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09 October 2017, 07:28 | Christie Tate
Editorial: Statues Of Limitations
A descendant of Christopher Columbus penned an op-ed published Monday defending Columbus's legacy. Before being given its official federal holiday designation, Columbus Day was celebrated in many communities in this country dating back to 1792. By trading slaves, he started the platform of this awful profession seen later on in American history.
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Statues of Columbus have been the target of vandals in recent weeks. Parking at city meters is free just like they are on other holidays.
But in recent years, the holiday has come under fire from people who see Columbus not as a courageous leader, but as a conquerer whose voyages led to the death and relocation of millions of indigenous Americans who were living in North America when he showed up. The alternative to Columbus Day celebrates America's native people and was first adopted in Berkeley, Calif. He didn't seem to arrive with ideas of genocide, Lane said, but massive death stemmed from his encounter. Near the time of the Columbus quadricentennial in 1892, the Columbian Exhibition at the World's Fair in Chicago was a sensation.
But there's no doubt that Columbus' voyages "had an undeniable historical impact, sparking the great age of Atlantic exploration, trade and eventually colonization by Europeans", Perry wrote.
"Columbus came here in 1492, and they want to judge his actions with the standards of 2017", he previously told WCBS 880's Peter Haskell. But numerous NY monuments presumably in the mayor's sights involve people whose overriding accomplishments merited praise, even if they were also gravely flawed.
Columbus's crimes have been well understood by some people for quite a long time.
On their website, RAM laid out their "DefaceColumbus Day" objectives quite nicely. A day in his honor celebrates "the beginning of cultural exchange between America and Europe", according to the Order of Sons of Italy in America.
The mayor has refused to say whether he thinks it should come down.
Antifa is planning a coordinated campaign to attack symbols of "white supremacy" and have targeted Columbus statues as a prime example.
King said he has never considered Columbus a controversial figure. The only good thing that comes from Columbus Day are the sales at stores.
"You still have to deal with Columbus", he said. And by giving small gifts, such as glass beads, as noted in Columbus's journal, "they were greatly pleased and became so entirely our friends that it was a wonder to see".
Lane and Grossman also preferred altering monuments over removing them, whenever possible.
One of the purposes behind the day, he said, is to "balance and correct history".
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