The Buffalo News piece on the removal of the Columbus statue (published July 13) is noteworthy for covering the event. However, removal of Columbus’ statue is an affront not only to the Italian-American community but to the entire literate world. Columbus’ four voyages are an extraordinary achievement and testament to human courage, much like the first moon landing in 1969.
What is the source of Columbus’ brutality and enslavement of Native people? It might be better to quote Samuel Elliot Morrison: “Christopher Columbus’ first voyage across thousands of miles of unknown ocean amid a mutinous crew is not only one of the most significant achievements of recorded history but also a demonstration of the supremacy as mariner and navigator.”
President Benjamin Harrison proclaimed Columbus Day to honor all Americans, especially Italian-Americans and Native Americans. Unfortunately, the original intent has been eclipsed by protests and destruction of Columbus statues.
State Univ. College at Buffalo, NY