Columbus Day. A day where many Americans celebrate the ‘discovery’ of America. Why do we glorify it?
For us thinking people, we realize that Columbus didn’t discover anything. In fact, he stumbled across a civilization, which he wrote about in his famous diary:
They… brought us parrots and balls of cotton and spears and many other things, which they exchanged for the glass beads and hawks’ bells. They willingly traded everything they owned… They were well-built, with good bodies and handsome features…. They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by edge and cut themselves out of ignorance. They have no iron. Their spears are made of cane… They would make fine servants… With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want…
For more shocking first hand accounts of the terror brought upon the indigenous peoples of the ‘new world’, please visit this link from ‘Howard Zinn on History’.
This video below does a better job of summarizing why we shouldn’t celebrate Columbus. Please watch and visit the website at the end of the video.