Argentina: Goodbye, Columbus

Cristina Fernandez, in a snit, had a statue of Christopher Columbus taken down and a room renamed in the presidential residence: Carlos Eire describes how the Argentine president lashes out against European colonialism, ignores Cuban colonialism while at the same time redecorating the joint,

In addition to trashing Columbus and demolishing his statue, Kirchner has now renamed the Columbus Room at the presidential palace. The new politically-correct name: “The Salon of Native Peoples.”

“We will henceforth highlight the history that no one would tell us about our culture, and learn about the civilization of native peoples.”

El Periodiquito (the little newspaper) Argentinian paper says she’s obsessed, while Diario Veloz (fast journal) says she doesn’t know what to do with the statue, which was taken down in pieces.

As part of Cristina’s redecoration efforts, she’s lined a hallway in mirrors, the “The Salon of Native Peoples” has a large table with touch screens, and she personally chose during her many trips abroad the textiles and objects for her hotel, Los Sauces, located near the Perito Moreno Glacier.

It’s stuff like this that keeps me blogging, folks. You just can’t make it up.

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7 Responses to “Argentina: Goodbye, Columbus”

  1. Gringo Says:

    The Argentine president lashes out against European colonialism..”In addition to trashing Columbus and demolishing his statue, Kirchner has now renamed the Columbus Room at the presidential palace. The new politically-correct name: ‘The Salon of Native Peoples.'”

    Evita III, of German and Spanish descent, should put her money where her mouth is and move back to Europe.

  2. brightlights Says:

    Didn’t Argentina exterminate most of the ‘native peoples’ in their country? If I remember an old college course, back before PC, they were always proud of how little native blood flowed through their veins.

  3. Macker Says:

    Doesn’t Cristina have some sort of medical issues? If so, what the hell is she smoking????
    CRISTINA FERNANDEZ de KIRCHNER DELENDA EST!

  4. Carlos Says:

    hi Fausta, long time reader though never left any comments. I find irritating this topic of reivindicating the native peoples, especially when it means trashing Western culture. I say Western culture in broad terms because I take it there probably were abuses by the colonizers. Anyways, do you know any authors that had taken on/debunked this pervasive view of this topic, either from a historical or ideological point of view?

  5. Fausta Says:

    The late Jose Ignacio Garcia Hamilton touched on his subject, Carlos.

    But also. considering that Columbus never set foot in the country, there are millions of Argentinians of Italian origin, plus the expense Cristina is incurring, it’s particularly insulting, too.

  6. Frank G Says:

    Drugs. Cuban drugs – uncertain quality

  7. Carlos Says:

    Thank you Fausta, I already found some interesting stuff from Garcia Hamilton.

    Yes, agreed that this is insulting, with this woman it’s hard to find something that is not just bread and circus. Actually, let’s just leave it at circus, no offense to those who actually make a living with that activity.