Erasing History

CAL THOMAS COMMENTARY SEPTEMBER 4, 2017

         THE LOS ANGELES CITY COUNCIL HAS VOTED TO BAN THE ANNUAL COLUMBUS DAY OBSERVANCE, PREFERRING “INDIGENOUS PEOPLE DAY.”

         AS A WALL STREET JOURNAL EDITORIAL NOTED: “L.A.’s move isn’t about celebrating (INDIGENOUS PEOPLE). It’s about indicting anything that represents Western civilization, as Christopher Columbus most certainly does…That’s precisely the danger of applying modern sensibilities to judge people from the past. Columbus had his faults, and honest histories address them. But if we honored only saints, few would make it onto pedestals.

If Columbus has to go, does FDR’s wartime internment of Japanese-Americans mean we tear down his memorial on the national mall? Most Americans sensibly would say no, but today it’s the vandals who are ascendant, here attacking a bust of Lincoln in Chicago, there beheading a Columbus statue in New York, there desecrating a Joan of Arc statue in New Orleans.

“So perhaps it’s fitting that an L.A. City Council that thinks it is leading a politically correct charge is really completing the work urged by an earlier generation of haters and nativists.”

I’M CAL THOMAS.