Christopher Columbus Day – Celebrating a Hero or Horrible, Horrible Man!
So Columbus Day has arrived. A nice national holiday to celebrate great Christopher Columbus who found the new world and proved that the earth was round. That is what he did right? Or did he?
We celebrate Christopher Columbus Day just as we do with the likes with the likes of Martin Luther King & Abraham Lincoln. An amazing group to be associated with. There must be good reasons right?
There is no way we celebrate a man who heartlessly murdered the natives for sport in search of gold, and callously allowed his men to feed them to live to the dogs? Someone who regularly led men who cut of body parts of native as a way to control them and force them to pay tribute? Someone who used young girls as sex slaves rewards for his men?
We do no such thing. Our history books, what we see on TV, what we’ve read in books, what we intake in, I’ll say it.. media, says otherwise… right?
Enjoy (be horrified by?) this Infographic.
Warning: Not for the faint of heart. Lot of cruelty.
Infographic from is from The Oatmeal
Sources of Information
A People’s History of the United States: 1492 to Present by Howard Zin
Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James W. Lowewen.
- Were you surprised?
- What was the most shocking?
- Who would you nominate to take over this national holiday?
How about William Wilberforce!