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happy indigenous peoples’ day (my yearly columbus day rant)

October 10, 2011

(Since I’m feeling lazy, here’s something I wrote about Columbus Day last year.)

Screw all this Columbus Day bullshit, I prefer to call today Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Why? Because Columbus doesn’t deserve a national fucking holiday, that’s why.

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, and there’s simply no justification for it. Stealing land and killing and/or enslaving its native inhabitants isn’t OK, and it’s certainly not something to celebrate with a national holiday.

And for all those who are unfamiliar with the real history behind Columbus Day, I suggest checking out this excerpt from Howard Zinn’s Columbus and Western Civilization, as well as this clip from The Canary Effect.


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