Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

October 18, 2013

Oct. 18, 2013: Letters to the editor

Kokomo Tribune

---- — Burgess butchers American history

As an American history teacher, I read with great interest Mr. Rob Burgess’ recent denunciation of Columbus Day as a celebration of, among other things, “torture, rape, theft, slavery, mutilation and slaughter.” His remarks are not surprising. They are the logical result of an education steeped in close-minded allegiance to multicultural blather. Burgess is merely imitating the nonsense that is promulgated in liberal college lecture halls and reiterated in press releases from liberal groups like the National Council of Churches that declared Columbus Day was “not a time for celebration” but for whites to “reflect” on a continuing history of “oppression, degradation and genocide.”

But if you’ll excuse me, I’d like to take a brief moment away from my shameful internal reflection on things I didn’t do to call bull.

Columbus’ own journal reveals that he held the peaceful natives he encountered in high esteem. He marveled at their beauty, praised their generosity and admired their intellect. So what happened? What caused the Europeans to change their minds about the natives in such a way that it led to intense conflict? Liberal academics blame Europeans for their sense of racial superiority. You can believe that, but there is no actual evidence to support it. What the Europeans themselves record is that they turned on many Indian tribes after witnessing the brutal, gruesome and inhuman treatment those tribes inflicted upon smaller, innocent, peaceful ones.

This is why I laughed when I read Burgess condemn a Columbus Day celebration of the “genocidal” Europeans while simultaneously advocating the celebration of an “Indigenous Peoples Day.” Call me crazy, but that seems a tad bit inconsistent given the way those Indigenous People treated one another. As Dias records:

“[The natives] strike open the wretched [victim’s] chest with flint knives and hastily tear out the palpitating heart which, with the blood, they present to the idols in whose name they have performed the sacrifice. Then they cut off the arms, thighs, and head, eating the arms and thighs at their ceremonial banquets. The head they hang up on a beam, and the body of the sacrificed man is not eaten but given to the beasts of prey.”

Cannibalism and human sacrifice. Happy Indigenous Peoples Day, Mr. Burgess.

You simply cannot state that you “generally try to make a point not to give respect to the memory of … genocidal murderers,” as Burgess writes, and in the next breath advocate for giving respect to the memory of genocidal murderers.

No doubt many Indian civilizations were destroyed following European arrival. But what liberal history revisionists fail to acknowledge is that the Europeans were joined in their conquest of the Aztecs and Incas by several native tribes who were tired of being brutalized, raped, massacred, scalped and eaten by their fellow natives.

Finally, it is always interesting to observe leftist multicultural types like Burgess hurling judgmental condemnation of European evils, apparently not realizing that to do so they are relying on a doctrine of human rights that they only possess because those “evil” Europeans brought it here. The concepts of human rights and property rights are decidedly Western. Which means, of course, had Columbus not initiated their implementation here in the Americas, there is little chance Mr. Burgess or his leftist academic friends would be privileged with the opportunity to distort history with impunity.

Peter Heck


‘We have bigger issues to discuss’

The article, “What’s in a name? A slur, in this case,” is absolutely silly and should’ve never been published in the first place.

Is that where we are at as a country, that we waste our time arguing over a name for a football team? This name “Redskins” has been used for over 80 years, and now it’s an issue. I think this country has bigger issues to deal with.

Just because Bob Costas, a liberal ideological clown, makes mention of this on “Sunday Night Football,” now it’s an issue for the liberals.

If they change the name, then maybe People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) needs to get all teams that have animal names changed because teams are exploiting animals as mascots. Maybe I should be offended by the Phoenix Suns name because I get sunburned every summer.

We have bigger, more important, issues to discuss than whether a small portion of this country is offended by a name.

Ryan Wolf


Morality redefined with our blessing

Forty years ago, we were taken hostage by what the Supreme Court called Roe v. Wade.

Our first mistake as the Church of Jesus Christ, and as a nation, was to acknowledge it as the law of the land. Our second mistake was to allow lawyers and politicians to convince us that they would take care of this moral dilemma.

They have not only succeeded in redefining morality by enacting laws that allow exceptions to, regulate, and compromise the slaughter of the most innocent among us, they have done it with our blessings. They have wasted our time, our money, and have contributed to the greatest holocaust known to man.

Michael J. Amatuzzo