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CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS: DEAD WHITE MALE The 500th anniversary of 1492 is approaching. Remember 1492? “In Fourteen Hundred Ninety - Two / Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” Discovery and exploration. Bolívar and Je ʃ erson. Liberty and democracy. The last best hope for man. The left is not amused. In Madrid, the Association of Indian Cultures announces that it will mark the occasion with acts of “sabotage.” In the U.S., the Columbus in Context Coalition declares that the coming event provides “progressives” with their best political opening “since the Vietnam War.” The National Council of Churches (NCC) condemns the “discovery” as “an invasion and colonization with legalized occupation, genocide, economic exploitation and a deep level of institutional racism and moral decadence.” One of its leaders calls for “a year of repentance and reflection rather than a year of celebration.” For the left, the year comes just in time. The revolutions of 1989 having put a dent in the case for the degeneracy of the West, 1992 o ʃ ers a welcome new point of attack. The point is the Origin. The villain is Columbus. The crime is the discovery the rape of America. The attack does, however, present the left with some rather exquisite problems of political correctness. After all, Columbus was an agent of Spain, and his most direct legacy is Hispanic America. The denunciation of the Spanish legacy as one of cruelty and

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