For Native Americans, the explorer’s impact was “nothing short of a catastrophe,” said John Jenkins, the university’s president.
Hayley Miller - Huffington Post - January 22, 2019
The University of Notre Dame will cover up a series of murals depicting Christopher Columbus amid backlash over the paintings’ stereotypical and inaccurate portrayal of Native Americans and their relationship with white European explorers, the school announced.
The 12 murals, painted by Luigi Gregori in the 1880s, adorn the entrance of the university’s Main Building, a busy throughway that houses administration offices and some classrooms, in South Bend, Indiana.
At the time of their creation, the paintings were intended to empower Catholic immigrants in America, but their message whitewashes the catastrophic impact European explorers had on native peoples, Notre Dame President John Jenkins wrote in a letter to members of the school’s community on Saturday.
Impact of the Spanish Empire still ignored
Christopher Columbus? Who was he? He was an agent of the Spanish Empire. His bosses were King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. If someone is killed or injured by a defective automobile design, do they sue some foreman overseeing the assembly line?..... or do they sue the owners of the company? This remains the fifty ton pink elephant in the living room that is never spoken about regarding this "issue" by the managed mainstream news. These "issues" are virtually always decided upon by people in high places and/or of great wealth who have organized and financed this Neo-Liberal agenda. Neo-Liberalism has little to do with what was once "the left," as they have embraced some of the most shocking far right wing financial, economic, and military movements for an entire generation now.
In another great irony, from the standpoint of the University of Notre Dame, Columbus was also concurrently a proxy representative of the Vatican. So using their own logic, maybe they should cover up all religious symbols? Why not cover up any Roman symbols or architecture since the Roman Empire invaded and dominated many people? How about just cover up the American flag? The Catholic imperial nations---Spain, Portugal, and France---were in league with the Catholic Church as they invaded the New World and massively partook in the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. What ever happened to the saying "don't throw stones if you live in a glass house"..??
Queen Isabella was no mere figurehead following the lead of the King. She was directly involved in the Spanish Inquisition; you know... "kicking the Muslims and Jews out've Spain." Lets face it, Notre Dame is a representative of the Catholic Church in America, therefore---using their own logic---are culpable for, for example, the rarely-discussed bloody genocide in Croatia in the middle of the last century where tens of thousands of people were outright murdered because "they happened to not be Catholic." Why can't all of us just sit down and take total inventory of all movements of genocidal and forced servitude in human history?; because there wouldn't be enough bags to cover everyone's heads... with the exception of the Tibetans I suppose.
Name virtually any race, ethnicity, religion or culture.. and I'll show you something in their history that is totally indefensible.... even ones who may be labeled as victims by this agenda. Notre Dame wants to erase history, but is stone silent about two thousand years of Catholic imperial aggression. This isn't my issue... they're the ones who've now entered the arena of historical blame, guilt, and punishment! The Bible says that homosexuality is---to say the least---very bad. Okay, using their own logic, maybe it's time to ban the Bible from the Notre Dame campus? It's clearly a homophobic book and obviously must offend many of the students, right?? There certainly must be more homosexuals among the student body than there are Native Americans. Why not cover up the Virgin Mary... as it may offend the Muslim students. The great old American double-standard is alive and well.
P.S. - I have some very serious doubts that Notre Dame President John Jenkins sympathizes with the Catholic immigrants of that time period. I guess him being a Catholic official, gives him the right to discriminate against Irish, Italian, and Slavic Catholics.
What did the guy who lost his job say? He said "I didn't really lose my job. Some other guy has it now."
Notre Dame to cover up murals of Columbus in New World