National Gigolo Day (Columbus Day)
Today is Columbus Day. The banks, post offices and schools are closed to "celebrate".
Butt Columbus did NOT discover America. Columbus never made it to North America. He crossed the Atlantic Ocean four times. He was the first European to see the Bahamas and he landed on (and named) Hispaniola Island (where The Dominican Republic and Haiti are located). He also made it to South and Central America. While on Hispaniola he kidnaped a woman and let his crew rape her.
After an attack by more than 2,000 Indians, Columbus had an underling, Alonso de Ojeda, bring him three Indian leaders, whom Columbus then ordered publicly beheaded. Ojeda also ordered his men to grab another Indian, bring him to the middle of his village, and "'cut off his ears' in retribution for the Indians' failing to be helpful to the Spaniards when fording a stream.
"The Indians destroyed their stores of bread so that neither they nor the invaders would be able to eat it. They plunged off cliffs, they poisoned themselves with roots, and they starved themselves to death. Oppressed by the impossible requirement to deliver tributes of gold, the Indians were no longer able to tend their fields, or care for their sick, children, and elderly. They had given up and committed mass suicide to avoid being killed or captured by Christians, and to avoid sharing their land with them, their fields, groves, beaches, forests, and women: the future of their people.
While paling in comparison to his crimes against Caribs and Taino Indians, Columbus's rule over Spanish settlers was also brutal. He ordered at least a dozen Spaniards "to be whipped in public, tied by the neck, and bound together by the feet" for trading gold for food to avoid starvation. He ordered a woman's tongue cut out for having "spoken ill of the Admiral and his brothers."
Another woman was "stripped and placed on the back of a donkey … to be whipped" as punishment for falsely claiming to be pregnant. He "ordered Spaniards to be hanged for stealing bread".
He even ordered the ears and nose cut off one miscreant, who was also whipped, shackled, and banished from the island. He ordered a cabin boy's hand nailed in public to the spot where he had pulled a trap from a river and caught a fish. Whippings for minor infractions occurred with alarming frequency. Columbus ordered one wrongdoer to receive a hundred lashes — which could be fatal — for stealing sheep, and another for lying about the incident. An unlucky fellow named Juan Moreno received a hundred lashes for failing to gather enough food for Columbus's pantry.
This one he admitted himself in a letter to Doña Juana de la Torre , a friend of the Spanish queen: "There are plenty of dealers who go about looking for girls; those from nine to ten are now in demand, and for all ages a good price must be paid."
Benjamin Keen, a historian of the Spanish conquest of the Americas, noted that multiple sources confirmed accounts of "exhausted Indian carriers, chained by the neck, whose heads the Spaniards severed from their bodies so they might not have to stop to untie them."
Columbus started the genocide of indigenous people, forced conversion to Christianity, the slave trade in the New World and child sex trafficking.
So what did Columbus achieve? Columbus could not finance his adventures. He travelled all over Europe butt he could not get the funding he needed. Columbus managed to get Queen Isabels family jewels. He must have been an extremely successful gigolo.
There were lots of people in America centuries before Columbus was born. Where did they come from? They crossed into Alaska from Asia using the Bering Land Bridge. They were the Clovis and Pre-Clovis people who eventually populated North and South America. The first Europeans to reach North America were probably the Vikings.
Let's celebrate " Indigenous People's Day " instead of "Columbus Day".
Biden declares October 11 Indigenous Peoples' Day and says restoring national monuments is the 'easiest thing I've ever done so far as President'
A demonstrator marches to Faneuil Hall with other protesters while participating in the Indigenous Peoples Day rally and march in Boston on Oct. 10, 2020. Photo by Erin Clark/The Boston Globe via Getty Image
President Joe Biden declared October 11 Indigenous Peoples' Day.
Biden acknowledged in a Columbus Day proclamation that European explorers harmed Native Americans.
On Friday, the Biden administration restored protections for two national monuments in Utah.
Following years of campaigning by Native Americans for federal recognition, President Joe Biden issued the first presidential proclamation of Indigenous Peoples' Day, which he declared would be observed on October 11 in honor of America's first inhabitants.
"Since time immemorial, American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians have built vibrant and diverse cultures - safeguarding land, language, spirit, knowledge, and tradition across the generations," a White House proclamation release from Biden said .
Although Indigenous Peoples' Day will be celebrated on the same date as Columbus Day, Biden acknowledged the atrocities inflicted on Indigenous communities by European explorers in another proclamation and urged the country not to try and bury "shameful episodes of our past."
"For Native Americans, western exploration ushered in a wave of devastation: violence perpetrated against Native communities, displacement and theft of Tribal homelands, the introduction and spread of disease, and more," a White House proclamation from Biden said. "On this day, we recognize this painful past and recommit ourselves to investing in Native communities, upholding our solemn and sacred commitments to Tribal sovereignty, and pursuing a brighter future centered on dignity, respect, justice, and opportunity for all people."
Biden also announced Friday that his administration will restore protections for the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments in Utah, as well two monuments in New England.
"This may be the easiest thing I've ever done so far as President," Biden said Friday during a speech outside the White House.
Former President Donald Trump had previously revoked protections for thousands of acres across the four monuments, Indian Country Today reported , which opened them up to mining, commercial fishing, and other developments.
"Today's announcement, it's not just about national monuments. It's about this administration centering the voices of Indigenous people and affirming the shared stewardship of this landscape with tribal nations," said Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland , a citizen of the Laguna Pueblo nation.
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