ormer Fox News host has made a profitable sideline through his Killing series of books. Harvard-educated O’Reilly took his historical know-how recently and applied to how liberals are currently “killing” courageous navigator Christopher Columbus by “killing” Columbus Day.
Wrote Bill in a column on conservative site The Hill, “In Los Angeles County, the holiday of Columbus Day will soon vanish. The Board of Supervisors has replaced it with ‘Indigenous People’s Day.’ The reason: Christopher Columbus was ‘oppressive.’” He continued, “Right now we have to deal with places like Los Angeles County, New York City, Denver and Albuquerque, N.M., disrespecting old Chris and, by extension, many Italian-Americans who celebrate Columbus Day as an ethnic holiday because the explorer was born in Genoa in 1451.”
He continued, “For those who admire Christopher Columbus there is a feeling that the PC nitwits know little about him, and that is most likely the case. First of all, ‘Indigenous People’s Day’ might sound good on the campus of U.C. Berkeley, but it may be troublesome. Yes, some native tribes were enlightened societies but many were not. After inter-indigenous battles, torture and enslavement were often on the menu for the losers.”
While admitting the fact that Columbus did have slaves, O’Reilly stated that “mostly Columbus was a brilliant navigator who opened up the world for travel. No small achievement.” He added, “We now live in a time where severely misguided people with little frame of reference are dictating how history should be told and what Americans have a right to see and hear. And if you disagree with them, then you, yourself, are ‘oppressive.’ And they’ll cover up your statue.”
O’Reilly concluded, “Christopher Columbus was not a villain and does not deserve the vilification the PC police are heaping upon him. Every person on the planet has done bad things, but it is the totality of a human being that should be the litmus test. Soon, the loons will come for the slaveholders George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. In fact, the Dallas school board is now debating their diminishment right now. The legacy of America is in big trouble. Happy Columbus Day.” Do you think Bill is right?