October 12, 2009, - 10:54 am

Happy Fall Weekend Day!: Columbus Under Further Attack, Even in . . . Columbus?! Columbus a Jew?; UPDATE: Kids Taught Darker Side of Columbus, Put Him on Trial, Find Guilty

By Debbie Schlussel


If you’re a local, state, or federal employee, you’re probably not reading this . . . at work.  But look out, Columbus Day is under continued attack and may soon be abolished.  Or perhaps, some day, it’ll be Ramadan Explorer’s Dar Al-Harb Day.


Even the eponymous City of Columbus is saying, “Uh, we don’t want to get involved.”  Wishy-washy Mayor Michael B. Coleman doesn’t want to upset minorities by observing the holiday recognizing his city’s namesake.

The tradition of honoring Christopher Columbus for sailing the ocean blue in 1492 is facing rougher seas than the Niña, Pinta and Santa Maria.

Philadelphia’s annual Columbus Day parade has been canceled. Brown University this year renamed the holiday “Fall Weekend” following a campaign by a Native American student group opposed to celebrating an explorer who helped enslave some of the people he “discovered.” . . .

Some employers have turned to “holiday swapping.” In Calimesa, Calif., the city council recently voted to swap two holidays — Columbus Day, and a day honoring labor organizer Cesar Chavez — for one floating holiday and day off on New Year’s Eve. . . .

Columbus Day used to be a big deal in Columbus, Ohio. But it has been 11 years since the city had an official parade for its namesake, in part because of the controversy swirling around Columbus. There were fireworks and a beauty contest.

“It was the biggest parade in town,” says Joseph Contino, a local who flies tanker jets for the national guard and is trying to refuel the idea of celebrating the big day with a big parade.

The city isn’t helping, Mr. Contino says. “Their reaction is as if it was the Ku Klux Klan.”

A city official says that’s not right. “The mayor thinks a parade is a great idea and thinks that the Italian community should take the lead on that,” says Dan Williamson, a spokesman for Mayor Michael B. Coleman.

“It would be stupid to pretend there is no controversy around Christopher Columbus,” he adds. But the mayor of Columbus isn’t taking sides.

Hilarious. The Mayor of a City named after Columbus considers it “taking sides” to actually celebrate his own city’s namesake. Pretty soon, he won’t want to “take sides” on Independence Day. Maybe he eats bangers and mash on that day. Who knows?

His supporters acknowledge Columbus took slaves back to Spain and opened the door to conquistadors who killed Native Americans. But much of the criticism is built on “judging a 16th century man by 21st century standards,” says Dona De Sanctis of the Order Sons of Italy in America, a group of half a million Italian-Americans that tries to defend Columbus’ legacy.

At Brown University, the rename-the-holiday activists “stressed this was against Columbus, but not Italian-Americans,” says Reiko Koyama, a junior who led the effort to persuade the school to change the name to “Fall Weekend.” Brown happens to be in Rhode Island, a state with the largest proportion of Italian-Americans in the U.S.

Hmmm . . . Reiko Koyama.  Now, that definitely sounds Native American.

Ground zero of the Columbus battle has been Colorado, home to the nation’s first official Columbus holiday about a century ago. Columbus Day parades in Denver have faced acrimonious protests for much of the past decade. Marchers have been on the receiving end of dismembered dolls and fake blood strewn across the parade route. Dozens of protesters have been arrested over the years.

Wow, those people are real mature.

Columbus shouldn’t just be a celebratory figure in the Italian-American community. He’s someone all of us who live in America should celebrate. He helped open the West to us all.

And, for me, there’s that added bonus: Many Jews have long believed Columbus was Jewish. There’s a lot of evidence for that, much of it contained in the book, “Christopher Columbus’s Jewish Roots.”

**** UPDATE: To make matters worse, all over America, kids are taught the “darker side of Columbus.”  Get this agit-prop for fifth graders from James Kracht, executive associate dean for academic affairs in the Texas A&M College of Education and Human Development:

“The indigenous population was kind of waiting expectantly, almost with smiles on their faces,’’ Kracht said. “ ‘I wonder what this guy is bringing us?’ Well, he’s bringing us smallpox, for one thing, and none of us are going to live very long.’’

Hmmm, if his surname is pronounced “Cracked,” I’d say there’s definitely truth in advertising there.

Even worse:

In McDonald, Pa., 30 miles southwest of Pittsburgh, fourth-grade students at Fort Cherry Elementary put Columbus on trial this year, charging him with misrepresenting the Spanish crown and thievery. They found him guilty and sentenced him to life in prison.

Disgusting. Why the heck aren’t they taught the “darker side of Islam”? Oh, and by the way, Columbus may have own slaves then. Guess who still owns them today? Here’s a hint: “The Darker Side of Islam.”

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[Columbus shouldn’t just be a celebratory figure in the Italian-American community. He’s someone all of us who live in America should celebrate. He helped open the West to us all.]

Enslaved and almost wiped out native populations.Yeah what a great guy.

Norman Blitzer on October 12, 2009 at 11:22 am

Most countries have at least one historical figure where arguments can be made about the treatment of indigenous people. The Romans conquered numerous countries/territories, built vast infrastructure, and civilizations flourished. So goes human history! Also, native americans have done far worse things to other native americans. They weren’t all one big happy family before Columbus arrived.

RJMOJO on October 12, 2009 at 11:26 am

Debbie, its a bank holiday, too. Columbus Day gets no love and respect because its politically incorrect. After all the guy who discovered the New World was a Dead White Male.

And we can’t have that… in the name of diversity and inclusion. So much for America’s history lesson. Had they been politically correct in the late 15th Century America would still be… undiscovered!

NormanF on October 12, 2009 at 11:30 am

Its not to overlook the fact Spain expelled the Jews in the same year Columbus went on his first of several voyages westward. But the irony is Jews ultimately wouldn’t be in the New World today if it hadn’t been for him. History may deal one a bad hand but there is also the other side of the picture and that shouldn’t be forgotten. We honor Columbus for his imagination and in opening brighter vistas to humanity. Granted, it may not have been the Spanish Crown’s intention but that was the result and we all owe him a debt. That is all the reason for Columbus Day in this country.

NormanF on October 12, 2009 at 11:39 am

    [NormanF – not to overlook the fact Spain expelled the Jews in the same year Columbus went on his first of several voyages westward.]

    Not just the same year. I believe they left Spain on the day all practicing Jews had to be out of Spain or one day before/after.

    I_AM_ME on October 12, 2009 at 4:43 pm

Columbus a JEW?! Then again my mom thinks St. Patrick was Italian.

Bob Porrazzo on October 12, 2009 at 11:43 am

Reading the “evidence” in the link about Columbus’ “Jewish” roots, I remain skeptical about the interpretation of those markings. It’s easy to read into such things what one wishes to find.

What is beyond dispute is that Columbus was not just financially supported by Jews, but he utilized maps and navigation aids provided by Jewish cartographers and astronomers, and no doubt relied on Jewish ship-fitters. Legend says that when he encountered the natives, he called on his translators to try to communicate, using all the languages they knew, including Hebrew.

One thing we shouldn’t forget: The very reason he and others were trying to find an alternate path to the Indies is that they wanted to avoid the existing trade routes then controlled by Arabs and Muslims.

Raymond in DC on October 12, 2009 at 11:59 am

Columbus is a hero. He brought Western Civilization to the Americas, which allowed us to build the greatest and most prosperous country in world history: one based on freedom, private property, and traditional religious values.

*At Brown University, the rename-the-holiday activists “stressed this was against Columbus, but not Italian-Americans,” says Reiko Koyama, a junior who led the effort to persuade the school to change the name to “Fall Weekend.”*

Sounds like a Japanese name to me. She is probably just jealous that Japan didn’t/couldn’t reach the Americas first.

JM on October 12, 2009 at 12:12 pm

These arguments are beyond stupid. I am Italian and Jewish, no not one of each parents. Both Italian and Jewish. Columbo probably was Jewish but the reason he got the funds from the Royals was because somewhat earlier he had fought fiercely AGAINST the Islamic invaders of Spain and won. In the context of the time, it was an amazing achievement but it took a tragic and too costly human toll.

MK750 on October 12, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    MK: there was one other very important reason why a Genoese sea-captain, who was “converso”, would apply to the Monarchs of Spain for funds and marques for his crazy venture…
    Colon believed he would reach the EAST by sailing WEST in order to avoid the Cape…This means that he believed the world was ROUND, a knowledge accepted widely in Muslim/Christain Iberia, but absolutely anathema in Papal dominated Italy,,,,,

    elixelx on October 12, 2009 at 5:08 pm

      Yeah, I know. The Vatican knew too and so did Italian scholars. It just flew in the face of Church doctrine as did Galileo’s discoveries about 150 years later.

      MK750 on October 13, 2009 at 9:50 am

        Have to add that the Italians with some learning secretly scoffed at the vAtican and still do. Until Mussolins forced the Lateran Concordat on the pope their domination was largely political, not spiritual. The pope is head of state too only now thanks to Il Duce, his realm consists of a mere 67 acres. Before Deb goes ballistic, I am NOT a supporter of Mussolini but like all dictators some good came with the bad. While the joke is about the trains running on time, I think this swquestering of the pontiffs was probably his best move.

        MK750 on October 13, 2009 at 9:53 am

The idea of persecuting historic figures for following what was common among the culture of their time is idiotic and a regression among our society.

Columbus had no idea that he would bring diseases to the Americas (unamed at the time) and the idea of enslavemet was a commonplace during those times.

Ken Blazek on October 12, 2009 at 12:36 pm

I should also add that because of slavery being commonplace it does not excuse it but we cannot change history.

Columbus was an important person in history.

Ken Blazek on October 12, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Also, we could bring up the practices of the more advanced Indian groups, such as the Inca and Aztec. They were just as nasty as anything a Portuguese or Spaniard engaged in. The historical period and common practices must be looked at before judging any particular group more harsly than others. As for diseases, the Germ Theory of Disease was not even within the mainstream of science until the 19th Century. So, the stories of small pox blankets and other forms of early germ warfare, popularized by Howard Zinn and other Marxist oriented historians, does not really hold up. If such things had been known, various plagues and epidemics, which occurred well into the 19th Century, would have been contained.

    sorrow01 on October 12, 2009 at 12:50 pm

What annoys me about the anti-Columbus movement is that most of the things held against him (Rape, violence, slavery, conquest) were quite par-for-the-course by the native tribes. Blaming smallpox on Columbus is like blaming Asians for the Black Death destroying Europe.

Honkey Fried on October 12, 2009 at 12:46 pm

Imagine that. Columbus coming upon and looking aghast at the Carib indians whose peaceful cannibalism was part of the rich deeeeeeeversity of the new world.

A good refutation of this Columbus-despoiling-a-peaceful-paradise nonsense is that Thomas A. Bowden book: The enemies of Christopher Columbus

Underzog on October 12, 2009 at 12:52 pm

*I should also add that because of slavery being commonplace it does not excuse it but we cannot change history.*
Ken Blazek on October 12, 2009 at 12:37 pm

It is still very common among Muslims today.

Those who hate Columbus Day are always the same ones who hate Western Civilization. They hate capitalism, Christianity, Judaism, freedom, democracy, and then are insanely envious of the prosperity it fostered. When they protest Columbus Day, they are really protesting America.

JM on October 12, 2009 at 12:54 pm

Ihave to laugh at the nonsense about Columbus and his “enslaving ways”. Let me give you just one example- I’m half Cherokee. My mother was a full blood from the “Cherokee Nation”- the ones form Oklahoma whop were sent off there onthe trail of tears during the Jackson administration. The “Eastern Band” are the ones who were left in the east in the Carolinas. anyway, how many of you know that the Cherokee Nation owned black slaves? regular plantation owners who took them with them on the trek west, and worked the ystem the same way. My mother’s family even fought in the Civil War- on the side of the south. Little known factoid is that the last Condfederate General to surrender was a Cherokee named Stand Watie..

So.l before you hold out the “poor injun/natives who were enslaved” let’s apply the usual leftist moral equivocation to it and see how you stand them up against Columbus. 😀

Mistress_Dee on October 12, 2009 at 1:13 pm

Also, while it was still wrong, slavery as practiced in Europe was very different from that practiced in the Americas. Most were house slaves. They were given tremendous responsibility like the Biblical Joseph and were usually freed often with an inheritance upon the “master’s” death. How it devolved into the brutal situation of the American South can be found in the practices of Muslim slavers and the venal landowners who saw it as expedient to work their slaves like cattle. For that matter, while not quite slaves, semi-free men in Europe were worked like cattle too for the landowner’s/feudal lord’s benefit. This feudal system really din’t die out completely until well into the 19th c.

MK750 on October 12, 2009 at 1:51 pm

How come google or yahoo didn’t change the logo to celebrate Columbus Day?

Ruth on October 12, 2009 at 2:23 pm

After reading all the stupid crap from you right-wingers, I’m starting to believe Islam and the Koran have a lot of good points.

[Oh, and by the way, Columbus may have own slaves then. Guess who still owns them today? Here’s a hint: “The Darker Side of Islam.”]

Well apparently to many of your readers who defend Columbus the answer is “so what”?

Norman Blitzer on October 12, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    “Well apparently to many of your readers who defend Columbus the answer is “so what”?”

    Actually, since what you state is so often content free, we could say the same thing about your posts. Have you finished raving yet?

    sorrow01 on October 12, 2009 at 3:17 pm

Since it is quite obvious that “We the People” cannot please all the people all the time and rarely can “We” please some of the people some of the time, then it would be prudent to abolish all holidays across the board because somewhere someone is going to be offended.

No more Independence day, for the exact same reasons why people hate Columbus Day. President’s day, no way, because the presidents we honor surely must have stepped on someone’s toe, violated someone’s sense of independence so that wouldn’t be fair. Christmas-please don’t get me started on that one. Easter- well that holiday is only for Christians so we can’t recognize that one either. Halloween, well that’s just pagan, so that’s out. Thanksgiving-another day to just rub it in to the natives here. New Years day, well other cultures observe this day differently so it’s out. Valentine’s Day- if you’re not married or in love at the time, that day is just plain hateful. Mother’s day- not everyone is a mother, vise versa for Father’s day. Memorial Day-Not everyone is interested in remembering the dead. Labor Day-what’s that anyway? You get my point.

I personally believe that everyone should celebrate their culture, history, and accomplishments. Every civilization has done something to someone in the course of history that hasn’t been nice. That doesn’t mean we should stop celebrating the things that made us great!

As others have said, slavery was worldwide in all forms; every civilization on the planet had slaves. Negros in Africa fought each others tribes and condemned the conquered to slavery, same as the Native’s here in this country. Arabs have been dealing in the slave trade for thousands of years and they still do! (But no-one wants to discuss that)

My answer is if you hate it so much in this country than by all means you are free to leave and move to one that suits your tastes better. No one is holding a gun to your head to stay here.

On that note Happy Columbus Day!!!! Give a special thanks to the man that ultimately gave you the right to bitch without the threat of having your head cut off!

wolf2012 on October 12, 2009 at 2:35 pm

[How come google or yahoo didn’t change the logo to celebrate Columbus Day?

Ruth on October 12, 2009 at 2:23 pm]

I really hope that’s a rhetorical question.

Norman Blitzer on October 12, 2009 at 2:36 pm

Today is “Native American Day” in South Dakota.

Discovered: New painting of Columbus.

See: http://notionscapital.wordpress.com/2009/10/12/columbus-day/

Mike Licht on October 12, 2009 at 2:56 pm

The Chinese may have discovered America before Columbus:


Ramjordan on October 12, 2009 at 3:39 pm

As you have noted previously, a high percentage of people from that region have definite Jewish genetic markers. http://www.debbieschlussel.com/4522/yo-soy-judeofeliz-chanukah-dna-test-20-of-spanish-men-have-jewish-heritage/

So, I would not be surprised. That he did so many things in the name of Christ and the Christian faith–look at the names of the Islands he named/claimed–if he was a faithful Jew in his heart, he sure disguised it well in those actions. Yet, that he was an extraordinary man–it would not surprise me if he was indeed from the line of Israel!!!

BB on October 12, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Actually Columbus was not Jewish. On a HISTORY channel documentary it is believed that he was actually Spanish, since he spoke no Italian.

Hoever, since he sailed in 1492 which was during the Spanish Inquisition, many Jews sailed with Columbus as crew to avoid Torquemada.

spaceship22 on October 12, 2009 at 5:25 pm

The Indians were living in the stone age and were almost entirely continuously warring, murderous scavengers except few pacifist tribes who would be promptly wiped out upon discovery by the warrior tribes. They hadn’t even invented the wheel and pathetically would drag their loads on two poles behind them. Sure, slavery is bad, but you can’t blame the great explorer Colombo for simply following the mores of the day.

DS_ROCKS! on October 12, 2009 at 7:35 pm

Blitzer, take your cultual diversity and multiculturalism and shove it where the sun don’t shine. If you don’t like it here in the US? get the hell out, there are a lot of folks that are absolutly sick to the back teeth of jellyfish like you. You wouldn’t defend this country or it’s Western roots if your life depended upon it.
As for the bloody rest of you, The Vikings discovered America Centuries before Columbus so there !

Drakken on October 12, 2009 at 7:35 pm

Colombo was not Spanish, he was born in Genoa.
If you despise google like I do (the last straw was 9/11 ignored) join me at bling. It always has an interesting photo banner.

smudge on October 12, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    He was born in genoa but was of spanish descent. Never spoke Italian, only Spanish.

    spaceship22 on October 13, 2009 at 9:45 am

BLITZER…Islam and Koran have good points????…have you ever read a word from the koran,surahs or hadith???..its the most vile, sickening, violent, nauseating piece of SHIT ever writtem (along with adolfs crap)…ISLAM=EVIL….if you like its good points high tail your sorry ass over to yemen and see first hand your good points…good riddance.

BIG IRISH on October 12, 2009 at 10:02 pm

Columbus doesn’t get America rolling, none of us has a chance at a worthy civilization on this continent. We’re all still subjects! America haters should move to Mexico or California where they’re with their own kind.

Maybe Blitzer would be trapped under a fallen overpass after a nice earthquake and an American rescuer would find his body and notify his life mate.

Joe on October 13, 2009 at 10:09 am

I’m with Drakken – Columbus was definitely not the first European to reach the Americas. (Lief Erickson anyone?)

Dont Tread On Me on October 13, 2009 at 10:26 am

smudge, it is bing not bling.


great daily pictures and better search results plus visual search is awesome.

Ken Blazek on October 13, 2009 at 11:02 am

very interesting teaching about Colombo’s first journey

MK750 on October 13, 2009 at 12:59 pm

All those who find Columbus guilty should pack up and leave America. They should move back to the countires of their origin.

I for one, love Columbus, and choose to stay in the country I love, America. America, love it or leave it. I wish all those communist lefty swines, would stop their whining and move to Cuba.

So long suckers!

Aaron S. on October 13, 2009 at 4:42 pm

Christopher Columbus is an evil coldblooded genocidal pig !. He is the world’s first serial killer, the Jeffrey Dahmer and John Wayne Gacy of the 1400s. He exploited, enslaved, murdered and butchered millions of poor innocent Native Americans !. He means nothing to me !.

Aishah Bowron on November 24, 2010 at 7:18 am

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