Anti-Columbus?

So Columbus Day has come and gone but I am wondering if there’s a common consensus. Does everyone know what Columbus actually did? Does everyone know how detrimental he was to whole population? How he raped, pillaged, enslaved, and murdered… To me that isn’t someone to celebrate.

The whole history of the United States is skewed and the truth is only recently coming into the light, as the books we read in public school are so biased. All written by a rich white man, who was in the position of power, following a line of oppression, and willing to exploit humans to help themselves.

Adolph Hitler himself stated that some of his inspiration for genocide came from the United States. A fascist, who killed millions, said he gained inspiration from explorers coming to an inhabited land, and ripping it away from those who had settled on it. It truly is disgusting to me that we continue to ignore what it is that we have done. Maybe not us specifically, but as a ‘culture’ we celebrate someone who destroyed an indiscriminate amount of lives.

It isn’t just about Columbus, it’s about the American perspective, it’s about our lack of knowledge, and understanding. It’s about the wrongful information we receive, in order to better fit the narrative. We are fooled into thinking our country is great. When in fact, our country could be great, we could be compassionate, empathetic, and helpful to others. Unfortunately, I don’t think that’s something we can do until we acknowledge our past for what it truly is.

There is, of course, room for human error, as those in the past are just as human as we are now, and we all make mistakes. Mass murder is not something to be taken lightly. That isn’t a simple lapse in judgement. Columbus set out, commissioned by Spain to find gold. To make money, and when he found ‘savages’ (which is just ridiculous, as they had more knowledge in many areas, and had created a predominately peaceful way of life), he decided to exploit them for all they were worth, putting them in chains, forcing them to change their beliefs. Destroying not only the people themselves, but their culture as well.

How do you feel about 1492?

3 thoughts on “Anti-Columbus?

  1. Seems like this happens to history all the time, because of the way we’re sold it, the way we grow up with it. Complex, troubled, difficult events become soundbites… with heroes and villains and a truth you can fit in a flag.
    I have a friend who draws faces with kind eyes… and in the midst of everything else that’s collapsing over us, I wonder what better kind of flag you can have.

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  2. I hear you. Australians are slowly learning about similar lies and cover ups and biases. Colonial heritage is guilty of such horror. I agree that we need to own that horror and use it to strive for more humanity and compassion. Goodness knows when it will be achieved.

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    1. I suppose it has to start with single voices. I fear that bias and lies are wrapped around, and hidden, between the lines of history. Maybe someday we will all be able to handle the truth.

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