Oct 102011

In the United States today we observed Columbus Day, set aside to honor an explorer whose arrival in the New World began a process in which probably tens of millions (at least) of indigenous people would perish of novel communicable diseases, while millions of others would be conquered and enslaved.

Schoolchildren across the land were taught to recite the litany of his three ships “the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria,” To my knowledge, no names of the dead are recorded or taught.  Banks and the Post Office were closed.

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  One Response to “Late Columbus Day post”

  1. To paraphrase James Joyce, history is the nightmare from which all antinatalists are trying to awake. And one day we will, into the sweet void of non-existence.

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