Columbus the Clown

Stop celebrating the genocide of Native Americans

Columbus the Clown

Jaida Macklin, Design Editor

Let’s take a stroll down history lane, but this time down the one that teachers love to gloss over.

523 years earlier than Oct. 12, Native Americans discovered Christopher Columbus lost at sea.

In a diary he kept at the time, Columbus recalls how the Natives gave him and his crew many items (e.g. parrots, balls of cotton, spears) in exchange for useless glass beads and hawks’ bells.

He saw their kindness as weakness, and began the genocide of the indigenous people of the Americas.

“They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance… they would make fine servants…with 50 men, we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.”

This is a direct quote from an entry in his diary.

Yet, when little Sally asks her teacher who this man was, she gets a, ”Well, he was a brave explorer who, despite terrible odds, sailed across the Atlantic and discovered the New World.”

I’m sorry, what?

People love to say he discovered the Americas, when in fact, there were already tens of millions of inhabitants who had been living there for centuries.

All he did was barge in on someone’s home and then commit heinous crimes against humanity on said residents.

There are eyewitness accounts of wounded Lucayan Natives being fed to hunting dogs during the rebellion.

He rewarded his lieutenants with sex slaves those of who were mostly young girls.

“A hundred castellanoes are as easily obtainable for a women as for a farm, and it is very general and there are plenty of dealers who go about looking for young girls; those from nine to ten are now in demand, “ said Columbus in a letter to his friend.

This is just the beginning.

During their voyage of greed, Europeans brought a multitude of diseases (such as smallpox), the invisible killer of 80 to 100 million Native Americans.

Let me say it one more time cause ya’ll must not have heard me.

90 PERCENT of the Native American population were murdered at the hands of white people.

And for what? Land? Gold?

I just don’t understand how we can award such a person with his own day.

By doing this, we’re saying that he’s on the same level as Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr.
Sex enslaver, mass murderer, friggin’ transatlantic slave trade begetter is the same as Martin Luther King Jr.?

Father of a genocide worse than the Holocaust itself, and he gets his own day.

Ya’ll got me messed up.

Now hopefully after reading this, you are awake to the abominable actions of Americas’s “founding father.”

If you support this cause, go to http://wh.gov/inkYo to sign a petition to rightfully change Columbus Day to National Indigenous People Day.

I could conquer the whole of them with 50 men and govern them as I pleased.”

— Christopher Columbus, America’s “founder”