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Post Columbus Day and Scarlett O'Hara: Gone with the Wind?
Created by John Eipper on 09/03/17 3:31 AM

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Columbus Day and Scarlett O'Hara: Gone with the Wind? (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 09/03/17 3:31 am)

So the film Gone with the Wind is banned, Columbus Day is is abolished, and statues of Columbus are destroyed with many other monuments.

Is the US becoming a Bolshevik republic?

JE comments:  Bolshevism not exactly, but these are real events.  A historic theater in Memphis has removed GWTW from its rotation, and Los Angeles leaders recently voted to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day (http://www.cleveland.com/nation/index.ssf/2017/08/los_angeles_leaders_vote_to_ab.html ). 

The lone dissenting vote on the LA City Council came from an Italian-American councilman, who described the move as prejudicial against Italian-Americans.  Note how the argument comes full circle:  It is insensitive to proscribe Columbus for being insensitive.

In the Era of Trump, the Culture Wars are being carried out on the micro-level of monuments and other symbols.  Is this the only low-hanging fruit available?

Most WAISers know that October 12th is the Día de la Raza in Latin America, which makes it a commemoration of cultural hybridity (mestizaje).  Spain prefers to celebrate itself:  until 1987 it was the Día de la Hispanidad, and now it's the Fiesta Nacional.


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