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Happy Lost Genocidal Genoan Day!

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Nothing says genocide appreciation quite like Columbus Day.  This paragraph from Columbus’ diary sums up the tragedy that was about to be vested on the indigenous peoples of  the Caribbean Islands and what would become North and South America.  This notation was made after Columbus had his first contact with the Arawak peoples of what we call now the Bahamas Islands:

“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 in 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.”

And so it began.  Western civilization’s first messenger to the “New World” then wrote:

“As soon as I arrived in the Indies, on the first Island which I found, I took some of the natives by force in order that they might learn and might give me information of whatever there is in these parts.”

Of course, the biggest part of “whatever there is in these parts” was gold.  As Professor Howard Zinn notes in his People’s History of the United States 1492 to the Present:

…”But too many of the slaves died in captivity.  And so Columbus, desperate to pay back the dividends to those who had invested, had to make good his promise to fill the ships with gold.  In the province of Cicao on Haiti, where he and his men imagined huge gold fields to exist, they ordered all persons fourteen years or older to collect a certain quantity of gold every three months.  When they brought it, they were given copper tokens to hang around their necks.  Indians found without a copper token had their hands cut off and bled to death.

The Indians had been given an impossible task.  The only gold around was bits of dust garnered from the streams.  So they fled, were hunted down with dogs, and were killed.”

Within two years of the arrival of Columbus, over half of the estimated 250,000 Indians on Haiti were dead through murder, mutilation or suicide.  By 1550, only eight years after the arrival of the Spaniards, there were 500.  Christopher Columbus had readily signed on to the antisemetic Ferdinand and Isabella decree of expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492.   He also supported the  executions of the Catholic Inquisitions that were the results of Ferdinand and Isabella’s Apocalyptic views of themselves as warriors against the antichrist as the coming of 1500 years after the time of Jesus approached.  Columbus took this religious intolerance with him on his journey and showed the many varied indigenous peoples just what God’s love truly was.  It was the point of the sword, the garrote around the neck and the stake and the fire.

But, Happy Columbus Day!  Enjoy it and the myths that surround it.   The reality of it is too dark to consider and remain festive.   At least it is a paid holiday for many people.  Maybe we could soon have a Mussolini Day.  I understand he made the trains run on time….

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