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PostColumbus 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.