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Re: “Revisiting Columbus Day

I'm happy to see that my comment was reposted by the Independent. Thank you for your honesty and commitment to alternative viewpoints.

Posted by Michaels on 12/03/2008 at 12:40 AM

Re: “Revisiting Columbus Day

For such an open minded and progressive paper, I find it shocking that my post arguing against the sentiment of this article was removed. Nothing about my post was derogatory or rude unless you view dissenting opinion as "not contributing to the conversation."

Posted by Michaels on 12/03/2008 at 12:33 AM

Re: “Revisiting Columbus Day

Pamela White's guilt, her white guilt is misplaced when she attacks the celebration of Christopher Columbus day. The liberal orthodoxy of attacking this minor holiday is about as rational as suggesting that people forgo Christmas because of the Crusades, alter boy molestations or Kirk Cameron. I don't remember Columbus at the Battle of Bull Run nor do I remember him orchestrating the Trail of Tears. Every holiday has its dark history. I just celebrated Thanksgiving sans the natives, who were brutally pacified by Anglo Americans a hundred years before my ancestors arrived at Ellis Island. Nevertheless, I don't hear any pleas from bachelor degree journalists like Pamela White calling for the end of Turkey Day. Why attack Columbus then? As an Italian American, Columbus Day is our MLK day. A point of pride, we celebrate Columbus rather than Garibaldi which speaks to our desire to integrate into the dominant white Anglo society. While I am more partial to a Tony Danza day, Columbus Day exhibits a greater sense of Italian accomplishment. In the attack on our holiday, there is a base ignorance of American ethnic demographics. Italian Americans were lynched in the south at the turn of the century, interned during WW2, and still suffer from higher rates of poverty and lower rates of college attendance than average Americans. We are the Caucasians in WalMart, not the Caucasians at the country club. Prejudice against Italians is abundant in media and every day vernacular via stereotypes and racial epithets like Wop, Guinea, and my favorite grease-ball. Columbus Day is a small, silly holiday celebrated almost exclusively by Italian Americans and has almost nothing to do the genocide of American Indigenous peoples. While Miss White seems motivated by sympathy towards the annihilation of indigenous Americans, she would be better served advocating for all the ethnic underclasses to assuage her guilt. The Indian reservations in this country are dominions of poverty and economic stagnation. Let us lowly Italians celebrate OUR holiday while you guilt ridden, over educated, entrenched elites do some real benefit to the people you destroyed and put a Native American or better yet, put an Italian through college.

Posted by Michaels on 12/02/2008 at 9:07 PM

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