Columbus Day -Taboo subject for some...

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  1. Dr. Bubbles

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    I know the "holiday" has passed, but here is some food for thought. Think of it as a paradigm shift....

    When Christopher Columbus and his crew were discovered on October 12, 1492 by the Indigenous people on the shores of Guanahani Island, they were lost, confused and the crew had threatened Columbus with mutiny. In the subsequent four years, Columbus and his men rewarded their rescuers by raping, slaughtering and deporting as slaves, tens of thousands of these gentle and hospitable people who became known as the Taino Indians of Hispanola. In the next few generations, all of the Taino Indians, totaling in the hundreds of thousands when Columbus arrived, disappeared. Ultimately, many millions of the original inhabitants of what is now North America perished due to disease (introduced largely by Western Europeans), slaughter, starvation, war, slavery and deportation. Nonetheless, Columbus is honored each year, while those who paid the dearest price are forgotten. Should not Columbus Day at least be shared and renamed Columbus and Indigenous Peoples Day? Perhaps Columbus Day should be abandoned and that day set aside to memorialize the millions of Indigenous people who lost their lives protecting their lands. After all, Columbus was not the first adventurer to journey to the "New World", nor, for that matter, was he a humanitarian.
     
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    You're right. He was a terrorist.
     
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    It does seem silly, since there is evidence of others 'discovering' the New World before Columbus.

    Also, it is unfortunate that the mistreatment of indigenous peoples has been the 'norm' throughout the known history of the whole world! The 'discovering' or conquering peoples have always forced their ways on the aboriginals.

    It really bothers me when I hear people say we should completely close the borders to the the US, and kick out any non-citizens and immigrants.

    To me, that means everyone except the Native Americans has to go! -_-
     
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    History is written by the winners. Life is unfair.

    I'm sure Lynne Cheney will make sure that's not in the history books though.
     
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    Actually, much about history depends on the amount of time that passes. When a victory is fresh, as ours is in the general scheme of things, over the indiginous peoples of this land, it does seem we are the winners. I think with a longer timeline, history may well see us as the greedy heartless bastards we are. Just my view. Not too many people look at peoples who invaded other territories throughout time with much respect, often our history books talk about the mistreatment of (fill in victimized civilisation of your choice here) with disdain. Our turn will probably come as well.
     
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    Maybe if he slept with his half-sister. (Now there's a bit of hypocrisy on the part of the GOP: Bitching about gay marriage while Darth Cheney's wife writes porn.)
     
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