OCTOBER 12 DAY OF DISGRACE
By David Workman
Commissioned by Adolph Caso
DAY OF HOOR
NOT OF DISGRACE
By Adolph Caso
Letter to the Boston Globe in response to the article, Columbus and Italian-Americans—a sad marriage, by Roland Merullo:
Good morning. No, this is not a good morning; I am reading John W. Henry’s Boston Globe, especially on Columbus Day!
Poor Columbus! He died in anonymity—a typical announcement for every Spaniard on the day of his/her death was posted in the local square of the deceased. On the day of Columbus’ death, however, there was no such announcement.
Thanks to Columbus, however, John W. Henry, the publisher of the Boston Globe, and, Roland Merullo are having the time of their lives at the expense of that man. Without Columbus, they would not be here. None of us would be here!
In his, Columbus and Italian-Americans—a sad marriage, in first line, he admits to the following: “When I was a boy, my father owned a book called, ‘Columbus WAS first’. I never read it. I’m sure he never read it…” despite the fact that the only documents we have of the four expeditions were and are still the logs written by Columbus, himself, which neither Mr. Merullo Senior, nor his son, ever read.
Yet, Merullo observes that, “Columbus’ record of brutality or his pivotal role in the heinous practice of owning and selling human beings. Torture, punitive amputations, wholesale slaughter of the generally peaceful native peoples he encountered on his four voyages…and so much to be ashamed of in the nation’s continued elevation of Columbus to hero’s status.”
In other words, Columbus was and is the worst human being on this earth. Because of his acts of “repression”, therefore, Columbus’ statues in our public spaces need to be removed and pulverized. In essence, however, Columbus, through his voyages, proved that European could reach India or Chins by sailing west over the Atlantic Ocean—four times!
In his first voyage, wherein Columbus showed the world how to sail to “China-India” by going west on the unknown Atlantic, Columbus landed in the waters adjacent to two continents unknown to the world. In his first Log, he called the new “Indians” and described them as handsome, primitive, and docile—a people who could easily be conquered. (He was made to understand that others were cannibals; and so reported in his Log. They had no religion as such nor knew how to read or write). He took five of them onto his two ships (the third was grounded and the crew left behind in what was to be the first settlement of Europeans in “China-India”). While on board, two jumped off the ship and swam back ashore. The other three became successful icons in the Queen’s court where the Europeans saw–for themselves– that China-India had been successfully reached by his sailing westwards.
In his second voyage, wherein he hit the bull’s eye again in reaching his destination, Columbus discovered that those “docile” Indians had massacred the entire settlement. In that Log, Columbus showed no sign of retribution against anyone. He couldn’t, even if he wanted to: The Spaniards were in charge.
In his third voyage wherein he showed the Spaniards how to successfully reach “China-India”, Columbus was bound and kept in chains on his voyage back to Spain. Unlike the Indians who had the freedom to dive off Columbus’ ship, Columbus did not have such option.
Acquitted of any charge, Queen Isabella sent Columbus back to “China-India”. On his return, Columbus was allowed to live the rest of his life in oblivion. His only wish: in his will, he gave money to the City of Genova, with the hope of sending crusaders to free the holy land from Muslim oppression.
So, what did Columbus do for the native “Indians”? Directly, nothing! Indirectly, the natives did away with cannibalism. They became Christians. They learned how to read and write. They began to record their history. They became active in every aspect of modern life. They became humans having the freedom to evolve into independent citizens—their heads on their shoulders. With the help of their church, they did away with institutionalized slavery–unlike the new Christians—from Africa, Europe and America, who exploited those poor souls by capturing and enslaving them by their own chiefs and kings. As important, because of Columbus’ discovery of sailing west to reach the east, his discoveries–through later immigrations, Columbus put an end to the practice of decapitating hundreds of thousands of individuals by their own “noble” leaders, thus saving the lives of untold numbers of future natives. And, not to forget: because of Columbus, the pervasive practice of human sacrifice by the removal of the heart came to an end. Generations upon generations of human beings have been saved. One is to ask: where is the heart of Mr. Merullo? Finally, Columbus introduced to them, Jesus–their ultimate Savior.
Long after Columbus’ death, and because of Americo Vespucci, neither the indigenous people nor the Europeans knew of the existence of the North and South American continents.
The haciendas needing to be manned by “Indian” slaves did not exist; and, the cotton fields of North America requiring slaves from Africa did not exist either. Beyond and after Columbus, himself, there was little humanism among either the Europeans or of the “Indians”: they are the ones who turned slavery into the repressive institution we have come to know so well. One should want to know: when, how, and who created this abominable institution; and, even try to discover who dismantled it.
Were it not for Columbus, the 1620 shores of Plymouth MA would never have welcomed that Mayflower!
Millions of Indians died from new diseases; likewise. Europeans died by the millions due to syphilis; as a result, they created Puritanism—to save their souls.
Were it not for him, the Irish would not have had potatoes, and the Italians would not be feeding pizza to the world. On the new continent, the Indians would not have had pigs and horses, which gave them mobility. Ironically, the same things would have happened if someone, other than Columbus, had discovered the way to the east by going west.
In its October 12, 2017 edition of the Boston Globe, its editors have one single entry of the day Columbus revealed to the world, on our behalf, how to reach America. On the last page of the Sports section—THIS DAY IN HISTORY: the editors report that “In 1492 (according to the Old Style calendar) Columbus’ expedition arrived in present-day Bahamas.” Even in this pithy reference, the calendar may be wrong, and that, the expedition—not Columbus—landed in the Bahamas.
Native Americans can have a day of their own to celebrate their heritage. It is neither necessary nor warranted to do it on the back of somebody long dead. Columbus continues to be dead; he cannot and should not be standing in their way in establishing their own Indigenous Day Celebration.
Mr. Merullo, you said that neither your father nor you read the book on Columbus. At the same time, you call yourself an Italian American spokesman. You are worse than the people behind hoaxes of the Vinland map and the Kensington Stone, wherein the authors are trying to rob Columbus of his due fame; you, in addition are also denigrating the essence of a human being from whom you are deriving your very, sorry, existence!
American of Italian descent–
Ready, yes, honorably ready
to salute any statue of