Instead of focusing on the genocide celebrating shit-show that is Columbus Day, I’d like to take a moment to recognize the communities out there who have evolved the day.
Was he Italian? Was he Spanish? Who gives a damn? I wouldn’t be proud of sharing heritage with this mediocre-at-best sea captain…ASIDE from being the harbinger of genocide for Native peoples in the Americas and surrounding islands, he didn’t even know what side of the world he was on when he landed on Hispaniola in 1492, hence the name “Indians” given to the Natives on the island. If you haven’t read before about what a gold-hungry slavemongering mass-murderer and rapist he was, check this article out this by Vincent Schilling, courtesy of indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com. I’d have to wonder about anyone who still felt like celebrating in that man’s name after reading that.
But if you haven’t noticed, it’s a new day, America! Not long ago, parties like this were the only ones to attend on Columbus Day:
Now, in nine cities and counting across the country, Columbus Day is a thing of the past as reported by The Washington Post. The second Monday of October has been known as Indigenous Peoples Day in the state of South Dakota, Berkeley, Minneapolis, and Seattle and will be known as such going forward in Lawrence, Albuquerque, Portland, St. Paul, and Olympia. The fine work done by protesters in communities across the country in places like Denver has paid off and momentum is building towards a calendar year somewhere down the road where there is NOT a national day set aside to honor such a despicable historical character. Doesn’t seem like too much to ask for.
From what I’ve seen and heard, Indigenous Peoples Day is a celebration of Native culture and contributions to the world at large. New York, home of the largest Columbus Day Parade in the country, will also have a large Indigenous Peoples Day celebration, also written by Vincent Schilling and posted on indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com. There are several events and celebrations happening today across the country. Do yourself a favor, search #indigenouspeoplesday and see what’s going on in your town today, go learn first-hand about folks who have much to offer the world.
One thing I’ve noticed about folks who don’t know any Native people is that they know very little about Native culture. I can tell you that through close personal relationships I have with many Native people, they have A LOT of heart! First Christopher Columbus and then the US Government tried to take EVERYTHING away from these folks and they endured, so what they have to share must be special.
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