Christopher Columbus gets the shaft at Notre Dame

Notre Dame will cover up a series of murals depicting Christopher Columbus's life and exploration displayed at the university's Main Building.  The murals were painted by artist Luigi Gregori in the 1880s.  He was commissioned by Father Edward Sorin, the founder and first president of Notre Dame.  One of the murals was used as the model for a U.S. commemorative stamp in 1893. The decision was made by Father John Jenkins, president of Notre Dame, because he believes that the murals offend the sensibilities of the usual suspects. Father Jenkins said: In recent years ... many have come to see the murals as at best blind to the consequences of Columbus's voyage for the indigenous peoples who inhabited this "new" world and at worst demeaning toward them. In recent years I have heard from students, alumni, faculty, staff, representatives of the Native American community, and others on this complex topic.  I have...(Read Full Post)