I’ve always loved Columbus Day. My birthday is October 11th, so depending on how the week fell over the years, sometimes my birthday was on the holiday. That was always kinda exciting to me as a kid, a special day to have a birthday. But when I was a child I spake as a child, and when I became a woman I put away childish things. The idea that Columbus Day is presented to us as a day of celebration is something I have to leave in my youth because I know better now. Today believing Christopher Columbus quietly came over and discovered a “new” land is beyond ridiculous.
The lessons in those elementary classrooms never included a Q&A session, like what happened to the Native people who were already here when Columbus arrived? But in the few cases that Native Americans, (I refuse to call them Indians), were even discussed, it was presented to us school children as a peaceful negotiation between cultures, and that trades were made over food. I suppose our imaginations were left to assume that the Native people just gave up their land because it was asked for. However, the undeniable, and unadulterated truth is the Native people were slaughtered by the masses for their land. Columbus was a murderer who was credited for founding America through peaceful means because there was no one there to record otherwise. Period. So while this time of year is and will always be special to me, Columbus will not be in any way a part of my celebration.
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