October 12, 2020
There were many fine articles written for publication today as to why Columbus Day remains immensely significant as to the history of the United States of America, by people such as Jarrett Stepman. In his post today, “The Truth About Columbus,” he covers who Columbus really was as an explorer, what his real goals were in making this famous voyage and discusses how the view of Columbus from a man of courage and vision has been destroyed over time by a historian, Howard Zinn, who was far to the left.
Another article explains how the lynching of eleven Italian-Americans brought about Columbus Day out of respect for this group of European immigrants who brought much to our country but were often unappreciated and disparaged. https://medium.com/@nevaer1/the-lynching-that-gave-us-columbus-day-eb5179b01aca
The Wall Street Journal published online this piece yesterday: https://www.wsj.com/articles/columbus-day-stands-for-diversity-11602446541
Zinn hated not only Columbus but North America in general, and pushed his view of Columbus on to generations as one of a man who only was seeking profit, and left a huge massacre of Native Indians behind him. In truth, he was a man seeking not only geographical knowledge (remember people believed back then the world was flat and anyone sailing too far would fall off the edge of the Earth) but also how to bring Christianity and faith throughout the lands.
Yes, like any voyager sailing the seas at this time, some profit was hoped to be found, especially by any royals or investors funding them. Columbus hoped to find money, to bring religion to all to save the world from a perceived apocalypse after the plague and other omens, and bring Jerusalem back into Christian hands. A man of peace, any wrong doings that occurred to Natives, happened during his absence. He was never a slave owner nor did he have anything to do with the slave trade.
Americans today, as well as people from other countries who have started to believe the untrue view of Christopher Columbus, need to also remember that this October 12th national holiday was established to recognize the many Italian-Americans who came to this nation seeking opportunity, contributed greatly to building its landscape, even while they were not welcomed by groups such as the Ku Klux Klan.
The KKK were an anti-Catholic anti-Italian racist organization made up of southern white democrats, who did their best to put the brakes on the creation of Columbus Day, and like in modern times today, went out to smash statues, burn, protest and change the positive view of Columbus.
On the 400th anniversary of the Columbus voyage, Columbus Day was presented by then President Benjamin Harrison in 1892, after the horrific largest lynching on record in this country of eleven Italian-American’s in New Orleans, LA. Despite the gesture, it wasn’t until 1934 it became an official national holiday, though some states still refused to recognize it.
Interestingly, Columbus Day remains controversial once again, as active non-peaceful groups in our cities and on our streets today, whether anti-Catholic, anti-Christian, anti-Italian, anti-American, anti-history, anti-Constitution, anti-Founding Fathers, anti-Caucasian, seek to destroy all standing statues of Christopher Columbus as well as his legacy as a brave pioneer on unknown oceans.
He was the sole individual who had the strength to pursue what he believed to be true, and a man the majority of people that have made him a current object of hatred for all of his greatness could never be. He is a man to be honored and not disgraced.
As our 40th and some believe to be our finest President, Ronald Reagan said in a commemorative note on one Columbus Day:
“Columbus is justly admired as a brilliant navigator, a fearless man of action, a visionary who opened the eyes of an older world to an entirely new one. Above all, he personifies a view of the world that many see as quintessentially American: not merely optimistic, but scornful of the very notion of despair.”
According to Columbus himself, “You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” Christopher Columbus.
Columbus was the gateway Captain who navigated to Caribbean islands, Central and South American shores, and provided trade for Spain with the development and discovery of the Americas.