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Thursday, July 30, 2015

College Students Take Time Off for Political Correctness

It’s no surprise that colleges are hotbeds of political correctness, but some of its absurd forms still amaze us. The latest example was reported by the blog Campus Reform, and took place at the University of New Mexico. There, the student government voted to create a holiday called “Indigenous Peoples’ Resistance and Resilience Day”. Days celebrating indigenous peoples aren’t new. Several progressive areas of the country, such as Oregon and Seattle, recognize similar holidays to cancel out Columbus Day, which celebrates an historic icon who’s fallen out of favor with progressives. But the student leaders at the University of New Mexico added a new twist by honoring native resistance. They even rejected an amendment that would have called the holiday simply “Indigenous Peoples’ Day.” As one student senator told Campus Reform, many felt “the wrongs against indigenous peoples were so egregious” that they should be recognized in the holiday’s name.

Whatever they call it, the holiday accomplishes nothing good. It gives students time off in order to focus on the sins of American history, instead of on our great accomplishments. The whole idea seems like an easy PC gesture rather than a thoughtful plan. Presumably the students didn’t consider that without European settlement, there likely would be no University of New Mexico. They scorn Western civilization while they enjoy its many benefits. And the choice to celebrate resistance undermines any talk about tolerance.

One can admit that the treatment of natives in our history was tragic without making it the biggest part of U.S. history. Stunts like “Indigenous Peoples’ Resistance and Resilience Day” only encourage a narrative of America as oppressive. Students should learn that America is a beacon of freedom to the world.

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