Congressman : Now Jim, people in my state keep asking why we’re continuing to fund this program now that we’ve beaten the Russians to the moon.
Jim Lovell : Imagine if Christopher Columbus had come back from the New World and no one returned in his footsteps. —Apollo 13
What will happen to our civilization (past, present, and future) if we refuse to come back from the Wokeness infecting our ability to not only see clearly, but to say collectively the most powerful word in the English language? That word: No.
Simple. Eloquent. Definitive.
Harriet Tubman monument unveiled, replacing Columbus statue in Newark, New Jersey, CNN.com, March 12, 2023
A monument honoring famed abolitionist Harriet Tubman was unveiled in Newark, New Jersey, this week, replacing a statue of Christopher Columbus removed in 2020 amid social injustice protests, officials said.
The 25-foot-tall monument, titled “Shadow of a Face,” was revealed Thursday at the heart of the city’s recently renamed Harriet Tubman Square, Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced in a statement.
“In a time when so many cities are choosing to topple statutes that limit the scope of their people’s story, we have chosen to erect a monument that spurs us into our future story of exemplary strength and solidity,” Baraka said.
“We have created a focal point in the heart of our city that expresses our participation in an ongoing living history of a people who have grappled through many conflicts to steadily lead our nation in its progress toward racial equality.”Harriett Tubman’s life
Tubman was born into slavery in Maryland and eventually escaped to Pennsylvania. From 1850 to 1860, she made more than a dozen trips to Maryland to help enslaved people reach freedom through the Underground Railroad, a secret network of routes and safe houses, according to the US National Parks Service.
The name of Tubman’s monument was inspired by the 1962 poem “Runagate Runagate” by Robert Hayden, which references the abolitionist. The monument was selected in June 2021 following a national open call and multiphase selection process, Baraka said.
Monument designer and architect Nina Cooke John said she wanted to incorporate the Newark community into the monument.
“One way I wanted to bring about their connection is really to meet the community with the prompt, ‘What is your story of liberation? What is your story—big or small—of really overcoming multiple obstacles that we all have to overcome,’ ” Cooke John said in an interview published by the Harriet Tubman Monument Project.‘Compassion, courage’
Michele Jones Gavin, Tubman’s three-times great-grand niece, said the monument will commemorate the activist’s heroism and inspire future generations to take action in the face of injustice.
“Let’s forever remember Harriet Tubman, for her compassion, courage, bravery, service to others, her patriotism, and her commitment to faith, family, fortitude, and freedom,” Gavin said.
The Columbus statue Tubman’s memorial replaces was removed amid a nationwide racial reckoning following the murder of George Floyd in May 2020 at the hands of Minneapolis police.
The movement spurred the removal or renaming of dozens of monuments, including those of Confederate leaders and other controversial figures in US history.
Columbus has long been a contentious figure for his treatment of the Indigenous communities he encountered and for his role in the violent colonization at their expense.
His footsteps are not controversial, but consequential.
There’s a litmus test for those still believing some sort of compromise can be made with the tidal wave of insanity remaking our insanity, and it’s direct: Christopher Columbus is a hero, who advanced European civilization on what is known as the North American continent.
His spirit animated white men to aspire for not just Manifest Destiny, but the heavens.
We must realize the footsteps of Columbus were not in vain, but worthy of perpetuating.
Heston’s Planet of the Apes was a prophetic warning…