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AN IDIOTIC NEW HOLIDAY

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Though most of the country celebrated Columbus Day on Monday, October, 13th, Seattle, Minneapolis and other cities refused to honor the explorer and proclaimed a new festival called “Indigenous Peoples Day.” The activists behind the change blame Columbus because his discovery of the New World led to devastating results for native tribes.

But a political commentator and attorney named Rob Dickson raises a brilliant objection to this argument: if Columbus hadn’t found a way to the New World, someone else would have made the discovery eventually. If those discoverers had been Chinese instead of European, would they have treated the natives with more respect? Would the world have gained had Islamic sailors from the Ottoman Empire, or sea-farers from Czarist Russia, made the big find?

There still would have been grim consequences for indigenous cultures but the world might never have benefited from the United States.

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  1. Rowley Call  •  Oct 17, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Great point. It’s a shame that people can’t accept the past and have to try to live in a world that will never be. I say “Get A Life”.

  2. S johnson  •  Oct 17, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    I think it’s good as there are a lot of native Americans not with a casino that to this day are worst off still that people don’t even know anything about but if they take the time to look into it will be surprised,and one example is the pine ridge area.
    And I want to know why Michael seems to be so against native Americans,I have not once heard him say anything but negative

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