Monday, October 8, 2012
Reconsider Columbus Day
I imagine that I've posted this before, but it's worth sharing again.
Apart from celebrating some seriously inaccurate historical myth, Columbus Day is a classic demonstration of the whitewashing of history and continued denial of rights and humanity of indigenous peoples. Indigenous peoples in North America continue to fight state repression, racism, and horrendous health metrics, and the conditions for indigenous peoples in Central and South America are even worse. Take for example the big story coming out of Guatemala this week--that at least 6 protestors were killed and even more wounded by the Guatemalan military.
Columbus Day is an easy one to forget about--it's a minor holiday that I barely pay attention to since I don't get off from school anymore--but it is certainly important to reconsider, since we have a long way to go before indigenous people are treated equally.