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Columbus Day 2016
The Immigrants’ Holiday
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  • Andrew Allison

    Exactly! Unlike the Italian other waves of immigrants, the contribution of the indigenous people to the Nation has not been significant. If the name is to be changed, it should be to “Immigrants Day”. It might, however, be appropriate to acknowledge the country’s genocide against the indigenous peoples in some way. A new holiday called “Atonement Day” perhaps?

    • f1b0nacc1

      Given that such a holiday would inevitably become the focal point for demands for reparations and all the rest of the grievance industry’s tedious playbook, why should we encourage them. I love the idea of an Immigrant’s Day…lets celebrate those that came here to make us all richer, and remember why immigration and assimilation (the latter being just as important as the former) are so central to our history. The sad fate of the North American aboriginal peoples is just that…sad. We should turn away from our infantalization of these folks, and offer them a chance to participate as equals, not as wards.

      • Andrew Allison

        You’re right. I overlooked the inevitable result of actually acknowledging what was done.

        • f1b0nacc1

          I understand your point, but to be blunt it was a different time, and by indulging the usual orgy of self-recrimination (note: NOBODY denies what was done, it isn’t as if there is any controversy on this point whatsoever) we only feed the usual subjects their ration of identity politics.

          • Andrew Allison

            Just to be clear, we’re in agreement regarding self-recrimination. Firstly, for just how many generations are the sins of the great-great-great-grandfathers to be visited upon their descendants? More importantly, most of today’s population is not descended from the perpetrators, and thus bear no responsibility for their actions. This clearly differentiates the USA from, e.g., Nazi Germany and Turkey.

          • f1b0nacc1

            Absolutely….we agree again….how frustrating! (grin)

  • FriendlyGoat

    Tell me whether the private-sector employers are all energized about paying workers to be off on this day and I’ll tell you whether it amounts to anything important.

  • Beauceron

    The Left have determined that it’s a white supremacist celebration of genocide.

    So it’s a white supremacist celebration of genocide. What they say is the reality. If you disagree with that narrative, it’s just evidence of your white supremacy.

    • RedWell

      Thank God those of us The Right don’t have any narratives we use to marginalize serious discussion!

      • JR

        None as powerful as identity politics on the Left. Not even remotely close.

        • RedWell

          I find this a peculiar claim: on its face, conservative ideology is not about identity politics, but by any observable measure, it is has become a tent largely for white people, or at least white culture.

          I’m NOT saying it is a racist or white supremacist movement, which is a lazy claim coming from many critics. Still, over the last generation or so, the right end of the political spectrum has demonstrably gotten even more white that it was in the early 20th century, when it held a tenuous claim to be the inheritor of Lincoln.

          The reality is that many people in all democracies vote based upon identity politics. That reality for the right, which existed in a population that was largely homogeneous, has only become more apparent as the US as a whole grows more diverse.

          But by all means, cling to that myth that only the left suffers from identity politics. In fact, they are counting on it to slowly displace the right as the boomers start disappearing from the landscape.

  • DiogenesDespairs

    They call it “Indigenous People’s Day,” but what they’re really proposing is White Guilt Day.

    Blow them off. It is long past time to reject the whole white guilt racket.

    (We could call it “New World Settlement Day,” though, if people really want to change it. The Amerindians were originally immigrants too, after all. They just arrived overland from Siberia 10,000 years before everyone else arrived by boat.)

  • aez

    Fascinating–thank you!

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