Happy Columbus Day?


Even_the_Rain_Carlos_Aduviri-as-HatueyI am more inclined to believe that we should no longer celebrate Columbus Day as an American holiday.  We shouldn’t forget the discovery of the “New World” and the fact that it was not the land(China and Japan) Columbus was hoping to find.  We should not forget the mapping advances and surveying that took place because of Columbus’ landing; and we should not forget the atrocities, slavery, theft, and death that occurred for years after the landing.

We should, however, remember the people who were already living in the Americas before Columbus landed.  They had a culture, a faith, and a civilization that suffered many hardships after the arrival and colonization of the Europeans.  Some would defend Christopher Columbus and say that these things were not his fault.  And in all likelihood, the events that would occur over the next 600 years would have happened at the hands of other explorers.  But, that is no reason to celebrate.

tainowarriorSo today, remember and celebrate the Taíno that mistakenly welcomed Columbus to their land and all but vanished over the next 150 years. Remember the Arawak tribes of the Caribbean and South America taken for slaves. Remember that common words you use today came from the Taíno language; such as tobacco, barbecue, and hammock.  Remember men like the warrior, Hatuey who fought back against the Europeans and was burned at the stake.

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day on October 12th of each year

After we remember all that, we may need a little levity; so let’s remember who really proved the World was round and discovered America.

Bugs Bunny, of course.

Bugs Bunny – (Ep. 93) – Hare We Go 2015

Dusko Dugousko – Nove Epizode



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