Columbus Is Back in Denver!
by David Yeagley:
America`s Unending Romance]
Depressed by the election? Here`s evidence that things
sometimes really do get better too.
The Columbus Day Parade is once again
alive and well in Denver, Colorado, despite being
shut down by
anti-American Leftists from
1992 to 2000. Its return is a credit to the
steadfast respect for freedom and American values shown
Italian-Americans in Colorado. Theirs is an untold
story of dedication which, if known, every American
In celebration, I decided to go to Denver this year,
2006, and support the parade.
You might wonder: what`s a
Comanche Indian doing at a parade celebrating the
man who brought Europe to America—and hell to the
But I say the real question is:
why blame Columbus for the last 514 years of history
in the Western Hemisphere?
If there`s to be any objection to what`s happened since
that fateful day of October 12, 1492 on the island of
Lucayos, the fault lies with those native people who
accepted Columbus so graciously, not with the handful of
foreign, civilian adventurers who came ashore.
don`t blame Columbus; I blame the
The Taino were fascinated with the white, bearded
foreigners and their odd clothing. After all, the Taino
wore nothing. And the Taino had no disposition of fear
Columbus described them as "very friendly,"
and said that "they could be
much more easily converted to our holy faith by
gentle means than by force."
The name "Taino" (tah-ee`-no) was, in the language of
the natives, their word for "good," or "noble."
Supposedly, the Taino consciously eschewed violence and
war. Apparently that`s why they migrated north, away
from their Arawak relatives of Venezuela. Perhaps they
were driven away. Perhaps this is why they gave Columbus
the impression that the other Arawak Indians of the
islands, the Caribs, were
horrid, violent cannibals.
So, the good guys let Columbus in.
The peace-loving liberal Taino Indians opened the
door to the tragedy of the next five centuries.
can accept this story. Indeed. So let`s not blame
Columbus for being an aggressor, but let`s blame the
Taino for not being willing to
fight for their land, for their own people, for the
In fact, I`m rather fascinated with the vision of
Columbus. Columbus was a risk taker. Columbus was
willing to dare. This is how great things are
accomplished in the world.
thought I`d make a trip to Denver and say that, as an
Indian, particularly as a Comanche—a people
so well known for "exploration" in the
Southwest (along with plunder and hunting!)—I should
lend my support to a cultural hero.
While I was there, I learned how deeply older Italians
feel about the Columbus Parade. Denver has been
celebrating Columbus since 1905. I met an Italian lady
there, Mickie, who was born in Brooklyn, NY. Her father
was an immigrant, who wanted the
American dream for his children. Mickie was in her
70`s. She told me, "My father never saw the dream.
Roosevelt declared a national holiday for Columbus
in 1937, my father said, `Well, maybe
they`ll like Italians now.`" She was so humble
and sincere I wished the world could have heard her.
Well, I made sure at least Denver would hear something
about this – from me. The Italians and I held a press
conference on Monday, October 2, the week of the parade.
Denver TV and news media were there. ABC affiliate
7 News posted
a video report of the conference (hit "search,"
then type "American Indian speaks in support of
Rocky Mountain News, the
YourHub.com, and Denver`s CBS 4
posted several videos about the actual parade. (I
Mike Rosen`s 850 KOA
radio show earlier that morning, just
before Governor Bill Own.)
feel the protest against Columbus has been created by
men with no vision, with very small minds, and men with
a certain parasitical spirit.
There were three representatives from the
Transform Columbus Day Alliance in the audience (all
non-Indian Leftists of course). I sincerely appealed to
their personal lives. "Which of you has experienced
anything of the
grandeur, the magnificence,
inspiration, the glory, of anything remotely
comparable to that of Christopher Columbus?"
They were of course, silent. (Afterwards, the Honorary
Vice Consul of Italy,
Maria Scordo Allen who was present at the press
conference told me she had never heard such a
perspective before.) I wanted these protesters to see
how truly small they appear in reality.
also questioned them about the effects of their
perspective. "Have you considered the effect of your
prolonged resentment on young people?" I told
them that their negative world view was pernicious.
Nothing stifles the natural aspirations of young people
than a negative approach to life. Nothing is so
crippling to their natural ambitions than a hateful
attitude toward life—in the
guise of historical justice.
As the "discussion" continued, I heard one of
platitudes straight from the
Communist Manifesto. I said, "What are you, a
So the news media seized the opportunity to declare that
the discussion denigrated into "name calling."
(The opponents called me "racist.")
Interestingly, no American Indian Movement
Ward Churchill or Glenn Morris, condescended to
appear at the press conference. I think it is terribly
important that we Indians dissociate ourselves from
anti-white, anti-American liberal social upheavals.
We have enough problems to overcome without associating
ourselves with marginal academic riff-raff.
The Italians told me later that the news reports were
surprisingly fair, considering those of recent years.
That sad fact made me shudder a bit, because I felt some
major points were missed, and I was
definitely misrepresented in the Rocky Mountain
several times, about my
Columbus Parade support,
before and after the press conference.
But one glorious fact remains after all this: the
Columbus Day Celebration is back.
Next, let`s regain Christmas!
Dr. David A. Yeagley [email
is an enrolled member of the
and on his own Web site
and he is a regular speaker for
Young America`s Foundation.
David Yeagley`s columns for VDARE.COM include
An American Indian View of Immigration, and
To Deport or not to Deport.
David Yeagley is the author of Bad Eagle: The Rantings of a Conservative Comanche.