Protesting the Brown U Protest of Cristoforo Colombo
[Irreverent side note: does the fact that Columbus apparently navigated by a map given to him by aliens – space aliens – at all mitigate his image in the eyes of his Brown critics?] From Marc’s post in April when the Brown faculty voted to recognize the boycott.
… the decision by the faculty at Brown University to change the name of the
Columbus Day holiday is “a tremendous insult to all Italian-Americans.” DePetro said he would be happy to accept the resignations from members of the Brown faculty at the rally,” to clear their conscience of teaching at a school built upon the slave trade.” ” This grossly misguided farce to try to ignore and destroy the historic contribution made by one of the world’s greatest explorers is not only insulting to Italian-Americans, but is a very disturbing reminder of how
America’s traditional heritage is under attack in many quarters of the Ivy League and on other college campuses,” DePetro says.
Of course Europeans didn’t cover themselves in glory with the way they treated the indigenous people of the New World. Man has made war upon man for time immemorial. As “anyone who has studied history” should know, the difference is only a matter of degree.
It does make me wonder. Is it only the violence committed by the “victors” that is objectionable?