Thursday, October 7, 2010

Stars and Strife: Reconsider Columbus?

"Do you really want to celebrate the legacy of a man who committed heinous crimes against the Indigenous people of the Caribbean and throughout the Americas?"

That's what this campaign is asking. Reconsider Columbus Day asks us all to examine the dark side of our nation's history, something I often do. I love celebrating stars and stripes and patriotism, but we have to acknowledge the fact that our nation's way was paved through plundering, pillaging, mass genocide, forced migration, and slavery.
The campaign described in the video above asks that we push for a national holiday that would honor the indigenous peoples of America.
I don't think it is necessary to take away from the Columbus holiday but there should be a holiday honoring the natives of this nation. That would make sense given the fact that they were the first here and have suffered the most. Through disease, murder, and being pushed West, the natives of America have the saddest story in our land. However, they are the most overlooked. Aside from the fact that Columbus didn't actually "discover" what he was looking for, we have to realize that while he helped to shape this nation, he was really no more than an explorer in search of making money by any means necessary. Put that in your peace pipe and smoke it.

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