Donald Trump praises slave trader Christopher Columbus for the “spirit of determination and adventure” that has provided “inspiration to generations of Americans.” Of course, he makes no mention of the indigenous people Columbus murdered.
“We honor his remarkable accomplishments as a navigator, and celebrate his voyage into the unknown expanse of the Atlantic Ocean,” Trump’s proclamation continues.
Christopher Columbus’s spirit of determination & adventure has provided inspiration to generations of Americans. On #ColumbusDay, we honor his remarkable accomplishments as a navigator, & celebrate his voyage into the unknown expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. https://t.co/Mg3dxRfPuN
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2018
Um, Christopher Columbus and his sailors brought disease to the native Indians of the countries they traversed. They literally killed off the Arawak Indians (Taino Indians) in Jamaica and beyond. Let’s not try to put lipstick on a pig….it’s still a pig.
He definitely saw profit in enslaving and selling native peoples kidnapped from Caribbean shores. Once he made allies among what he called “good Indians,” Columbus advocated fighting and enslaving native groups he presumed to be cannibals. By 1500, he and his brothers had sent nearly 1,500 enslaved islanders to European markets to be sold. Even “friendly” indigenous peoples were forced to mine gold en masse, speeding death from malnourishment, overwork and disease.
Columbus was clearly no friend of native peoples, but a document discovered 10 years ago in Simancas, Spain, suggests he was an equal-opportunity tyrant. Witnesses testified that his brief government of Hispaniola was marked by routine cruelty not only to the native Taínos but also to Spaniards who defied or mocked him. A woman who reminded Columbus that he was the son of a weaver had her tongue cut out. Others were executed for minor crimes. Source: Washington Post
Christopher Columbus didn’t discover America…it was already inhabited. It’s also very questionable whether he was the first European to come to American shores.
I would much rather celebrate National Indigenous People’s Day. These were the people Columbus and his marauders terrorized and abused. It’s no secret that Donald Trump greatly admires him, just like Andrew Jackson, who presided over the Great Trail of Tears.
Happy #IndigenousPeoplesDay and sending love to all those who have been tyrannized or abused by The Patriarchy! It started with Columbus and it's happening again with Trump.
— Morgan J. Freeman (@mjfree) October 8, 2018
Former President Barack Obama acknowledged the pain the Native Americans felt at the hands of Columbus. In his 2016 proclamation, he wrote, “As we mark this rich history, we must also acknowledge the pain and suffering reflected in the stories of Native Americans who had long resided on this land prior to the arrival of European newcomers.” “The past we share is marked by too many broken promises, as well as violence, deprivation, and disease.”
Reaction on Twitter to Columbus Day:
You are an ignorant fool. Christopher Columbus did not set out to find this new world. Queen of Spain needed a new trade route east that avoided conflict. Columbus also spearheaded the atlantic slave trade and began a ruthless cycle of genocide against the Native Americans.
— ♻️🇺🇸 Christopher Zullo (@ChrisJZullo) October 8, 2018
Christopher Columbus did NOT discover America, prove the "flat earth" theory wrong, or build a successful business. Literally none of these are true.
He did, however, promote colonialism and enslave and sell thousands of indigenous people in the "New World".
— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) October 8, 2018
Good morning to everyone except the slave-owning founding fathers, Columbus, Donald Trump, Brett Kavanaugh, 53% of white women, Trey Gowdy, Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell.
Yes, I’m in a mood.
— ElizabethCMcLaughlin (@ECMcLaughlin) October 8, 2018
Imagine if a burglar broke into your house, kicked up his feet, and had the audacity to tell you who you could invite over. Then, the government backs him, says that he “discovered” the house you already owned, and gives him a holiday.
Happy Columbus Day.
— ☼кёё☾ (@OMGkee) October 8, 2018
A thing I like to note is that Christopher Columbus was so cruel and moreover, so abjectly bad at governing that he was arrested and eventually imprisoned by the King and Queen of Spain, the same King of Spain that forcibly (and I mean FORCIBLY) converted the Moors.
— Jane Coaston (@cjane87) October 8, 2018
#Columbus kidnapped a Carib woman giving her to a crew member to rape
"She was unwilling & treated me with her nails that I wished I had never begun. I took a piece of rope & whipped her soundly. She let forth such incredible screams that you would not have believed your ears" pic.twitter.com/lAunjbhWvp
— The Right is Wrong🌊 (@therightswrong) October 8, 2018
Quite the inspiration from some dude who stumbled across the Americas, enslaved and mutilated the native people who happened to have esablished residency well before he decimated the entire population with infectious disease and various inhumane practices.
— sha_ha_dah (@boom_shakalakah) October 8, 2018