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TOPIC:  Columbus Day …

Posted: 10/13/2014, 5:00 a.m. EDT


So today is Chris Columbus's special day.  This Italian has gotten a bad reputation over the years and has become the poster boy for all of the injustices that are claimed to have been caused by the European settlers to the indigenous population (Native Americans - noting that you can't call them "Redskins" anymore).


There are people who accuse Chris of exploiting and bringing injustice.  Most anthropologists believe that the so called indigenous population had, themselves, migrated to North America during the early expansion of mankind from its initial origins.  One has to only wonder as to how each wave of these ancient migrants subjugated those who came before them.  The point is that from a global and historical perspective the entire world’s population is marked by a series of migrations over the ages thus making it impossible to truly say that any group is indigenous.


There are also people who argue that since other explorers had visited the North American continent long before Columbus that his epic journey did not amount to a discovery and should not be recognized.  If we were to adopt such a narrow definition of “discovery” we would have to discount all of the discoveries that have been made over the centuries of things that already existed but were yet unknown such as “new” forms of life, “new” natural elements, SkippyTreats, or the host of other things that exist in the world and still need to be discovered by the probing minds and efforts of those who dare to look.


To blame poor Chris for all the woes chanted by the protestors is a simplistic reaction from people who choose not to understand the dynamics of history.


The Skipster says Happy Columbus Day.


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