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Today is a federal holiday known to most people as Columbus Day. Columbus Day sucks. Christopher Columbus sucked. We all know this, and we need not spend a ton of time talking about why he sucked. Christopher Columbus was a brutal, greedy, racist, tyrannical monster who murdered countless people, facilitated rape and sex slavery, and was a key player in the origin of both the Atlantic slave trade and Native American genocide.
He was a power-hungry, self-serving colonizer whose actions were inarguably influential, but only in that he greatly contributed to the near annihilation of vast s of both people and cultures, the trauma of which is still palpable and ongoing to this day. After encountering the native Arawak population of The Bahamas, he wrote :.
They willingly traded everything they owned. They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance. They would make fine servants. Case closed! He was looking for Asia, which is why he completely misidentified Native Americans, calling them Indians. Our adolescent country was and is so desperate for the instant gratification of a heroic origin story that we pinned an entire holiday on a wobbly, grotesque, and only sort of apt figure.
But his legacy is our legacy now—as American as apple pie or unfortunately, the Fourth of July. We remember him because he was a settler and a conqueror who successfully achieved European occupation with brute force, an unimaginable sense of superiority, and utter disdain for human life outside his race. We might as well take it all the way and replace the federal holiday with Indigenous Peoples Day, as many cities and states have already done.
Perhaps the best argument for the abolition of Columbus Day is that you already know all of this. It is widely understood at this point that he was a bad person who represented parts of our history we now recognize as shameful. Native communities are still fighting for their land and against the capitalist-minded government-led projects that will further ravage the planet and directly hurt their communities.
This year, coronavirus has devastated many tribes, including the Navajo Nationwhich has had some of the highest infection rates in the country and lacks many of the basic resources, like clean water and government aidto help contain it. Partnership With Native Americans. Thanks for including the links for Native American causes.
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