In this time of extreme political correctness it appears that Christopher Columbus and anything associated with him and his name is to be expunged from American history. Several cities and towns in both this commonwealth and across the country have already renamed this national holiday, because of events that occurred over 500 years ago, from Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Obviously Italian-Americans do not matter much to the PC police. Forgotten is the fact that Italian-American men and women comprised one of the largest, if not the largest, ethnic group to serve in our armed forces during World War II. This despite the fact that tens of thousands of their parents, relatives and friends were being interred along with Japanese-Americans (see “Una Storia Segreta” by Sandra Gilbert and Lawrence Di Stasi). What is next: Since the world Columbia is a female name of Latin origin meaning “land of Columbus,” should the District of Columbia be changed? How politically incorrect is Columbia University, or the Columbia River. What about Columbia, S.C., and Columbus, Ohio, which is already in the process of undergoing a name change? Lest we forget America got its name from Amerigo Vespucci, an Italian cartographer, while one of the largest mass lynchings to take place here was of 11 Italians in New Orleans who had been acquitted of a trumped-up murder charge on March 14, 1891. Italian-Americans were not readily accepted to these shores, yet they came here to work, to help build America, and not looking for handouts.
— Vincent D. Basil, Stoneham