Columbus deserves place of honor in SJ
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