No, I did not say, “Happy Indigenous People Day” — although that’s what we are supposed to call it now here in Phoenix:
Phoenix, Arizona declared it would recognize Native Americans with its first Indigenous Peoples’ Day this year, reports The Arizona Republic.
“The city of Phoenix is built on what was the Hohokam civilization,” advocate Jeff Malkoon told city council members while lobbying for the change.
But Hohokam culture failed, disappearing before Columbus set sail. It was the civilization brought to the New World by Columbus that build a great city where many centuries ago the Hohokam had dug some canals.
Phoenix isn’t alone. Minneapolis, Seattle, and Albuquerque are among the other cities that stick it to Columbus and the civilization he represents by honoring his alleged victims instead of him.
Proponents say the federal holiday honoring Christopher Columbus – and the parades and pageantry accompanying it – overlook a painful history of colonialism, enslavement, discrimination and land grabs that followed the Italian explorer’s 1492 arrival in the Americas. The indigenous holiday takes into account the history and contributions of Native Americans for a more accurate historical record, activists have argued.
They want an accurate historical record? Then they had better not forget to mention that the denizens of the Western Hemisphere were Stone Age, subsistence level savages when Columbus arrived. They did not even have the wheel. Slavery, cannibalism, and human sacrifice were commonplace. Life was, as Thomas Hobbes might put it, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.
The authorities want us to be ashamed of Western Civilization, and to revere the imaginary golden age of the noble savage. This is moonbattery at its most delusional and corrosive.
On a tip from Varla.