Christopher Columbus: The Symbol of Italian American Culture

Aug 02, 2020 237

As cities and organizations around the nation continue to protest and destroy historical monuments, memorials, and statues that depict Confederate leaders, one controversial historical figure has found his way back into the spotlight: Christopher Columbus. Adored as the most famous Italian to grace America’s lands, Columbus has been the symbol of Italian American culture for, well, forever. 

Many organizations have long fought to remove any and all symbols of indigenous ancestry they find offensive (many sports teams are currently facing this fate) and Christopher Columbus and the celebration of Columbus Day have always been on their lists. But, for the most part, the well-known explorer has always avoided eradication. However, in today’s climate of fostering racial justice, heated debates on Columbus’ place in American history have morphed into destruction and vandalization of Columbus monuments and statues all over the country. 

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