University of Maine Publicly Shames College Republicans in Flap Over Columbus Day
“The most successful tactic of Communists is rewriting history and destroying our heritage”
A mayor in Maine defended Columbus Day and the College Republicans thanked him. They also noted the brutality of the Aztecs and other indigenous peoples. The school publicly shamed them for this.
Campus Reform reports:
UMaine PUBLICLY SHAMES College Republicans for Columbus Day comments in CAMPUS-WIDE EMAIL
The University of Maine publicly shamed the school’s College Republicans chapter in a campus-wide email after the group expressed its opinion about the Columbus Day vs. Indigenous Peoples’ Day controversy.
Earlier this year, Maine Democrat Gov. Janet Mills signed a bill that officially changed Columbus Day to “Indigenous Peoples’ Day.” Monday will be the first official observation of the newly named holiday in the state of Maine.
After Waterville, Maine Republican Mayor Nick Isgro publicly announced his disapproval of the change at an Oct. 1 city council meeting, the University of Maine College Republicans made a Facebook post, thanking Isgro for his comments and for “standing up to the Radical Left-Wing agenda,” as reported by News Center Maine.
“The most successful tactic of Communists is rewriting history and destroying our heritage,” the group wrote. “WE must not forget the brutal societies that Christopher Columbus and other explorers discovered in America. These societies were corrupted by rampant ritual sacrifice and cannibalism.”
After the group voiced its opinion, UMaine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy and Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Life Robert Dana sent an email to the student body to “provide the University of Maine position on recent Facebook posts by the UMaine College Republicans on their private Facebook page.”
“The positions reflected and reposted on that page are neither supported by nor reflective of the University of Maine’s values and principles of inclusivity and equity,” Ferrini-Mundy and Dana, who accused the College Republicans of using “15th-century Spanish war propaganda to dehumanize indigenous peoples, implying all indigenous peoples of the Americas are brutal savages,” wrote.
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Unbelievable. Does the University of Maine find it necessary to send out an e-mail with their position on every university club Facebook page? What bigotry against their own students. I think the college Republicans should sue. This is a clear indication that the university considers Republicans to be retrobates who need constant supervision … if not banning.
I am also surprised that the Univeristy of Maine does not know that North American Indians tortured captured prisoners, both white and Indian. They also have no concept that these “noble savages” were for the most part living on the edge of starvation. Few tribes had begun to grow crops or were able to store food for any length of time. They did not abandon the old and the sick because they were heartless, but because they could not feed them through the winter.
No- the bigotry displayed by the college dean with his statement was bigger than any chastising of students made publicly:
“…accused the College Republicans of using “15th-century Spanish war propaganda to dehumanize indigenous peoples, implying all indigenous peoples of the Americas are brutal savages,”
The graphics the students posted on their site (depicting sacrificial rituals performed by the Mexica) actually come from the Codex Magliabechiano and Codex Tovar, drawn by the Aztecs themselves over European paper which the missionary friars documented in order to galvanize a record of their culture and language. Those books did not even make it to Spain until around the 19th century, and to this day a museum in Rhode Island has one of the documents as part of their permanent collection. In the U.S, much close to the state of Maine.
That item is considered national patrimony for the Mexican government, yet this guy has the gall to use it to spew a vicious calumny against those of Spanish descent by saying it was a “Spanish war propaganda”? If any propaganda is going on here is this reviving of the “Black Legend” against Hispanic history for political purposes. It is starting to affect certain international relations, and some legal issues have arisen that are affecting those of such heritage in the U.S., awakening the freedom to expose the inherent bias that many harbor against Americans that happen to have a different cultural heritage.