Every day, I see more and more examples of how messed up our world has gotten in recent times, and the whole debacle of “Columbus Day” is just another such example.
There has been a recent movement in the country to re-name this holiday, which has been celebrated for many, many decades now the more comfortable euphemism of “Indigenous Peoples’ Day“.
Okay…..wait…..stop…..HIT THE BRAKES here people. Maybe I’m missing something here, but…….this has been a holiday for how long now, and just now we are all of a sudden up in arms and getting all offended and triggered over this? We have known the whole story about Christopher Columbo (yes, that was what he was born as), and the horrible things he did during some of his voyages, and how he really was not a good person towards the native peoples that he encountered, so………why has this been allowed to go on for as long as it has been, only now to get called out into the limelight? Oh wait…….that’s right……..this is now the society that gets offended for every single reason they can dredge up – no matter how old, or how much it actually mattered for all this time. It’s yet another war cry that something “needs to be corrected” and “someone got offended by it”.
Why now? Why not ten years ago? Why not twenty years or more ago? Why is this all of a sudden a thing that needs attention? I bet no one can really explain why it’s been allowed to go on for so long before now. It’s been celebrated for so many years, that all government offices are closed on that day. It’s been in our schools for years, yet no one has bothered go say anything about it until now. Is the the “PC Police Generation”?
Same thing happened with Mount McKinley and Devil’s Tower – there were outcries to change those names in just the last few years to something else. The whole debate has centered around one thing that seems to have tied all three of these events together – the Native American population. Now, don’t get me wrong, I have a lot of respect for Native Americans. Many are the most hard-working, honest, straight-up people I have ever known, but now within the past few years, a lot of these events and locations are getting outcries that they are named wrong, need to be changed or reverted. Why? Why now? Why not back then? It all seems pretty convenient that once this ball got rolling, it picked up like some giant ball of duct tape that just picked up all the dirt it could along the way.
Okay……so going back to Columbus Day. If people now are so outraged and offended by this…….why rename it? If it was so bad, why keep a holiday that keeps government offices closed? Why not do away with the day altogether? Why not just strip it from the books and come up with something fresh that was positive? Do we celebrate any other bad people who came into the spotlight and make holidays about them? Not that I know of – just him – just Columbo. If it’s so bad, then don’t think about it as a holiday at all anymore – or are you so comfortable with having the day off at your job that you can’t do without it? Is it about money? Is it about culture? What is it about that you want to hold on to a day off for that badly?
Why don’t we spend more time thinking about things that can improve our lives and make people as a whole happier, than spending all of our time, looking up dirt to cry “I’m offended by this – take it away!” over? Are we that enamored about being offended that this is what our new rush is? Do we get real satisfaction from this? Does this make us the better people? I think this is just another example of the downward spiral our country and our society is headed towards – and it’s picking up steam at a pretty scary rate.