Quoted in “Two Cases of Terrorism”

A new Barbados Today article by Suleiman Bulbulia of the Barbados Muslim Association discusses my blog post titled “Why Celebrating Columbus Day Is like Celebrating ISIS.” He wrote the following.

Terrorism in all its forms must be condemned. Whether by a group of radicals, fanatics or fundamentalists or by a group of men and women in uniforms. And so that is why I find it interesting that the other significant event that occurred in October is so very much linked to terrorism, although many would tend to dismiss this analysis.

Some 524 years ago on October 12, 1492, a European by the name of Christopher Columbus arrived in this part of the world. For the Europeans, it was discovery; for the indigenous people of this land, it was the beginning of annihilation…

On Monday, October 10th, this year, the US observed its annual “Columbus Day” holiday. Several countries in this hemisphere celebrate the occasion as well. But there seems to be growing discontent with observing and celebrating this event. This opposition has been around for some time but is gaining traction as more historians and commentators are telling the real facts of European colonization of this hemisphere.

I came across an interesting read on the topic and while the title may sound amusing, it certainly gives much food for thought. In a blog titled: “Why Celebrating Columbus Day Is like Celebrating ISIS” Craig Considine, sociologist at Rice University, writes in the Huffington Post:

 “Fox News, CNN, and other media outlets tell me that ISIS is special for its barbarism and its project of mixing religion, morality, and politics. While I certainly agree that ISIS is out of control and evil, I do not think this entity is unique by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, Columbus and other early Americans were equally atrocious in carrying out genocide on indigenous peoples.

Sailing from Spain on behalf of the Spanish Catholic Monarchy, Columbus embarked upon a Crusade against the indigenous people of what is now referred to as the Caribbean islands. These islands were not “uninhabited,” as my elementary school teachers told me. A whole civilization was there. The land was abundant with natural resources, beautiful people, and a range of rich cultures. The indigenous tribes who lived there had their own customs, social values, religions, and systems of governance. Columbus’s goal upon arriving to this land was not to learn about these things or build bridges of understanding. All he wanted to do was steal, destroy and conquer. It was that simple.

. . . Critics who claim that Muslims are more prone to religious extremism and violence have either forgotten or consciously ignore the West’s own dark history of genocide. Honoring Christopher Columbus by giving him “Columbus Day” is akin to glorifying the genocidal acts of ISIS by celebrating “ISIS Day”.

Find the full article here

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