If we are to deconstruct the accomplishments of Christopher Columbus down to where and how he took care of his sword and shovel, then we must do the same for every individual. If we do that, no one is going to be celebrated, for we will always pour over every fault. No one’s accomplishments will be acknowledged. In the end, there will be the deconstruction of Man.
Columbus, indeed, was not the first person nor the first European to see America, but he certainly was the first to open new routes to and from Europe and America. If not Columbus, then others shortly would have: Europe was interested in new routes for trade and war. Factually, it was Columbus. He taught other voyagers how to navigate to the Americas, what it would cost, the amount of food, ammunition, and men to bring, and what the dangers were so that they could return to Europe safely. He was the first to expose the facts of this hemisphere to western European civilization.
Pre-Columbian American people were nomadic, with no wheel, no written language, and little growth. War between nations was ongoing, brutal, and bloody. They were not interested in peace, trading, nor human rights. Marjory Stoneman Douglas, author of The Everglades: River of Grass, writes about a Catholic priest who was taken prisoner then disgustingly killed by the indigenous people.
Today’s “political correctness” has one goal: To deny the importance of western civilization. The followers of this movement use the term “Euro-centrism” to disgrace the values of the West.
What are the values of the West?
The West values all individuals by each of their accomplishments. One’s race nor ancestors’ lineage is not the definition of an individual. Politically correct anti-Columbus groups put an emphasis on blood heritage. They infiltrate our schools and universities to teach that multiculturalism is the medicine for racism, moreover encouraging us to define ourselves by our ethnic identities, and further stimulating the division between ethnic groups and races.
One individual, with his western values, makes America better. For that, he will be celebrated. He certainly will be celebrated on Columbus Day 2013 in our home.
This post was originally written for Columbus Day 2010. Every year, the same attitudes appear, and I offer the same response.