San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich compared Christopher Columbus to Hitler.
“It’s no knock on Italian Americans. That’s a silly argument,” Popovich continued. “It’s like saying, ‘We should be proud of Hitler because we are German.’ It makes no sense.
“It’s Columbus Day. That’s why they are off on Monday?” Popovich ranted of local school districts that haven’t adopted Indigenous Peoples’ Day. “Maybe there is something I am missing, and I am ignorant. But it makes me feel like they’re living in a phone booth. And they are educating our kids?”
Popovich was upset because many communities still celebrate Columbus Day.
“He initiated a New World genocide,” Popovich said of the 15th century explorer. “He set in motion what followed, the annihilation of every Indigenous person in Hispaniola, which was Haiti and the Dominican Republic today. He took slaves. He mutilated. He murdered.”
“Columbus initiated a new world genocide of Indigenous people. He murdered. He mutilated. He took slaves. And we honor him with Columbus Day? Are we that backwards?” — Coach Pop spitting 🔥
— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@QasimRashid) October 9, 2021