To borrow a line from Paul Simon’s song, Kodachrome;
When I think back on all the crap I learned in high school
It’s a wonder I can think at all…
Although much of the “Lie” I write about began in the first years of my education. Having taken the time to undo and uncover many of these ingrained falsehoods, it is indeed a wonder I can think at all.
In this particular instance, I am talking about Columbus Day and celebrating those things (all false) we were taught about this man and that period of history. To summarize;
- Columbus proved the world to be round (False, the fact of the world being round was well established)
- Columbus discovered America (False. Not only did he not discover it, he didn’t even know where he was)
- Columbus had a fine relationship with the “Indians” (False, he captured many, compelled them through brutal measures to reveal treasures and infected them with European strains of viruses and bacteria that killed them (this last part might be a stretch since they didn’t understand the science of infection but nevertheless this was left out of the “history” books I was compelled to read))
My point here is why do we continue to “celebrate” a man responsible for the devastation and enslavement of many Native Americans (they did not even know they needed to be discovered) and attribute false claims of discovery to his journeys at the expense of the truth.
I think it might be time for this country to start celebrating truth, not patently false fairytales intended to obscure the realities of the atrocities visited upon the true Native Americans.
We need to describe Columbus as he truly was, one of the first in a series of Illegal Aliens invading this land.
Maybe there is something to preventing illegal immigration, albeit some Five Hundred Years too late.