The Christopher Columbus statue is shown at Manhattan’s Columbus Circle, Sunday Aug. 27, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Many people, me included, have today off for what is still called Columbus Day, celebrating the “discovery” of America by Christopher Columbus in 1492.  Of course, we now know that Leif Erikson and the Vikings had discovered the New World years previous, but that is beside the fact.

In many states and communities, Columbus has been replaced by something new- Indigenous People’s Day.  This is a nod to the pre-Colombian cultures that roamed the vast forests of America.  In reality, one could view Columbus Day as the start of the 6-week Leftist attack on Thanksgiving which celebrates those nasty, white, English settlers known as Pilgrims who, despite a lavish weeklong feast with their Indian neighbors, evolved into genocidal maniacs.

It should also be mentioned that the war on Columbus Day is a stealth war on Christianity.  Columbus was a Christian sailing under the banner of Spain and their Christian leaders Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand who rose to power and purged Islam from the Iberian peninsula.  That’s right- these Christian monarchs banished the inventors of the zero!  Further, depictions of the ships of Columbus have that barbaric large red cross on their sails and the people Columbus encountered in the New World were pagan (that is, not Christian).  Those are two very big strikes against Columbus: Christian and white!

To call it Indigenous People’s Day, however, is troublesome, especially when we look at these noble savages as they were through the lens of objectivity.  For example, we know they engaged in slavery (hence, slavery existed in the New World long before brutish white settlers arrived), cannibalism and tribal warfare with stone tools.  To point these facts out make you a racist and a co-conspirator in genocide.

What exactly did Columbus discover when he landed in the Caribbean?  First, the word “Caribbean” is derived from the Carib natives that inhabited the island of Hispaniola.  Columbus mispronounced the word “caniba” which made its way back to Europe.  From that mispronunciation came a new word: “cannibal.”  The noble savages had fled their village where Columbus discovered pieces of human flesh ready for the stewing pot, human bones being fashioned into arrows, and slave girls being fattened up for breeding after which they were also stewed.

After Columbus, other explorers from nasty, old white Europe came looking for riches and gold.  Those that landed in Mexico were greeted by the noble Aztecs.  They were more advanced than the brutish Caribs since they built cities and had a more organized social structure.  That simply meant that their cannibalism and ritual sacrifice was more organized.  Cortez witnessed a line of captives two miles long marched to a pyramid where they had their hearts ripped out while alive and their bodies, upon reaching the base of the pyramid, cannibalized by these noble savages.

As for those charges of genocide, because Europeans brought smallpox to the New World, it should also be mentioned that the transmission of diseases was not a one-way street.  Three years after Columbus made it to the New World, Europe was ravaged by an outbreak of syphilis, a disease unknown in Europe until that year.  It is believed it was introduced by French troops in the siege of Naples.  These troops had come into contact with Spanish mercenaries who had sailed with Columbus in 1492.

Moving back to the New World, these indigenous people are often depicted as the world’s first great environmentalists.  Maybe they taught the pilgrims to put fish heads in holes when planting crops as a good source of fertilizer.  But let us not forget that further west, long before any white man shot a buffalo, Indians were chasing whole herds off cliffs so they can eat a few and skin a few others.  We are now taught that white men began the horrible practice of scalping.  This writer does not know how true that story is, but let’s assume it is correct.  If someone teaches you how to cut up a body in a bathtub, does anyone run out and do it with aplomb?

Regardless, there is a stark reality that unites both “indigenous people” and European explorers.  Both believed in the right of conquest.  One side won and one side lost.  You can attribute that to “guns, germs, and steel” or whatever else you want, but that is the stark fact.  One side ate their captives and one side did not.

We do not tolerate pre-Colombian practices and moralities like slavery, cannibalism and ritual sacrifice of humans in modern times.  Neither should we tolerate the politically correct morals in 2019 to people in 1492.

For anyone who disagrees, you are free to celebrate Indigenous People’s Day or, more correctly, Cannibal Day.  Otherwise, happy Columbus Day.  Enjoy it if you are still lucky enough to have the day off.