Steve Cuozzo to New York: Drop useless.
Words I by no means thought I’d write. A lifelong Big Apple advocate who’s shared my optimism in these pages by our worst days — after 9/11 and all through the pandemic — I now see little to no hope of rescuing our socio-political tradition from its decline into nihilistic lunacy.
This week, New York City public colleges abolished Columbus Day for Indigenous Peoples’ Day — a transfer that offends me much less as an Italian American than as an American.
Banning Columbus just isn’t about addressing the explorer’s wrongs, which have been no secret to any educated particular person for a minimum of 50 years. It’s simple that his “discovery” of America led to merciless subjugation of Native Americans. But it additionally opened the door to a New World that individuals round the globe got here to envy for its humanistic tradition, materials abundance and however-imperfect embrace of particular person liberty. If Columbus “discovered” America, canceling him is about canceling America.
What’s extra, Columbus dedicated his crimes towards humanity over 5 centuries in the past, when slaughter and slavery have been the means of a lot of the world. And but, our metropolis celebrates criminals who dedicated their heinous deeds in far more latest reminiscence.
Take, for instance, Oscar Lopez Rivera, who was invited by our City Council to guide the Puerto Rican Day Parade in 2017 — simply 25 years after helming the terrorist group FALN, which launched greater than 100 bombings on US soil.
Or early twentieth century black separatist Marcus Garvey, who wished to repatriate black Americans to Liberia. He consorted with the Ku Klux Klan on the right way to obtain it. He was so nuts that fellow radical W.E.B. Du Bois condemned him as “the most dangerous enemy of the Negro race in America and in the world.” Garvey blamed “dirty Jews” for a fraud conviction that despatched him to jail — against the law for which former President Barack Obama declined to pardon him.
But in our looney-tunes city, Garvey might do no flawed. Thanks to metropolis bureaucrats, his title adorns a Harlem park and a Brooklyn housing mission.
Fact: Many of our metropolis’s leaders actually, really, don’t like this nation in any respect — from its “inequity” to its well being care to its quick meals. And they’ve seized management of the microphone like Third World guerrillas who breach the palace defenses.
Our bureaucrat class seethes with thinly hid, sneering contempt for residents of European — and Asian — descent. Which is why the imbeciles at the Department of Education nixed Columbus Day on the new faculty calendar and changed it with Indigenous Peoples’ Day — despite the fact that the metropolis remains to be dwelling to a minimum of 800,000 Italian Americans, its largest ethnic group based on the US census.
In our corridors of studying, the howling minority guidelines.
Not even Italian-American Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Italian-American Mayor Bill de Blasio, who’re purported to be in control of metropolis public colleges, might save poor Columbus from cancellation.
De Blasio later criticized the transfer as “arbitrary” and claimed that neither he nor colleges chancellor Meisha Ross Porter was consulted on it.
Cuomo, too, threw up his arms: They didn’t inform me! Neither did anybody else know, actually not lecturers who’ve been successfully on strike throughout the COVID-19 pandemic whereas amassing full pay for fourteen months.
Back in 2017, I wrote that the true aim of a marketing campaign to take away Columbus monuments and different tainted nationwide heroes was to repudiate “the legitimacy of the United States of America itself.”
New York’s economic system will survive the pandemic. Real property and Broadway will rebound.
But proper now, I can’t recover from the feeling that the metropolis I love regards me, and tens of millions of others who nonetheless imagine in America, as chopped liver. New York City is so bent to the prevailing progressive winds that reversing the tide appears hopeless.
Woke betide us.