Goodbye Columbus — Hello Indigenous Peoples Day

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  1. FryDaddyJr

    FryDaddyJr Well-Known Member

    Good Riddance

    Accused of crimes ranging from slave-trading to genocide of indigenous peoples, Christopher Columbus has lost favor with many Americans. In 1977, just five years after Columbus Day became a national holiday in the U.S., participants at the United Nations International Conference on Discrimination against Indigenous Populations in the Americas proposed Indigenous Peoples Day as a replacement.

    It took some years to catch on. In 1990, South Dakota became the first state to ditch Columbus Day for a holiday honoring Native Americans, and in 1992, the famously progressive city of Berkeley, California became the first to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day in protest of the 500th anniversary of Columbus' arrival in the New World.

    Now, at least 14 states (plus Washington, D.C.) and more than 130 American cities have either dropped Columbus Day entirely or co-celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day on the second Monday in October. (Hawaii calls it Discoverers Day and honors the Polynesian discoverers of Hawaii.)

    But what is Indigenous Peoples Day exactly, and how can Americans both honor the troubled history of the continent's original inhabitants while celebrating the living culture and contributions of modern Native Americans?

    We spoke with Reneé Gokey, an education specialist at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., about the opportunity that Indigenous Peoples Day gives all Americans to not only take an honest look at Native American history, but also to celebrate today's diverse Native cultures through their art, literature, film and food. (Gokey is an enrolled member of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma and is also Shawnee, Sac and Fox Nation, and Myaamia from her paternal grandparents.) Here are some of her suggestions:

    Look for Histories That Includes Native Voices
    Growing up, many Americans learned about Native Americans only in history class. Starting with Columbus, history lessons in school typically took on a Eurocentric perspective of "discovery" and Manifest Destiny, not the violent colonization and forced removal experienced by Native peoples.

    One of Gokey's projects at the National Museum of the American Indian is Native Knowledge 360°, an interactive educational resource for teachers and students that explores key moments in U.S. history from an indigenous perspective. For example, what does it mean to remove a people? Or were treaties meant to last forever?

    "Teaching more accurate and complete narratives that include these different perspectives is key to rethinking our history," says Gokey. "But we rarely hear Native perspectives in media, classrooms and books. The silences speak loudly and they really discount the incredible resilience and innovation of Native cultures."

    study of U.S. educational standards from kindergarten through high school, the vast majority (87 percent) of lessons that include Native Americans take place in a pre-1900 context. When indigenous people are exclusively talked about in the past tense, it creates a false narrative that Native peoples and their cultures are dead or irrelevant.

    For example, if you've been taught the disturbing truth about Columbus' treatment of the indigenous Taíno people of the Caribbean, you'll know that 90 percent of the Taíno were killed from a combination of slave labor and European diseases by 1540, less than 50 years after Columbus landed in Hispaniola. But that's not where the Taíno story ends.

    "The Taíno people are alive today," says Gokey. "So many of our textbooks say that all the Native people in the Caribbean died off, but they continue to live in Puerto Rico and other parts of the Caribbean and the U.S."
  2. FryDaddyJr

    FryDaddyJr Well-Known Member

  3. ddddd

    ddddd Well-Known Member

    When do you cancel Kamala Harris for her family being slave owners?
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  4. Profiler

    Profiler Well-Known Member

    Don’t forget Joe R. Biden.
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  5. Profiler

    Profiler Well-Known Member

    You are historically deficient. Slavery and cannibalism was well established here long before Europeans set foot on the Americans.
  6. charley

    charley Well-Known Member

    I really want to understand this issue.

    An Italian goes to Spain. The Italian uses the 15th Century equal to a 20th century Mafioso scam tactic, gets some money, and ships and sails to a new Land. He finds a new land he didn't intend to find or was looking for, and claims it for Spain.
    Spain says good deal, and heads to South America and begins a 3 century campaign of wiping out the South American population, while encroaching into the North Americas to do the same thing, only to be stopped by the power of Comacheria, and welcomes white European settlers to the Northern borders of South America, to act as a buffer between the Spanish government controlled territories and the feared and hated Comanche, the most powerful deterrent the Spanish ever encountered....composed of the finest mounted Light Cavalry the world has ever known, and they fight from horseback, which no indigenous people of North or South America had ever done. So, the Spanish abandon Texas and New Mexico and California, to White Europeans, and the Comanche rule the territory with the military brilliance of Patton for 370 years.

    Meanwhile, Columbus had returned to Spain, with some prisoners and slaves, much to the delight of Spanish society. He makes 3 more trips to the Americas. he becomes a colonial Governor. He then enters a protracted battle with the Spanish Crown, over what they owe him. He is arrested by the Crown, for brutality during his Governorship.

    However, nothing is mentioned of the Spanish Crown brutally destroying anything that even looks remotely like Spanish possible descent indigenous populations in South America and North America, and stealing all the riches the Crown could, or, as it should be more correctly identified, as systematic genocide of these populations (which btw they used the power of the Crown and the Catholic Church to enslave, for 2-1/2 centuries), and fornicated to their heart's content, and here we are, 500 or so years later, and the offspring are now a protected social class...

    AND COLUMBUS IS THE BAD GUY?? (its always those darn Italians)

    I know, this is the short version, but I think it makes the point.

    Good Lord. Literally and figuratively.
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  7. FryDaddyJr

    FryDaddyJr Well-Known Member

  8. StankyBoy

    StankyBoy Active Member

    I for one won’t celebrate the bad things Columbus did.

    however I do celebrate the bravery it took to secure funds, cross the ocean, quell a mutiny, share the knowledge of the new continent, and allowed European tech to enter the native marketplace.

    without Columbus, there would be little here besides factional tribes - and they weren’t exactly peacekeepers themselves.
  9. FryDaddyJr

    FryDaddyJr Well-Known Member

  10. FryDaddyJr

    FryDaddyJr Well-Known Member

    I agree. what's wrong with genocide when you need suburbs and malls.
  11. Profiler

    Profiler Well-Known Member

    No, that would be illegal same as the BLM fire sales.
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  12. yakpoo

    yakpoo Well-Known Member

    Marxists scour history looking for anything they can exploit for "Moral Authority". Marxists have no moral authority. Marxists answer to no higher authority than themselves.
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