People, People, People! We don’t celebrate Columbus because he lived. We celebrate him–or if you can’t stomach that we mark his influence–because he did something! Something that changed the world.
The foolishness of this American generation is unparalleled.
- Do we really think we can undo the horrors of slavery by erasing the memory of every man in our history who was influential and yet had slaves?
- Can we undo whatever wrongs may rightfully be laid at Columbus’s feet by erasing his memory? Aren’t we more likely to repeat history if we don’t rightly discern it and keep it in our civic memory?
- At what point did we decide as individual Americans to squelch every dissenting voice accept our own?
- When did it become the American dream to cultivate the identities of various nationalities represented in our culture instead of joining together to create an American culture?
- Will anyone survive if we recount every wrong in each of our pasts?
- Will we fix past wrongs by perpetrating more wrongs?
There is such hypocrisy in this new “Americanism.”
For those who are (rightly) saddened by the poor way indigenous peoples were treated in the past, why not do something real? Why not find some of their descendants and give them your home, your property? Your answer would likely be, “Why should I have to do that? I wasn’t the one who did it.” That would at least be the long-awaited glimmer of logic that I hope will become normal again.
Georgetown University students voted to add a reparations fee of $27.20 to “pay back” the sins of that university’s past support and use of slavery. Apparently it sold slaves to pay off its debts back in 1838. OK. At least there is the sense of some decent reasoning here. But payment for the sins of Georgetown University’s past shouldn’t fall on today’s students. It should fall on Georgetown University!
I wonder if any of the indigenous people’s were ever guilty of anything? I wonder how many tribes took something from another tribe? Did any tribe ever get wiped out by another one? Should we give a blood test to all descendants of these tribes and only give reparations to those tribes who were perfect? Wonder how many that would be? The same questions can be asked of every cause today that clamors for only one thing: the punishment of all white people.
What happened to fairness?
Did you ever see a teacher in a classroom decide to punish all the students because one or two were acting out? It’s a cowardly way to educate but it happens all the time. There was a time in Old Testament history when the sins of the fathers was visited upon the children.
9 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 10 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments (Deuteronomy 5:9–10).
Ultimately, God declared: “The soul who sins is the one who will die (see Ezekiel 18).” Yes our nation has many sins in its past and its present. But a $27.20 student fee applied to the innocent won’t fix it, nor is it fair. Destroying any memory of Columbus won’t fix it either.