April 17, 2009 by billie789
Brown University, that bastion of liberal thought in Rhode Island, has decided to rename Columbus Day because a small group of students felt that name was insulting to certain members of our society.
Columbus sailed for King and Queen of Spain. On his first trip, Columbus led an expedition with three ships, the Niña , the Pinta and the Santa Maria (captained by Columbus), and about 90 crew members. They set sail on Aug. 3, 1492 from Palos, Spain, and on October 11, 1492, spotted the Caribbean islands off southeastern North America. They landed on an island they called Guanahani, but Columbus later renamed it San Salvador (why?). They were met by the local Indians, many of whom were captured by Columbus’ men and later sold into slavery (!?!?). Columbus thought he had made it to Asia and called this area the Indies, and called its inhabitants Indians.
On a second, larger expedition (Sept. 25, 1493-June 11, 1496), sailed with 17 ships and 1,200 to 1,500 men to find gold and capture Indians as slaves in the Indies (!?!?).
No, dammit, not those kind of slaves!
Ok, that’s better…
Beginning this fall, rather than Columbus Day, Brown University will celebrate Fall Week-End!
Sheesh! Seems Italian-Americans can’t get a break? First, it’s the Mafia, ad nauseum, and now this?!?
American Indians, or, Native Americans, as they prefer to be called this decade, have long been opposed to Columbus Day and it’s evident why.
They were minding their own business, making really sexy clothes from buffalo hide, fishing and gathering their nuts and had already named everything just fine, thank you. And wanted nothing to do with this guy who shows up in a boat looking for something called gold. Must’ve really pissed them off when he planted a flag and claimed their land for the King and Queen of someplace called Spain.
I get the part about “discovering” America. From the Italian Stallion’s point of view, he put together this fanatastic adventure, was warned by every religious nut bag in town that he and his ships would fall off the edge of the earth and thought he found Asia, when, in fact, he found the Personal Watercraft concession shack on the beach of Guanahani which he promptly renamed San Salvador.
Our Indians see him as a European conqueror and slave trader who stumbled across “their” land, claimed it for an invisible country and started carting off the population as slaves.
It’s an old story between those two factions.
Personally, I cringe when political correctness takes on a new life somewhere. And I hate the fact that the Bill O’Reillys and Fox Noises of the world will have new material for their nightly comedy routine over this Brown University move. I can hear it now, “The lefty loons at Brown University have launched an attack on America and its founders! We’re going to send a camera crew to stalk and confront the President of Brown University and try to find out how this could happen in America! Later, I’ll tell you what it’s like to sexually harass my assistant and get sued…in America!”
Actually, since Columbus was European, they should celebrate Columbus Day in Spain and Italy, etc. and not here.
Our native population didn’t need “discovering.”