Liberal Town Alters National Holiday Over Concerns of Racism
You never can tell what the liberal left will think of next. We've seen political correctness adopt many forms in the past several years, but what happened to the Columbus Day national holiday in this liberal town blew our minds.
The town was Northampton, Massachusetts. The holiday was formerly known as Columbus Day.
But the liberal leaders in Northampton felt that calling a day after Columbus, one of the greatest discoverers and explorers of all time, would qualify as being insensitive. So they voted and decided to change the name of the holiday to "Indigenous Peoples' Day."
The vote was, apparently, unanimous to change the name of the holiday, citing that the holiday's name should be changed "based on the slavery and genocide that Christopher Columbus brought to native peoples in the Americas."
Never mind the fact that modern freedom of the press, freedom of religion, and the wonderful opportunities that are currently available to Americans wouldn't have been possible without Christopher Columbus. Let's just forget the wave of exploration across the entire face of the world that his discovery of the New World sparked.
In the course of a few hours, these city council members of Northampton have simultaneously abandoned their past and chosen to hold the wool over the eyes of the future.
"The school committee is also going to pick this up and probably pass a resolution of its own so that we have the commitment of educators in Northampton to actually really teach this material and get children to understand that our city is built on the foundation of these Native American peoples," said a city council member.
In other words, they're trying to rewrite history.
Now, I'm by no means saying that Columbus was perfect. He wasn't. He was a product of his time and he did some nasty things to some of the native people that he found in the New World.
But should that in-substantiate all of his discovery? No.