Happy Columbus Day!
Well another year, another Columbus Day. As I realized that this day has to mean more than just another day off for me right (thank you Jesus for government employment)? Surely this man of the same first name as I accomplished great things right? Why else would we celebrate a day in his honor? Let’s take a look at the resume of Christopher Columbus.
We celebrate a day in his honor as he is the one who “discovered” the Americas. The worst part is that he also decided to do all this in the name of Jesus.
Your Highnesses, as Catholic Christians and Princes who love the holy Christian faith, and the propagation of it, and who are enemies of the sect of Mahoma and to all idolatries and heresies, resolved to send me, Cristobol Colon, to the said parts of India to see the said princes, and the cities and lands, and their disposition, with a view that they might be converted to our holy faith; and ordered that I should not go by land to the eastward, as had been customary, but that I should go by way of the west, wither up to this day, we do not know for certain that any one has gone.
Christopher Columbus, Journal of His First Voyage
His record of murder, enslavement (sending back over 500 natives after his second voyage), bringing disease to the natives, and using them for all their material wealth has led "The National Council of Churches declares the anniversary of Columbus 'not a time for celebration' but for 'reflection and repentance' in which whites must acknowledge a continuing history of 'oppression, degradation, and genocide.'"
Despite the fact that there is evidence of pre-Columbus trans-atlantic contact, and the fact that he never “discovered” our very country that celebrates the holiday—it makes you wonder why do we celebrate this man? Can I get a “woot, woot” for the real natives?
I will continue to be amazed at what our country celebrates as “heroic.” It seems like a day when people are actually concerned with truth and admirable causes that the cause of social injustice will continue to be celebrated by Americans happily and naively. Put Jesus in a manager, make the resurrection about a bunny, celebrate a murder and rapist, have a holiday about occult practices, and don’t forget that always cheerful flag day!