WPRO’s John DePetro Announces Rally against Brown University’s Planned Boycotting of Columbus Day Holiday

by Andrew E. Kurtzman on October 8, 2009

The event is scheduled for Columbus Day, 12-2pm on Main Green. See below.

Press Release
September 30, 2009

WPRO’s John DePetro Announces Rally against Brown University’s Planned Boycotting of Columbus Day Holiday

Contact: John DePetro
401.433.4200 x. 288
john@630wpro.com

John DePetro, host of the WPRO Morning News, in conjunction with the Brown Spectator and Brown Republicans, announces he is organizing a rally to protest Brown University’s unprecedented decision to boycott the Columbus
Day Holiday and drop the Columbus Day name in favor of “Fall Weekend”. DePetro, who will host his rally on Columbus Day, October 12, 2009, said the decision by the faculty at Brown University to change the name of the Columbus Day holiday is “a tremendous insult to all Italian-Americans.” DePetro said he would be happy to accept the resignations from members of the Brown faculty at the rally,” to clear their conscience of teaching at a school built upon the slave trade.”

” This grossly misguided farce to try to ignore and destroy the historic contribution made by one of the world’s greatest explorers is not only insulting to Italian-Americans, but is a very disturbing reminder of how America’s traditional heritage is under attack in many quarters of the Ivy League and on other college campuses,” DePetro says.

” It is the height of arrogance and grossly hypocritical for faculty and students at a University whose substantial endowment had its origins in the Brown family fortune, which was built on the slave trade, to instigate a movement to dismantle the Columbus Holiday and recognition of Columbus.”

The Brown decision to drop any recognition of the Columbus Day holiday has been justified by the University as a form of symbolic protest of the explorer’s clashes with Native Americans at the time of the historic discovery.

The Brown Spectator’s Editor-in-Chief, Sean B. Quigley, expresses great concern over the changing of the holiday name. “Our European political heritage is a precious treasure whose rejection by modern ideologies stems only from abstract statements of feeling. At so esteemed and ancient an institution, we should be less concerned with such slop, and more with the duty to preserve.”

Keith Della Grotta, President of the Brown Republicans adds, “In an era of secularization, the name change of Columbus Day Weekend to Fall Weekend is just one more step toward complete religious apathy in America. Judeo-Christianity and the Protestant work ethic are the reason for America’s success, and we should honor the man that helped bring
Christianity to the new world.”

The rally will feature readings about Columbus, Italian music, and present an opportunity for the school to reconsider the slight.

The rally will take place on Columbus Day, October 12, 2009 on the Brown University campus.

The list of speakers, time, and location TBA closer to event.

John DePetro and the WPRO Morning News is heard weekdays from 6am-10am on WPRO Radio, Providence, RI 63OAM and 99.7FM.

John DePetro 401.433.4200 ext 288 or john@630wpro.com

The Brown Spectator
Brown Republicans

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