I mean, this Monday is Columbus Day. That SOB killed more people than Manson, Ted Bundy, Richard Ramirez and their whole sick crew could ever have dreamed. Still, a country should honor its homegrown maniacs, don't youth think?
You could throw in our war-mongering politicians and Lockheed Martin and the whole tax-funded global killing machine. Make it a mighty Death Extravaganza Day. See what I'm sayin'?
If that sounds a bit twisted, you're right. It's very twisted. Having a mass murderer, slave merchant, disease spreader and general piece of garbage from the 15th century celebrated each year is a national disgrace. But no, it's a public holiday.
Columbus hit the Americas like the Black Death and yet he still gets a red letter day on our calendars.
How about this: Instead of Columbus Day, we have National Humanitarian Day? Or Indigenous People's Day? Or a National Day of Regret? Y'know, something with positive connotations. It's pretty sad that such a notion passes as radical thinking.
Christopher Columbus wasn't much different to any other genocidal maniac in history. Except he arrived on a boat and found a way to reconcile Christianity and dismemberment (though he was neither the first nor last in that regard).
Problem is, Chris kept a journal. And a roomful of crooked cops couldn't beat a better confession out of a man.
So let's teach our kids the real history of the planet. Deal? Glossing this stuff over only gives them a distorted, ethnocentric view of things.
For some solid info on the real Columbus, the late historian Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States" is essential reading. (Or, for younger folk, his "A Young People's History of the United States.")
Here Zinn talks about his "Young People's" version of the book and about Columbus and others. I urge you to buy this book for your kids and tell the local schools to add Zinn's history books to the curriculum.
I'm going to side with truth, not lies this holiday weekend. For me, Monday shall be Howard Zinn Day.
Enjoy the extra day off and find something better to celebrate,
COLUMBUS DAY UPDATE: FOX NEWS HAS DONE IT AGAIN! Read my response FOX NEWS: SCUM NEVER SLEEPS, IT JUST BLOCKS FEEDBACK.
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HOWARD ZINN check out my blog entry VALE HOWARD ZINN.