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.

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.

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.”

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