What did Christopher Columbus ever do to the fine people living in San Jose, California in 2018? The man died in the early 1500’s. He never went to California, and he certainly didn’t discover it. Still, Columbus’s journey remade the Americas and led to a manifest destiny that ultimately drove Americans to the Golden Coast.
Now, Christopher Columbus has to go. Whatever problems San Jose may have, the City Council thinks putting Columbus in storage is an immediate need to attack those problems.
The statue of Columbus has taken a prominent place at San Jose’s City Hall since the 1950’s. It was a gift from an Italian American group in 1958, but as news reports indicate, it has recently been at the center of “cultural wars.” The statue … an inanimate object, has been attacked twice, apparently by people intolerant of Italian culture?
“Columbus never landed in the Alviso Marina. So there is no policy basis for keeping a statue of somebody who was not from San Jose in City Hall,” Liccardo said during a contentious meeting.
Members of Italian-American organizations spoke up to defend Columbus’s contributions. “It’s kind of a setback in our culture. Columbus is renown throughout the world, not just in Italy,” said Tony Zerbo with the Italian American Heritage Foundation. “Italian Americans here, in San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area are very proud of that.”
Those committed to historically cleansing towns and countries of symbols that offend them won the day. The statute is to be moved into storage, as no business or group wanted to claim it … lest the cultural brownshirts attack them too.
Five-hundred plus years after he landed, a man some thought a great explorer, has been branded a ruthless colonizer and vanquished to storage.
Author: Richard Kelsey
Richard Kelsey is the Editor-in-Chief of Committed Conservative.
He is an Attorney, a former Assistant Law School Dean, Law Professor, and Virginia state court law clerk. Dean Kelsey was also the CEO of a technology company specializing in combating cyber-fraud. He is a regular commentator on legal and political issues in print, radio and on TV.
Rich graduated from George Mason law school, clerked for the Arlington Circuit Court, and later joined an AM LAW top 10 law firm practicing commercial litigation. He left the firm to be counsel and CEO to a consulting firm, rising to CEO of Turiss, LLC, a technology firm specializing in computer forensics, digital investigations, and fighting cyber-fraud through civil intel services and new technologies. Upon the sale of the company, Kelsey returned to Mason Law, where in the years before his return, he both taught at the school and served as President of the Law Alumni Association. Kelsey was the Assistant Dean for Management and Planning.
At Mason, Dean Kelsey taught legal writing and analysis and an advanced litigation seminar. In 2014 he was elected by the graduating class as the faculty speaker at their graduation. While serving the former George Mason Law, Kelsey conceived of, planned, and brought to fruition Mason’s Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, known as CPIP.
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