1 The rhetoric against celebrating Columbus Day is at bottom an attack on American values and the nation itself, making the case that the culture should bask in eternal guilt and shame for the crime of existing. It has always been thus: I heard the counter-Columbus claims when I was a kid and living in Boston, where you can’t throw a spitball without hitting an Italian or a Catholic. Then, however, there were sufficient numbers of responsible elected officials who put those ignorant and warped arguments in their place—the trash. Now, the path of least resistance reigns.
We celebrate Columbus because he brought European culture and civilization to the New World, making our nation possible. He was the butterfly flapping his wings in the Amazon, in Chaos terms: without Columbus, everything might be different. One thing that would not be different, however, is that the stone age cultures that lived in the Americas would not have prevailed, thrived and survived. Blaming Chis for the inevitable destruction of primitive cultures when more advanced and ambitious ones arrived, as they were going to with or without Columbus, is scapegoating of the worst kind.
We also celebrate Columbus because of the good and important things his first voyage symbolizes: mankind’s constant search for knowledge; the bravery of explorers; the visionary who dares to challenge conventional wisdom.
We have not, so far at least, renamed Martin Luther King Day as Victims of Adultery Day. Columbus was a man of his time, working for a brutal regime. He did many things that were wrong even by the standards of the time. Irrelevant. He opened the door from the Old World to the New, and made the United States of America possible.
That’s worth celebrating.
2. Robert E. Lee High School in San Antonio wins some kind of weasel award for responding to pressure to de-honor that racist slave-owner Robert E. Lee by renaming it LEE High School, with LEE being an acronym meaning Legacy of Educational Excellence High School. Pretty impressive, that: managing to be cowardly, irresponsible, and deceitful, all at once. Capitulating to the Left’s statue-toppling, historical airbrushing mania is wrong; doing so while not really doing it is worse. Keep recognizing the General, or don’t.
Who wants people like this teaching their children?
3. ESPN didn’t think it was necessary to suspend anchor Jemele Hill for tweeting that the President of the United States was a white supremacist, but when she dared to suggest that advertisers boycott NFL teams that forbade the kneeling stunt currently killing NFL fan loyalty, ratings, ticket sales and popularity, that really crossed some lines. The network suspended Weeks after she expressed outrage at the ownership of the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins for making a “No-knee” policy for its players.
“Jemele Hill has been suspended for two weeks for a second violation of our social media guidelines,” ESPN said in a statement. “In the aftermath all employees were reminded of how individual tweets may reflect negatively on ESPN and that such actions would have consequences. Hence this decision.”
Ethics Alarms is on record as holding that Hill should have been disciplined for the anti-Trump tweet, but I sympathize with her here. She had every reason to believe that she had received special dispensation to air her progressive, resistance, Black Lives Matter advocacy using her ESPN visibility as a platform, especially after Disney’s CEO admitted that she hadn’t been disciplined because she was black.
ESPN’s standards are as incoherent as the cause of the kneeling players. They send mixed signals to employees and viewers, satisfying no one, and creating a chaotic culture undermining their own business, which is, remember, covering sports.
4. More on the Harvey Weinstein mess: Actress Rose McGowran, whom you may recall as the girl with a semi-automatic for a leg in “Planet Terror,” or perhaps as the “Charmed” replacement for Shannon Doherty when she was fired, has decided she’s sick of Hollywood and acting—she has aged out of her spunky babe roles–and has become a Twitter guerilla, attacking her own industry and fellow performers. She is now hunting Harvey Weinstein, an admirable goal that would have been more admirable, not to mention timely, if she had begun while she was still working and before Weinstein had been exposed. From Vanity Fair:
In 2016, Rose McGowan made waves when she alleged that a studio head had raped her. Using the hashtag #WhyWomenDontReport, she said she never reported the alleged crime because she was told that she could never win such a case: “A (female) criminal attorney said because I’d done a sex scene in a film I would never win against the studio head,” she wrote. McGowan added that her ex-partner sold the film she was working on to her alleged rapist’s company, and that the man’s behavior was “an open secret in Hollywood/Media.”
“They shamed me while adulating my rapist,” she wrote….Since the Times revelation, McGowan has not mentioned Weinstein by name—but she has alluded to the news on Twitter…Though McGowan might never formally name Weinstein for a variety of reasons—including her alleged settlement, which may have come coupled with an N.D.A.—her tweets have made it clear that she has a personal connection to the Weinstein allegations. Perhaps now that they’re out in the open, the actress will speak openly about them as well.
Too little, too late. How many other actresses were abused, assaulted or raped while McGowran spent her pay-off and accepted her roles and the checks for them?