We cannot ignore this history and pretend it did not happen; and we should certainly not celebrate the exploits of Columbus who brought the seed of manifest destiny with him as part of European imperialism.
Columbus and his successors were not coming into an empty wilderness, but into a world which in some places was as densely populated as Europe itself, where the culture was complex, where human relations were more egalitarian than in Europe, and where the relations among men, women, children, and nature were more beautifully worked out than perhaps any place in the world.
They were people without a written language, but with their own laws, their poetry, their history kept in memory and passed on, in an oral vocabulary more complex than Europe’s, accompanied by song, dance, and ceremonial drama. They paid careful attention to the development of personality, intensity of will, independence and flexibility, passion and potency, to their partnership with one another and with nature.
We’ve known for… well, many hundreds of years now that Christopher Columbus didn’t really DISCOVER anything. It’s tough to make the case that you discovered land when millions of other humans already know about it and in fact live there.
So we would like to ask, why is it still being celebrated or even recognized in the US? Because we agree with Burning Spear, “Cristopher Columbus is a damn blasted liar. Cristopher Columbus is a damn blasted liar, yes Jah.”
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