But I think it's time to find something else to celebrate in October, as I'm sick of having the day off in the name of a shameless, murderous, tyrant. Aren't you?
I'm sure you've heard by now -- your first grade elementary history lessons were crap - lies your teacher told you in order to perpetuate a fairytale that Columbus was a hero.
To get a taste of Christopher Columbus' real character, It's best to hear the story in his own words. So let's start with this journal entry, written by Columbus himself. (Source: Howard Zinn's, A People's History of the United States).
The entry is Columbus' reaction to the innocence, and hospitality of the indigenous Arawak population of his `new world'.
When Columbus and his sailors came ashore, carrying swords, speaking oddly, the Arawaks ran to greet them, brought them food, water, gifts. He later wrote of this in his log:
"They... brought us parrots and balls of cotton and spears and many other things, which they exchanged for the glass beads and hawks' bells. They willingly traded everything they owned.... They were well-built, with good bodies and handsome features.... 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 have no iron. Their spears are made of cane.... They would make fine servants.... With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want."
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Sweet Jesus, they would have you believe, was some kind of monster -- a homicidal, pathological and delusional figure bent on the destruction of all those unlike him.
Why would they make him the fall guy for their incalculable evil? Is it because he was such an unabashed liberal?
During my staunch Christian upbringing, Jesus taught me many things. Strangely, none of those teachings directed me to kill in his name, or in the name of God. Nothing I read instructed me to bash gays, subordinate women, destroy nature, convert heathens, or start wars. Nothing!
But apparently I missed some sort of biblical memo... one received by some pretty creepy characters. And here's the proof:
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