I almost said “Holiday”…ALMOST.
Unfortunately, a very large number of people get offended if you call Columbus day a holiday.
They start going off about how wrong it is to celebrate a day that glamorizes the mistreatment of the Native American people.
I have two things to say to that;
1- Shut the fuck up. Seriously.
2- It was 1492, not the 80’s. Times were different.
Okay, so, if you’re not already pissed, having slammed close the lid of your laptop while calling me every filthy name you can think of, or making up new ones (e-mail those, I’m always on the lookout for new insults) keep reading and see where the PC movement has brainwashed you. (OOPS, pissed off more people)
Let’s delve a little deeper into this.
People are upset because Columbus came to the Americas and set a precedent for exploiting indigenous people.
This also leads into similar arguments about Thanksgiving. (There’ll be a separate ‘Shut The Fuck Up’ post then as well)
Columbus’ now infamous voyage happened over 500 years ago.
Look a little more into your history, people.
Everyone was exploiting whoever they could back then.
It’s how they survived.
It’s not right by our standards.
I’d like to think that’s because we have evolved as a social animal.
We can not judge them by our standards today.
What? Did I just hear somebody say “But that doesn’t mean that we have to celebrate his sins today, Mr Diogenes.”
….I really need my shocky stick.
Here’s something else to remember, they were still recovering from the Dark Ages in 1492.
Does anyone remember what the Dark Ages were?
Here’s as brief a refresher as possible.
The Dark Ages were that time during European history when the Roman Catholic Church, The Royals, and the Rich all cultivated ignorance in the common man as a way to subdue and control him.
There was quite a bit of knowledge lost during this backward time in history, and it took a very long time to recover from it.
During the Dark Ages people were taught that the Earth was flat and that the sun revolved around the Earth.
Columbus’ voyage proved that the Earth was not only not flat, but that there were still many wondrous things to discover.
His arrival in the West Indies was an integral part of an age of enlightenment.
THAT is what should be celebrated on Columbus Day.
If you choose to believe that Columbus Day is about discrimination and exploitation that says more about you than it does about the day.
We celebrate accomplishments.
I don’t know about any of you, but I don’t celebrate Columbus Day by driving out to the Reservation and handing out smallpox infested blankets and bottles of Mr Boston vodka while trading Dollar Tree glass beads for silver and turquoise.
Personally, I spend it enjoying a free day with friends and family.
Does that make it evil?
People really need to get their heads out of their asses and start living a little instead of protesting.
It’s in the past, you can’t change that without a TARDIS, a Delorean, or a short-circuited hot tub.
Make what you do count, not something from half a millennium ago.