‘Columbus Day’ My Black Ass: Why Black People Shouldn’t Celebrate Columbus Day
Today, the United States of America is celebrating what is known as “Columbus Day,” a day to honor Christopher Columbus for “discovering the new world.” Columbus is heralded as a hero by many, and his name has been glorified for a long, long time. The thing is, not everything they taught you in your school’s history class is the truth.
Here at Soulreflectionz, we are among the number of informed individuals who do not celebrate Columbus Day, simply because, there’s nothing to celebrate. Why celebrate a self-seeking, sadistic individual who was driven by greed to commit mass murder and snatch the freedom of other human beings? Yes, people, this is who Columbus really was.
First of all, let’s get one thing clear: Columbus DID NOT discover the new world. To give him credit for discovering that part of the world that came to be known as the new world (the Caribbean region) is to discredit all of the indigenous people who got there first and made a life for themselves there; the people who truly discovered “the new world.”
He was, however, the first to introduce ugly things to the new world, such as human trafficking, enslaving women and girls for sex, forced labor, and genocide. Because of Christopher Columbus, an entire ethnic group, the Amerindians, was wiped out. In fact, it was he who inspired the trans-Atlantic slave trade, because once all the Amerindians were killed and there was no one to work the sugar cane plantations in the West Indies, the British, the French and the Dutch turned on Africans to force them to work the sugar cane plantations; but don’t just take our word for it. Watch the video below.
By: Danielle Dixon
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