To the Editor:
Thank you for printing the letters in support of Christopher Columbus and his “discovery.”
I remember singing the Columbus song in fourth grade. It goes like this:
What captain crossed the ocean blue in 1492?
Who steered the ship and led the crew – Christopher Columbus!
Who never showed a sign of fear, but kept his faith and hope and cheer.
Whose name is honored every year – Christopher Columbus!
For goodness’ sake, the crime was not only about Columbus. Remember President Andrew Jackson’s “Trail of Tears” that moved the Indians from the South to reservations in the West?
George Custer’s last stand was the last war that the American government let the Indians win. It was Horace Greeley’s cry, “Go West, young man,” that spurred many thousands of white settlers westward.
We fought Mexico to annex areas of Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and California. Then there was our own Civil War, which still divides our country. Well, maybe not the people so much anymore, but certainly the politicians in Congress like to keep us divided.
People or ideas cannot be pigeonholed; we have to internalize, digest and grow from our past. We cannot call ourselves educated without the wisdom on how to behave toward each other.