The Takoma Park City Council, in yet another attempt to virtue signal it’s way out of incompetence and irrelevance, yesterday passed a resolution replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous People’s Day.
Let’s all pat each other on the back, so that we can forget about our overcrowded schools in the area, the lack of real affordable housing for lower and middle income, the de facto racial segregation in Takoma Park, and general tax relief for residents. You know, facts that really affect our lives, as opposed to the la-la land of feelings, #hashtags, and organic soy lattes.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. After all, we as Takoma Park have to ensure that everyone knows, particularly our socialist brothers in Vermont, that Christopher Columbus’s “contact began centuries of settlement on lands already occupied by native peoples of the Americas and exploitation of the New World’s seemingly endless resources.” Read the Resolution here.
Of course, listening to proclamations at the City Council meeting, or reading some of the emails from the many thousands of progressive listservs in Takoma Park, one might think that the Native Americans were all a peaceful, harmonious bunch. But that’s not true. For instance, let’s not forget the Acoulhuas, who ate their captives, or the Mayans and Aztecs who practiced brutal sacrifices. There is even more to say about the violence that occurred between competing tribes.
Let’s be clear, though. I’m not here to excuse all of Columbus’s actions. He did enslave people. He treated people cruelly. But all reasonable people ask is that Takoma Park put things in context about what occurred in history, as opposed to presenting a picture that was never accurate in the first instance. Revising history doesn’t change it.
More pointedly, is it that unfair to the snowflakes in Takoma Park to say that genuine good has come as a result of what happened in our history?
Put another way, it’s one thing to recognize the contributions of the indigenous people before us, and to learn their history, including the challenges they faced and continue to face. It’s an entirely different issue altogether, and one I take issue with, to use this resolution as an attempt to push a narrative, particularly to young minds, that this country is systematically an illegitimate one.
If you’re unsure how to differentiate between the two, put a United States flag on the wall. If you or someone you know feel triggered by that flag, perhaps in the same way that most people outside of Takoma Park’s echo chamber would feel if they saw a Nazi or ISIS flag, then you know it’s more about the narrative and people’s feelings than it is about seeking facts and history.
But one of the most sad things that will happen with the resolution is that people will call it a day following “Indigenous Peoples Day.” The day here really has nothing to do about indigenous people and their challenges, or making an effort to reach out to those communities. It’s more of a #hashtag they can carry with them like a new hat.
“Look at me, I live in Takoma Park, and we have #indigenouspeoplesday. Just like Vermont.”
Give me a break.