America today honors Christopher Columbus, a courageous explorer who discovered the New World in a daring expedition in 1492.
But for years, American leftists have sought to outright cancel Columbus. President Joe Biden didn’t go that far, but he did lend significant help to their cause.
On Friday, Biden, for the first time ever for an American president, issued a proclamation honoring “Indigenous Peoples Day.”
Biden tried to have it both ways, as he also sought to honor Columbus and the role Italian-Americans have played in shaping America. Yet he did so with the most backhanded praise ever doled out by a president.
As for those indigenous people, Biden’s proclamation noted, “Since time immemorial, American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians have built vibrant and diverse cultures — safeguarding land, language, spirit, knowledge, and tradition across the generations.”
“ On Indigenous Peoples’ Day, our Nation celebrates the invaluable contributions and resilience of Indigenous peoples, recognizes their inherent sovereignty, and commits to honoring the Federal Government’s trust and treaty obligations to Tribal Nations.”
“Our country was conceived on a promise of equality and opportunity for all people — a promise that, despite the extraordinary progress we have made through the years, we have never fully lived up to. That is especially true when it comes to upholding the rights and dignity of the Indigenous people who were here long before colonization of the Americas began.”
“For generations, Federal policies systematically sought to assimilate and displace Native people and eradicate Native cultures. Today, we recognize Indigenous peoples’ resilience and strength as well as the immeasurable positive impact that they have made on every aspect of American society. We also recommit to supporting a new, brighter future of promise and equity for Tribal Nations — a future grounded in Tribal sovereignty and respect for the human rights of Indigenous people in the Americas and around the world.”
Biden continued by pointing out how from its start his administration sought to engage tribal nations and prioritized “respect for Tribal sovereignty and self-governance.”
“History demonstrates that Native American people — and our Nation as a whole — are best served when Tribal governments are empowered to lead their communities and when Federal officials listen to and work together with Tribal leaders when formulating Federal policy that affects Tribal Nations,” he said in the proclamation.
Indigenous peoples have contributed to America’s well-being, he added, through public service, entrepreneurship, scholarship, the arts, military service, and “working essential jobs and carrying us through our gravest moments” during the pandemic. Even as COVID-19 has “harmed Indigenous peoples at an alarming and disproportionate rate.”
“We must never forget the centuries-long campaign of violence, displacement, assimilation, and terror wrought upon Native communities and Tribal Nations throughout our country,” Biden added. “On Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we honor America’s first inhabitants and the Tribal Nations that continue to thrive today. I encourage everyone to celebrate and recognize the many Indigenous communities and cultures that make up our great country.”
In an attempt to be even-handed, Biden tried to offer similar praise for Columbus and the contributions of Italian-Americans in a separate proclamation for Columbus Day.
But the most woke president in our history couldn’t help himself in smearing Columbus with boilerplate leftism.
In a proclamation allegedly aimed at noting Columbus’ historic and dangerous journey, Biden noted, “Today, we also acknowledge the painful history of wrongs and atrocities that many European explorers inflicted on Tribal Nations and Indigenous communities.”
“It is a measure of our greatness as a Nation that we do not seek to bury these shameful episodes of our past — that we face them honestly, we bring them to the light, and we do all we can to address them. For Native Americans, western exploration ushered in a wave of devastation: violence perpetrated against Native communities, displacement and theft of Tribal homelands, the introduction and spread of disease, and more.”
“On this day,,” the so-called Columbus Day proclamation continued, “we recognize this painful past and recommit ourselves to investing in Native communities, upholding our solemn and sacred commitments to Tribal sovereignty, and pursuing a brighter future centered on dignity, respect, justice, and opportunity for all people.”
“Today, let this day be one of reflection — on America’s spirit of exploration, on the courage and contributions of Italian Americans throughout the generations, on the dignity and resilience of Tribal Nations and Indigenous communities, and on the work that remains ahead of us to fulfill the promise of our Nation for all.”
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