Columbus Day

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

The continued celebration of marauders.

Into the twenty first century we still promote and celebrate marauding nations, who murdered and "colonized" the "uncivilized" world with an arcane holiday called Columbus day. Columbus supposedly discovered America, but in actuality made landfall in the Bahamian island of Guanahani. From there, he traveled to Cuba and Hispaniola, and established a base in Haiti, a year later in 1493, he returned to Castile with native slaves he'd captured there.

He made three more voyages west, landing in the Lesser Antilles, Trinidad, and the Northern Coast of South America. As a colonial Governor, he brutalized many indigenous people and was eventually removed from office because of mistreatment  of Hispaniola's indigenous Tainos, who were tortured, enslaved, and murdered under his rule. It is now considered a deliberate depopulation of innocent people today. 

Columbus coined the term "Indios" naming  the locals Indians,  however they were not even close to India. The colonizers term stuck to any indigenous person in the west, and was usually accompanied by descriptive terms like "savages" and "devils". This made it possible to dehumanize the population, paving the way for many more thoughtless atrocities to come. 

To think that the United States seat of power is called the District of Columbia, a direct homage to this brutal colonizer, says alot about his veneration by white supremacists, who killed millions of Indigenous tribes in America, and stole their land, in acts of presumptive superiority.  They brought disease, war, and the concept of an ownership of land, to people who lived freely, and untaxed.

As we see statues of racist generals and leaders, who had no respect for native populations, and enslaved and murdered those it deemed inferior, torn down, and while pockets of surviving indigenous populations in America today, suffer on substandard  resources, many without clean water, it is time for reparations.  It's time to give back what was taken in over 500 years of colonialist oppression. 

Amerigo Vespucci another Castilian, followed Columbus in exploiting the new lands, and in late 1499, returned to spain with 232 slaves from Hispaniola, where the Spanish established colony, brought human trafficking into play as a capitalistic endeavour. This mans name is the origin of the word "America" which ironically is supposed to envoke the ideal of "Freedom", an idea that couldn't be farther from the truth.

These two explorers which are still immortalized by the U.S., and as white people take a day off and get fat off a big meal, they should consider how they became so fortunate. It wasn't through hard work and perseverance as we've been told, but by the  enslavement, and genocide of millions of native people, and stealing their land.

This holiday should be stricken from the record and replaced by one celebrating the diversity of cultures, not homages to white supremacist murderers. And while we're at it, I can think of some Countries and destinations that could use a name change.

Submitted: October 11, 2021

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olive tree

Yeah that “Indian” label was a huge Freudian slip on the part of the monarchy lol. Dehumanisation is the greatest tool of oppression. The trick is, influenced by the heartless goblins in charge, the oppressor can conscienably deduce the people he is inflicting suffering against, to be worthy of such suffering, for their being inhuman - failing to recognise he himself decided that attribute on behalf of the sufferer, for whatever sinister, political, selfish reason.

In any such situation you can be sure I’d be one of the first to disrespect all of their conventions, calmly disparage them in the most creative flourishes, and spit in their very faces should I be given the opportunity - as would any person possessive of a soul.

But that is laughable - isn’t it? To borrow from the vapid idiots, “If you don’t like your country then go live in Saudi Arabi”

But to strike a holiday from the records does not seem enough. The system, in my belief, must be thoroughly dismantled, in every conceivable way. Only by starting anew do we have any chance to atone with any level of sincerity.

Sun, October 17th, 2021 6:14am


Ollie, I do think you're absolutely right on about dismantling the entire establishment. Too many suffer at the whims of a greedy few. Monarchies and kingdoms are an outdated modality of "man ruling over man". In my opinion Borders should be abolished, people should be free to go wherever they want. If they can't, that implies the country they reside in "Owns" them somehow. Just like the church, they demand their Tithe or Tax. So those same few can live in luxury. People need to wake up to the invisible shackles that have been placed on them by Colonialist rule...I'm with you, spit, or piss on 'em, cause I ain't their livestock to trade, or corral. As for the Racist Twits that think their white supremacy makes them better than the indigenous, browner folks, well, piss on them twice, everyone has the right to exist. These right wing "Christians" who fight against refugees crossing borders should actually read the Book.
Leviticus 19 : 33-34
And if a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, ye shall not vex him.
But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.

Sun, October 17th, 2021 1:39am

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