Speaking at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire, Sen. Kamala Harris announced that she would support a federal law to change Columbus Day to “Indigenous Peoples Day.” She told the crowd that “we are the scene of a crime when it comes to what we did with slavery and Jim Crow and institutionalized racism in this country, and we have to be honest about that.”
We can expect her view to quickly become mainstream in the Democratic Party, as the candidates attempt to outdo one another in appealing to the social justice warriors. And while it would be easy to dismiss this as virtue-signaling, her remarks represent something much larger than merely changing the name of a holiday.
A nation’s collective identity is rooted in a sense of shared history. Destroying that shared history is the first step in radically transforming a society.
Abraham Lincoln in his first inaugural address spoke of “the mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living human heart and hearthstone all over this broad land.”
Radio commentator Dennis Prager, in his book The Rational Bible, asked, “Who are we, if not our memories?”
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