On Monday the United States celebrates Columbus Day, a national holiday. On October 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus landed in the New World.
Some history about Columbus Day:
A U.S. national holiday since 1937, Columbus Day commemorates the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the New World on October 12, 1492. The Italian-born explorer … intended to chart a western sea route to China, India and the fabled gold and spice islands of Asia; instead, he landed in the Bahamas …
The first Columbus Day celebration took place in 1792, when New York‘s Columbian Order–better known as Tammany Hall–held an event to commemorate the historic landing’s 300th anniversary. …
In 1892, President Benjamin Harrison issued a proclamation encouraging Americans to mark the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ voyage with patriotic festivities, writing, “On that day let the people, so far as possible, cease from toil and devote themselves to such exercises as may best express honor to the discoverer and their appreciation of the great achievements of the four completed centuries of American life.”
In 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed Columbus Day a national holiday …
Columbus Day remains a national holiday. But for how long? Alt-left activists plan to disrupt commemorations of the day and to deface monuments and statues set up to honor the explorer.
Violent left-wing anarchists have announced a nationwide campaign to deface Christopher Columbus statues this coming Monday.
Five Christopher Columbus statues have already been vandalized in New York City in recent weeks, according to Far Left Watch. In one case last month, vandals defaced a “larger-than-life” statue of Columbus in Central Park, leaving blood-red paint on his hands, and scrawled, “Hate will not be tolerated” and “#SomethingsComing” on its pedestal.
What is coming appears to be a coordinated campaign to destroy monuments all across the country on Columbus Day.
That sounds like a criminal conspiracy to commit, at best, vandalism. At worst? What is the FBI planning to do about this?
So much for valuing diversity!
Oddly enough, as some here in the U.S. denigrate Columbus and his achievements, many Hispanic nations honor Columbus and celebrate the anniversary of his arrival in the New World:
The landing is celebrated as … “Día de la Raza” (“Day of the Race”) in many countries in Latin America, as “Día de la Hispanidad” and “Fiesta Nacional” in Spain, where it is also the religious festivity of la Virgen del Pilar, as Día de las Américas (Day of the Americas) in Belize and Uruguay, as Día del Respeto a la Diversidad Cultural (Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity) in Argentina, and as Giornata Nazionale di Cristoforo Colombo or Festa Nazionale di Cristoforo Colombo in Italy and in the Little Italys around the world
Hispanic nations seem to have a much more enlightened attitude towards the meaning of cultural diversity and “race,” in that they honor and are proud of all the various cultures and races that fused over the centuries to create what they call “la Raza” or their Hispanic identity.
If, as promised, domestic terrorists in the U.S. do carry out their threatened campaign of destruction on Monday, one wonders how the authorities in the mostly-Democrat-run cities will respond?
For the most part, left-wing activists have thus far been able to break laws, disturb the peace, attack citizens and police officers, destroy property, riot, and even commit arson, while police were ordered to “stand down” and let them “get their message out.”
For how long will mayors of these cities look the other way while alt-left thugs break the law and in doing so violate the rights of all the law-abiding citizens?
For how long will Attorney General Sessions and the Trump administration look the other way as far-left anarchists, antifa groups, Black Lives Matter, and other so-called “peaceful protesters” riot, vandalize, march in streets and on highways to deliberately disrupt traffic, block store entrances and maraud through shopping centers, shut down the free speech of other citizens (as in Berkeley), and deliberately make others “uncomfortable,” thus violating their victims’ civil rights, all in order to get their way?
In any case, while we still have this national holiday to celebrate:
Enjoy your Columbus Day weekend.