consciously eschewed violence and
war. Apparently that’s why they migrated north, away from their Arawak
So, the good guys let
I can accept this story. Indeed. So let’s not
In fact, I’m rather fascinated with the vision
I thought I’d make a trip to
While I was there, I learned how deeply older
Italians feel about the Columbus Parade.
Well, I made sure at least
I feel the protest against
There were three representatives from the Transform Columbus Day Alliance in the audience (all non-Indian Leftists of course). I sincerely appealed to their personal lives. “Which of you has experienced anything of the grandeur, the magnificence, inspiration, the glory, of anything remotely comparable to that of Christopher Columbus?”
They were of course, silent. (Afterwards, the Honorary Vice Consul of Italy, Maria Scordo Allen who was present at the press conference told me she had never heard such a perspective before.) I wanted these protesters to see how truly small they appear in reality.
I also questioned them about the effects of their perspective. “Have you considered the effect of your prolonged resentment on young people?” I told them that their negative world view was pernicious. Nothing stifles the natural aspirations of young people than a negative approach to life. Nothing is so crippling to their natural ambitions than a hateful attitude toward life—in the guise of historical justice.
‘Riff-Raff’ Radical Opposition
As the “discussion” continued, I heard one of them pronounce platitudes straight from the Communist Manifesto. I said, “What are you, a liberal Commie?” So the news media seized the opportunity to declare that the discussion denigrated into “name calling.” (The opponents called me “racist.”)
Interestingly, no American Indian Movement representatives, like Ward Churchill or Glenn Morris, condescended to appear at the press conference. I think it is terribly important that we Indians dissociate ourselves from anti-white, anti-American liberal social upheavals. We have enough problems to overcome without associating ourselves with marginal academic riff-raff.
The Italians told me later that the news reports were surprisingly fair, considering those of recent years. That sad fact made me shudder a bit, because I felt some major points were missed, and I was definitely misrepresented in the Rocky Mountain News. I blogged, several times, about my Columbus Parade support, before and after the press conference.
But one glorious fact remains after all this: the Columbus Day Celebration is back.
Next, let’s regain Christmas!