Our first Columbus Day with President Trump in office will be here tomorrow, though Trump’s overall message for the day is already here. The White House has released an official proclamation to mark the national holiday, that clearly went out of its way to differentiate itself from former President Obama’s, in turn carrying white supremacist undertones with it.
Trump said that Columbus completed a voyage that was, “a remarkable and then-unparalleled feat that helped launch the age of exploration and discovery,” in the official statement he “wrote” for Columbus Day. “The permanent arrival of Europeans to the Americas was a transformative event that undeniably and fundamentally changed the course of human history and set the stage for the development of our great Nation,” the statement also reads.
Former President Barack Obama’s Columbus Day proclamation last year naturally did include mention of Native Americans. “We must also acknowledge the pain and suffering reflected in the stories of Native Americans who had long resided on this land prior to the arrival of European newcomers,” Obama’s 2016 proclamation said, “The past we share is marked by too many broken promises, as well as violence, deprivation and disease.”
By leaving out Native Americans, Trump is furthering a time honored tradition of white supremacists, which is white washing our nation’s history. Christopher Columbus’ interactions with Native Americans and their subsequent massacre at the hand’s of settlers, is an undeniable fact of our history. That’s why we still have special laws to this day for Native Americans, such as on federal Indian reservations, where only federal and tribal laws apply to members of the tribe, unless Congress provides otherwise.
Trump’s campaign further gave off white supremacist undertones in regards to Columbus Day as it announced a “exclusive Columbus Day sale,” in an email to Trump supporters. The email drummed up the white supremacist’s deep seated fear that whites will somehow be replaced in America (nonsense). “As leftists push harder and harder to erase our nation’s past, there’s never been a better time to celebrate our history,” read the email, “America’s past is being vilified and stripped away by liberals in the media and our schools — but we won’t stand for it.”
In short, it is highly suspect for anyone to leave Native Americans out of Columbus Day. They are after all, Native Americans, and American Indians are all citizens of the United States. While it would be suspect to ignore them for anyone, it goes beyond that for Trump. It is just further evidence of a highly obvious and growing white supremacist movement here in the United States, all but explicitly sanctioned by the President.