Somerville, Massachusetts, is in the news for a second time this week, this time for putting an end to its Columbus Day holiday and replacing it with the mythical “Indigenous Peoples Day” — which is not really a celebration of anything.
The news comes from Boston’s CBS affiliate:
Somerville joins Cambridge and other places in New England like Portland, Maine and Durham, New Hampshire by choosing to recognize those who lived in the Americas before European colonization instead of Christopher Columbus.
“Columbus Day is a relic of an outdated and oversimplified version of history,” Curtatone wrote in Facebook post. “We all know there’s more to the story than a nursery rhyme.”
He says Columbus “participated in the early stages of what became a genocide,” leading to “enslavement, torture and dismemberment” of the natives on Hispaniola.
“Observance of that loss and respect for the people who suffered it is not a lot to ask from those of us whose families migrated here in its wake,” Curtatone writes.
Curtatone, an Italian-American, says Columbus “didn’t discover anything” and “Italians have a lot to be proud of without overblowing the cultural importance of Columbus.”
“This issue is a lot like the Confederate flag for southerners,” Curtatone said. “We are proud of our heritage. Yet the specifics of this holiday run so deep into human suffering that we need to shift our pride elsewhere.”
This should probably not surprise anyone. After all, this is the same town whose citizens were seen tearing down American flags from the graves of veterans and then urinate on them.
In the story, which broke just yesterday, a man observed several young people ripping out the small flags at the city’s Somerville Veterans Memorial Cemetery, throwing them to the ground, and then urinating on them. The three 20-somethings were then seen laughing and sauntering away from the cemetery.
These are the sort of people the town of Somerville is spawning.
But they are led by someone of like mind. You may recall the name of the town’s mayor, Joey Curtatone. The mayor made news in August by refusing to drink the region’s famous beer, Sam Adams, because the CEO of the beer company thanked President Donald Trump for the tax cuts.
This ignoramus was incensed because the beer company CEO was happy that the company that employs hundreds of Massachusetts citizens will be more competitive with Trump’s tax cuts.
But that wasn’t any good as far as Curtatone was concerned.
I will never drink Sam Adam's beer again! https://t.co/UCywb9I7xE
— Joseph A. Curtatone (@JoeCurtatone) August 12, 2018
Yep, it looks like Somerville, MA, is just another bastion of anti-Americanism.
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