Colum­bus de­serves place of honor in SJ

The Mercury News Weekend - - OPINION -

If San Jose’s goal is to erad­i­cate the mem­ory of en­slavers by mov­ing its Colum­bus statue to a rel­a­tive in­signif­i­cant lo­ca­tion, it should also re­move from Plaza de Cae­sar Chavez the statue of the Aztec god Quet­zal­coatl. The Aztec em­pire be­came pow­er­ful by sub­du­ing and sub­ju­gat­ing its neigh­bors in what is to­day’s mod­ern Mex­ico. Worse, Aztecs prac­ticed hu­man sac­ri­fices.

We should re­mind our­selves of what for­mer Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Tony Blair re­port­edly em­ployed to mea­sure a coun­try’s rel­a­tive free­dom: How many peo­ple seek to en­ter a coun­try than leave it. By that mea­sure, Amer­ica is the world’s great­est coun­try; and Colum­bus’ New World dis­cov­ery helped make Amer­ica be­come a bea­con of lib­erty. — Jer­ryMun­gai, San Jose

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