“They are terrifying, they symbolize nothing but genocide”
As the nationwide quest to impose revisionism on major historical figures and events marches on, not even replicas are being spared this progressive nonsense.
Tuesday, in Traverse City, Michigan replica ships of the Niña and Pinta of Christopher Columbus exploratory lore, were greeted not with curious fanfare, but protests.
Invited by the Maritime Heritage Alliance, the replicas were meant to educate the citizenry on the kind of ship used during the age of exploration. But their educational efforts resulted in protesters surrounding the ships in kayaks and hollering idiocies from the shore.
Protesters described these “black ships of death” as “terrifying” and symbolizing “nothing but genocide”.
From Traverse City local news:
Protesters surrounded the ships and stood by on land as two Christopher Columbus replica ships sailed into Traverse City Wednesday night.
Replicas of the Niña and Pinta arrived at Clinch Park to offer tours for what some consider a celebration of American history.
However, some groups like the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians strongly disagree, leading to protests
“We look at it as educating people and getting a positive message out, we’re not here to really protest, we’re here to educate,” said Tom Shomin, councilor for the tribe.
“That’s not right, those things should not be here, they are terrifying, they symbolize nothing but genocide, nothing more,” said Timothy Grey.
A protest on land and water Wednesday night in Traverse City, after the Maritime Heritage Alliance invited the Columbus replica ships to Traverse City for a recreation of history.
“It’s part of history, you have to be respectful and we’re here educating the people about the types of ships that were used during the ancient discovery,” said Stephen Sanger, one of the captains. “They’re more than welcome to come down and voice their opinion but we’re all here teaching history, you can’t change it.”
The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians see it differently and even describe them as the black ships of death.
“We’re an inclusive people, we’re a welcoming people, and we just want the truth to be told and when you have these ships coming in and being celebrated in this way, that’s because it’s of a false history,” said Shomin.
The tribe will be out there until Tuesday, sharing information and peacefully protesting.
“Columbus was not the best guy in the world, he did a lot of things that we’re not really proud of and so to have the Native Americans have an educational opportunity to give a second side of this we think it’s a real win-win,” said Woody Wright, member of the Maritime Heritage Alliance.
All of this was said straight-faced with no acknowledgement of the fact that Columbus’s poor navigation ultimately lead to the creation of the country with affords the ill-informed to protest factual historical events.
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