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happy indigenous peoples’ day

October 12, 2009

I prefer to call today Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Why? Because Columbus doesn’t deserve a national fucking holiday.

I don’t dislike Columbus Day simply because he “discovered” land that was already inhabited (Hispaniola), I dislike it for the fact that he helped to literally wipe that land of its original inhabitants, the peaceful Arawaks, through his unbelievable cruelty and that of those who followed him to the New World.

What happened to these poor people was nothing short of genocide. Stealing land and killing and/or enslaving its native inhabitants isn’t OK. There’s simply no justification for it.

And for all those who are unfamiliar with the real history behind Columbus Day, I suggest checking out:

You Are Still Being Lied To: Howard Zinn’s “Columbus and Western Civilization”

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