The world-wide expansion of the white race during the four centuries between 1500 and 1900 is the most prodigious phenomenon in all recorded history. . . This white expansion becomes doubly interesting when we realize how sudden was its inception and how rapid its evolution. A single decade before the voyage of Columbus, he would have been a bold prophet who should have predicted this high destiny. — Lothrop Stoddard, The Rising Tide of Color, 1920
A century after Stoddard wrote these words, the spirit of 1492 is under assault everywhere. That year, after hundreds of years of conflict, Spain finally expelled the last Muslim invaders and unified its own squabbling regional factions. Christopher Columbus discovered the New World, and began a golden age for Western man, defined by expansion, enrichment, and progress. Half a millennium later, Islam has returned to Europe, factionalism has returned to Spain and elsewhere in the continent, and the descendants of white expansion face serious demographic and political threats wherever they are. An attack on Columbus — this symbol of European man and his Faustian spirit — is an attack on all of us.
The remaining base of where before a statue of Christopher Columbus stood forms the stage for a Black Lives Matter protest rally organized by Black Men Rising, in Camden, NJ on June 13, 2020. (Credit Image: © Bastiaan Slabbers / NurPhoto via ZUMA Press)
What’s left of a statue of Christopher Columbus lays party next to a city owned flatbed truck after a crew removed the statue from its base at Farnham Park in Camden, NJ on June 13, 2020. (Credit Image: © Bastiaan Slabbers / NurPhoto via ZUMA Press)
June 13, 2020, Camden, New Jersey. (Credit Image: © Bastiaan Slabbers / NurPhoto via ZUMA Press)