The statue stood proudly in Baltimore’s Little Italy neighborhood for 36 years. Unveiled in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan, the monument to explorer Christopher Columbus was a commemoration of the daring Italian who discovered the new world four hundred years earlier. At the time, it was a completely uncontroversial statue. But those were the good old days, when we could salute the heroes of America’s origins without wringing our hands over the obvious fact that they weren’t perfect in every way. As you undoubtedly know, we’re no longer in those times. We’re in the era of canceling people and trashing their careers because they said one “bad” thing on Twitter ten years ago. So, naturally, a great man like Columbus stands no chance.
Social justice hooligans took matters into their own hands on Saturday night, celebrating American independence by tearing down Columbus’s statue and throwing it into the harbor. Embarrassingly, a spokesman for Baltimore Mayor Bernard Young said the destruction was part of a “re-examination taking place nationally and globally around some of these monuments and statues that may represent different things to different people.”
We guess that’s one way to put it.
“We understand the dynamics that are playing out in Baltimore are part of a national narrative,” the mayor’s spokesman continued. “We understand the frustrations. What the city wants to do is serve as a national model, particularly with how we’ve done with protesting. We’ve seen people who have taken to the streets, we have supported them. We are going to continue to support it. That’s a full stop.”
Really? You couldn’t find one opportunity to say, “…but this isn’t the right way to go about it.”? Not a single murmur of admonishment? You’re just going to sit there and praise destructive rioters for destroying one of your city’s great statues? A statue commemorating an undeniably great man? What kind of a weak, pathetic mayor is your boss, that he would authorize such a statement? No wonder Baltimore is in the shape it’s in!
At least Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan hasn’t lost his mind as well.
“While we welcome peaceful protests and constructive dialogue on whether and how to put certain monuments in context or move them to museums through a legal process, lawlessness, vandalism, and destruction of property is completely unacceptable,” Hogan tweeted Sunday. “That is the antithesis of democracy and should be condemned by everyone, regardless of their politics.”
Oh, but it won’t be. We’ve suddenly decided as a country that we have to turn our backs on anything that took place prior to, like, the day before yesterday. To what end? We still don’t know. But we’ll say this: In an era where rioters are heroes and men like Columbus are villains, a very gloomy future is in store for this country.