This used to be “Columbus Day.” Few have read Columbus’s journal about the people who greeted him & his crew 10/12/1492: “They ... brought us parrots and balls of cotton and spears and many other things... “They were well-built, with good bodies and handsome features... 1/3
“They do not bear arms ... I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance. They have no iron. Their spears are made of cane... They would make fine servants... With 50 men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.” 2/3
Genocide of indigenous peoples followed. Columbus was no hero. I’m Mark Small: pro-choice, pro-environment & pro-civil rights GOP candidate for Indiana House Distr 86. I’m proud to be progressive, in the tradition of the original GOP. I approve of this blog. Hell, I wrote it. 3/3
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