Columbus Day

1492. As children we were taught to memorize this year with pride and joy as the year people began living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America. Actually, people had been living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America for hundreds of years before that. 1492 was simply the year sea pirates began to rob, cheat, and kill them.

Kurt Vonnegut, Braekfast of Champions

For their own good, of course.

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Author: Rick

I'm a simple man, trying to make my way in the universe.

1 thought on “Columbus Day”

  1. Are the schools now teaching that Columbus was an evil man, focusing on all the bad things that happened to the indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere after his arrival in the New World? When I was in elementary school, the history texts of the time didn’t even mention those things and glorified Columbus as a hero. Maybe a little more balanced reporting is in order here. Why can’t we just present the facts without value judgments? Every European power that sought to explore and colonize the Americas exploited and/or slaughtered the native peoples, took their land and their natural resources. Why single out Columbus?

    Maybe it’s about time the education establishment presented the facts, the causes, the effects, the historical figures and events, without prejudice or value judgments, and let the students decide for themselves. Whoops, what am I thinking? That would encourage critical thinking and, worse yet, free thinking. We can’t have that in Amerika, can we?

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