8 thoughts on “Letter to the Editor: In Support of Columbus Day

  1. Andrew thank you for your letter and providing all of these links that illustrate that the attacks against Christopher Columbus are based on false information including some of the language in article 34.

  2. As an Italian American I agree completely with what the writer of this piece stated!! This PC baloney has gone way too far Columbus was a great man and deserves a holiday to celebrate his accomplishments and the accomplishments of all Italian’s !! The left is out of control and their hate of America and trying to tear down what this nation stands for and its greatness has got to stop!!!!!

  3. America was mapped out prior to columbus “discovering” the new world. Also columbus wasn’t even italian american. You may not be aware but America, the country you currently live in, was founded in 1776. If you want to celebrate a rapist I feel like that can be done on your own time.

  4. Maybe “Yet it seems the flames of uneducated riotous mobs continue to dictate the course of this country as they strong-arm leaders to capitulate to their zealous screams…” isn’t the most helpful rhetoric to use if you’re looking for a fact-based discussion on the merits of celebrating Columbus?

  5. As a young woman of ItalianAmerican heritage, (maternal side, Puglia), I ask that this writer’s opinion not be used to represent all Italian Americans, as we do not require “Columbus” to express pride in our heritage. Indigenous peoples of America are in much more need of recognition. I support Indigenous peoples day wholeheartedly- -it is the ethical choice. Perhaps Italians can have their own day separated from the legacy of Columbus- I certainly would prefer that. Or visit the North End in Boston anytime. There are many ways to express your pride. Though Italian immigrants had perhaps a rough start in America, they now are a dominant group in the Northeast especially. It is time to move forward and reach out and not think only of ourselves. Let us not be regressive as the rest of the world progresses … can we open our eyes to see beyond the current dominant groups/ hegemony? It does not mean forgetting our individual heritages. Let us not create a bad name for ourselves as Italian/Americans as backwards and racist– but rather show we can be compassionate and conscientious towards all.

    • “…separated from the legacy of Columbus-”

      Don’t worry, Valeria, I will still consider you all racists (your term). That Columbus story is the story of us as well- our legacy and our ancestry. Those of us from the Caribbean that are of mixed descent and considered by today’s terminology the ‘brown ones’ (like myself) are being denigrated by public calls just as what you wrote with your commentary. Columbus Day was our day as well, as a matter of fact the U.S. Government (that still owns us as a colony) took that holiday away from us back in the 70’s. And that is of our culture.

      When you talk about distancing yourself from that history, you are degrading us by saying our story is dirty and beneath yours, when we are just as equal as yourself so we have the right to defend our roots regardless of what happened in the past. I am not going to let you denigrade my great-grandgrandfather for what what he supposedly did to my great-grandgrandmother (who has Indigenous roots as well). They married and that’s why I exist today. Where is our recognition you purpot to give us? Why don’t you all let us tell our story instead of interfering with us, most Italian-Americans are doing so right now and forget that we still exist- just as your government still forget about us as much backward and regressive as you complain they are.

  6. Well stated and very true. As an Italian American I am heartbroken that my heritage is being taken away as well. I second that “ A vote for Columbus Day is a vote for education, a vote for truth, and a vote for the Italian-American Community”

  7. “As Italian-Americans, we ask only for ONE day to celebrate our heritage and contributions.” If there were a national holiday celebrating the heritage and contributions of every large group of immigrants in this country the US would no longer be able to exhaust its citizens with a 50 week/year work schedule. Columbus Day is not about celebrating Italian heritage. It is about celebrating white Europeans’ near annihilation of the native people of this land, their way of life, and environmental resources. By changing the name of this day of rest, we take one small step toward truth-telling and repentance.

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