Today is Columbus Day in the States and many states are adopting Indigenous People’s Day; a move with which I agree. It doesn’t take much reading (Columbus’ own journal) to understand Columbus was driven by money and power and was fully aware he would have to kill in order to get his 10%.
My observation today is how history has been taught here in the states. When I was a young man I was taught that Columbus was an adventurer, a sailor and a hero. The truth is he was a mass murderer and did so in the name of Spain, Christianity and greed. These facts were left out by design to push the agenda of heroism and courage. Columbus was portrayed as a saint of sorts, moving throughout the world helping to bring the message of Jesus to those lost souls. Nothing could be farther from the truth. We know history is written by the victors, but it is time to rewrite history. I believe it is never too late to do the right thing and the right thing here is to show some respect to those Native Americans which Columbus brutalized.
It is time to change this day to Indigenous People’s Day.