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A historic, 1,000-year-old Redwood tree has greeted visitors to the Humboldt Redwoods State Park Visitor Center in Northern California for years. The slice of coast redwood, which is 76 inches in diameter, lies on its side to display its growth rings, with the oldest—at the center—going back about a thousand years. Plaques on the log mark rings in the tree’s growth and historical events at the time. One plaque noted when Columbus discovered America and another when “Cortez Conquered the Aztecs” (1521, for the record).
In recent years, plaques started disappearing, as the interpretation of the historical events became more controversial. People debated whether the messages reflected an uncritical attitude toward the history of colonialism. Another discussion centered around the events’ relevance to the park itself. The Redwood History Log needed to be adjusted, it was determined, to reflect changing perspectives on the past.
In other words, the 1,000-year-old tree, now dead, became politically incorrect, surely a rare occurrence in world history.
State Parks employees, seeking less controversial dates, removed the remaining plaques and replaced them with tamer ones that more closely relate to the local cultural and natural history. The captions now connect the tree rings to the history of logging, forestry and conservation, and pay tribute to the contributions of local California Native Americans instead of the general history of European discoveries.
So State parks employees decided their vision is the correct one amidst all others and that they represent a valid cross-section of the human population, giving them the authority to unilaterally determine what references should or should not be shown on the tree. There’s the root of the problem right there! Stop caving in to the myth of wokism.
This is really going too far now and must stop. These Cancel Culture people are ruining history for future generations. The Correct nature of humans IS to conquer things, it’s what we have done since the dawn of time, nothing will stop that. It’s our nature. What these people are doing is wiping the slate and making fools out of the rest of us for letting them get away with it. This Nation will fall from within.
Perhaps the Redwood should have identified as a willow, then the plaques could have remained? Too late to transition now, it’s dead.
I really like to read and think about these ring connections to explorers and events in time. Sorry to see them go. This is so wrong.
Doesn’t everyone know, history doesn’t exist anymore….
14 comments by “cancelproof” – a new record? Any excuse to bash California or Democrats or Liberals is just candy to this repugnican
Do you have nothing to add about the Redwood article or is your post just a typical libtard drive by? I love California. Spend 2 months every summer and one the winter. It’s the policies make me cry with laughter, not the physical State of Ca.
Pammy – Seriously, you have no common sense. Dem****.
Personal attacks are unwarranted, gene.
I agree, but..personal attacks are unwarranted.
Just working at keeping a level playing field. It’s like being Ann Coulter at Berkeley some days. See how I went opposite gender in my comparison. Pretty woke huh?
Only thing political incorrect is the writer. Dates reflected are still historical correct.
About the “political incorrect Redwood”. Surely you understand that the dead (for hundreds of years) Redwood is apolitical. The tags may have become political due to todays’ political environment or outdated because of research done after the tags were attached, but I can assure you that the dead Redwood neither had nor has political opinions.
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That should certainly make the Aztecs feel more included.
So sad. I had my picture taken in front of this in 1968. I guess if we don’t talk about it then it didn’t happen and heaven forbid someone’s feelings get hurt!!!!
Disgusting and sad state of affairs our beautiful country has come to! SAD, INDEED, SAD!
Absolutely agree, very sad
All ” By Design”…. Yes, Sad!
This virtue signaling is ridiculous. Columbus “discovering” (to European awareness) the North American continent is an historical fact worth acknowledging despite his subsequent genocidal treatment of the native people. And as far as “Cortez conquering the Aztecs”, thank goodness he did — if anyone wants to defend the psychopathic Aztec cultural practice of sacrificing tens of thousands of innocents every year to their sun god, let them speak up. The Aztecs subsequent subjugation by Spain and the Catholic church at least ended that kind of sanctioned, ritualized horror. And, no, great architecture does not justify barbarous social practices like organized, mass human sacrifice, IMO.
Not sorry, this makes me furious! Whining little babies need to be spanked!
Destroying/not teaching history allows them to tell you anything they want, with no reference points to dispute their stupidity. This is how they teach our youth that communism works, by removing historical examples of total failure.
Can you please cite some statistics to uphold your incendiary stated comment?
Evidence? Have you been in a cave the past 5 years? Willful ignorance or willfully turning a blind eye to lived experience is the evidence. Read Saul Alinsky’s book, “Rules for Radicals”. One of the lefts favorites including Obama. That’s like asking for evidence that the sky is blue.
As I read all the comments below, the pattern I see is that the libs are trying to justify canceling as simply making corrections. Removing mention of Columbus in the effort of being historically accurate. If that were the case, then correct the label, don’t remove it. Columbus lived. He made significant contributions, good and bad. Instead of removing plaque, try correcting the information on the plaque to reflect accuracy. 1492 happened and Christopher Columbus lived, making significant contributions during that period. Stop pretending the removal of a Columbus plaque is for accuracy. Disingenuous History Deniers.
If “libs” are disingenuous history deniers, You “cons” are disingenuous history whitewashers.
You mean like the way the cons are making the Afghanistan withdrawal being an unmitgated success story? That kind of whitewash? 😂😆😂🤣😂😆 The report on the Afghanistan withdrawal last week….
Because getting 135,000 people out of Afghanistan seems braggable but with over 80% being stow aways is not really that brag worthy. And leaving $85 billion of weapons behind is certainly a historical whitewash. OK, you caught us, it’s a deep fake. The conservatives made up that paper John Kirby presented last week. Sheesh. Another lamb off to the slaughter house.
You flunk Debate 101 yet again, Cancelproof. Afghanistan withdrawal has nothing to do with the labelling of historical dates in the tree rings. Once again you’re throwing dark to obfuscate the issues.
Personally, I would like to see some correlations with major volcanic eruptions/Little Ice Age/ history making droughts etc.
OMG. Once again, I direct you to the comment I replied to. It was off topic and got an off topic reply in kind. You are no different than the rest, cancel what you disagree with. Gaslight and cancel. As is well identified the past 24 hours, it is the left that changes topic whilst losing the debate and then gaslights you for being off topic. Go back to Berkely where canceling is easier.
There ends debate lesson #3 for the day Mitzi. Move on. Gaslight someone weaker.
For the record, the article title was “Politically Incorrect”…. an “censored”. If your going to Gaslight someone for being off topic, double check the topic. It seems censorship and politically correct speech may have had more to do with the subject than the tree.
Politicians have screwed America up for votes. History is what made America not the political correctness groups.
Throwing dark, as my Debate Squad mentor used to say. Politicians and voting is not the subject. Explanatory historical markings correlating to tree rings is the subject. My feelings on historical markings are explained above
If they are able to go back 1,000 plus years, maybe list the ‘Midevil Warm Period’ from around 950 AD thru 1250 AD or the “Little Ice Age” period 1303 AD thru 1850 AD. That way the people making the labels get 2 for ones on an issue that is in the current public square for placement on the slab of dead tree trunk. Virtue signal some planetary climate crisis awareness and at the same time they won’t trigger anyone and force them to seek shelter in a safe space by the mere mention of Columbus or quick cuddle with an emotional support animal at the mention of Cortez.
The park could mention the 1619 Project and Juneteenth, which is the celebratory day to acknowledge the last of the DEMOCRAT owned slaves being freed by Republicans. Lots of indisputable history could be listed still.
The plaques are intended to provide significant familiar historical milestones that occurred so that people who were taught accurate world and American history could relate to a timeline and gain a clearer perspective of the history of the tree. Although not a history lesson, the events should be accurate and easily recognized in order to understand the timeline that it is trying to impress on the person reading it. If children are not being taught accurate history by omission of certain historical events, then I can see why the original intent of the plaques have lost their timeline relevance, which is sad.
This may be the stupidest bs I’ve seen in a while. You can’t deny history happened just by ignoring it. I say leave the old markers and add the new pc markers.
EXACTLY, as long as the new markers are correct and not just pc.
Cancel culture is alive and well. Sorry whiners, history can’t be changed or denied. Grow up.
Since factual history is no longer being taught from an objective point of view, suppression of the past is completely in order. Instead of learning from the past, we will be able to make the same terrible mistakes again.